Ray Gottlieb




Lecture :

Saturday 30 October 2021

14:30 - 15:15


Workshop :

Sunday 31 October 2021

17:30 - 20:30







Practices that I use to help myself and educate my patients toward better vision and a self-healing lifestyle


In 1971, Dr. Gottlieb cured his myopia using Bates’ approach. Since then he has been his own best patient and the star subject in his self-healing research ‘laboratory’ where he invents, explores and expands his knowledge on his nearly 50-year quest to understand what Bates was really talking about. He will describe and demonstrate some of his favorite techniques and will also review recent eye and brain research that provides a scientific rational and support for how palming, blinking, breathing, sunning, shifting, central fixation and microsaccades work to bring clear vision and ocular health.



What was Bates really trying to say?


Workshop will include:

  • Forty-Seven Years of living with Bates – tips, tricks and practice-practice-practice;
  • Searching for a scientific rational for Bates’ approach – A review of supportive cognitive and neuroscience research articles.
  • More questions than answers? – A round-table discussion of how do palming, shifting, swinging, central fixation, etc. really help to improve vision?

Modern neuroscience presents a dynamic picture of visual brain function that supports the basic tenants of the Bates Method. Vision is not static but is based on proactive, reactive, and interactive actions. Vision is a dynamic, a creative exploration into an ever-changing environment. the cognitive and sensory role of saccade, microsaccade and voluntary pursuit eye movement behaviors; research about accommodation, convergence and presbyopia; the role of spatial frequency, contrast and blur adaptation; how contrast and blur adaptation impact vision. You’ll be amazed at what you didn’t know!


Ray Gottlieb, O.D., Ph.D. USA


Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry in 1964 with highest honors. He practiced optometry for many years, specializing in Bates method practices, behavioral optometric training, syntonic phototherapy, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and low vision. Dr. Gottlieb is the Dean of the College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO). He taught on the academic faculty of the University of Houston College of Optometry and worked on the clinical faculty of two universities, two psychiatric hospitals, and a low vision center. He was the research editor for Brain/Mind Bulletin and for 25 years has trained advanced piano students to improve their learning and visual skills at summer piano programs. In 1980, he conceived of and opened the first “Eye Gym” in Santa Monica, CA. In 1971, he eliminated his myopia using Bates exercises and later prevented his presbyopia using a method he invented (now a DVD package called The Read Without Glasses Method). His writings include books – Attention and Memory Training: Stress-Point Learning on the Trampoline (2005), The Fundamentals of Flow in Learning Music, with Prof. Rebecca Penneys (1994) – His Ph.D. dissertation, A Neurophsychology of Nearsightedness (1977), and many journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Gottlieb lectures about vision to scientists, educators, health professionals and the general public in the U.S. and abroad. Now retired from optometry practice, he lives in Florida where he researches, writes, swims, and invents and practices eye/brain/body exercises on a sunny Gulf of Mexico beach.