However like many bright people, who become extreme in their thinking and focused on a single direction, it is quite possible to go off the deep end now and then and make a big mistake. I believe that Joseph Mercola is a bit eccentric in regard to eyecare and his views of optometry.
Joseph Mercola just wrote an article supporting the Bates Method of vision improvement and a new Re-Make of these concepts. I believe this is going off the deep end.
Here is my response to his misguided but well intentioned article.
I am a Holistic Eye Doctor with 40 years of practice experience. I have had numerous patients try the Bates Method, and the more recent CD programs sold over the Internet several years ago. I have NEVER seen any improvement of significance! One patient swore she saw better but on testing did not show any improvement. I have seen one patient learn to control the constriction of her pupils after studying the Bates Method. This did make things sharper in bright light but not in dim light and it was only a temporary benefit. A year later she came to get an eye exam because she was again seeing poorly. Studies with Ultarasound show that myopia is related to enlarging eye length: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24232937 , not other factors.
Stress causes lots of problems and may be contributory. Certainly we see lots more Myopia as children reach 2nd grade and read to learn. On the other hand, My dad was an optician and years ago he stocked only lenses for farsighted people. Over his life time, he began to stock more for Nearsighted people with the same genetic population (mostly). Guess what, we eat way too many carbs. Primitive societies had almost NO myopia; but when we introduce them to the western diet, they become just as myopic as the rest of America. Optometry is NOT the Villain that Dr Mercola has now twice attacked. Optometrists are right, the Bates Method does not work for MOST people. A diet of real food, Less close work, outdoor activity, makes difference. There is no one answer. Just keep in mind Primitive Societies had almost NO MYOPIA. They had stress too! Dr Joseph A Ross, HolisticVisionCare.com Brewster NY 10509