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History of the Clinic


Dr. Bates and his assistant Mrs. Emily Lierman held free clinics at Harlem Hospital Clinic in New York from about 1907 into the 1920s.


A training clinic for potential Bates Teachers has been held in London since the 1940s (and possibly from sometime in the 1930s) This provided clients for the trainee teachers to gain experience teaching under supervision, and Bates lessons at low cost for members of the public.


The Misses Scarlett (Olive and Marie) established a London training clinic which enabled students to gain experience with a variety of vision problems. Miss Evelyn Sage continued the tradition up until 1993.


Peter Mansfield then took up the baton and the Clinic was attached to his Bates College of Vision Education (later known as the School of Vision Education).


Since Peter moved his school to the south of England Margaret Montgomery continues to run the low cost clinic now known as the Bates Vision Clinic in London. Over the last few years the Clinic has been staffed by students and volunteer qualified teachers.

College of Vision Education's Clinic


The College of Vision Education has its own version of the Clinic with clients coming during the course to Felden Lodge enabling the students to teach under supervision in order to gain experience of working with all ages and eye conditions.


If students would like more experience out of course hours then attending the monthly Bates Vision Clinic would also be useful. (See www.batesvisionclinic.org for dates)