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Eye Exercises

These exercises will help you recover your vision after surgery. These exercises may provoke symptoms of dizzines or nausea. Work through these symptoms.

Gaze stabilization exercise

Gaze stabilization sitting exercise illustration

Tips:

  • Target must remain in focus, not blurry,  and appear stationary while head is in motion.
  • Perform exercise with small head movement (45° to either side of midline).
  • Speed of head motion should be increased as long as target remains in focus.
  • If you use glasses, wear them while performing exercises.
  •  If too dizzy, slow head movement down slightly. Rest between each exercise. Exercises demand concentration, avoid distractions.
  • For safety, standing exercises must be performed close to a counter or next to someone.

Exercise:

  1. Keep eyes fixed on a single stationary target held in hand or placed on the wall several feet away.
  2. Move head side to side for 15-30 seconds, then repeat, moving head up and down for 15-30 seconds. 
  3. Do 3-4 sessions per day.
  4. Repeat using full field stimulus several times a day.

Gaze stabilization sitting exercise illustration

Visuo-vestibular exercise: head / eyes - moving in opposite direction

Visuo-vestibular exercise illustration

  1. Holding a single target, keep eyes fixed on target. 
  2. Slowly move triage UP-DOWN / SIDE TO SIDE / DIAGONALLY while moving head in opposite direction of target for ___ seconds each direction.
  3. Perform in _________ position.
  4. Repeat ____ times per session. Do ____ sessions per day.
  5. (Optional) Repeat using full field stimulus.
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