Do You Have Visual Strain or Headaches?

Do you have headaches or eyestrain at computer? Watch and try out our simple video. Check your saccadic eye movement to see if your eyes fatigue easily and need to retrain this control. This will help you read more easily. Contact us to determine if this exercise is appropriate for you. Individual assessment and exercise prescription is much more effective.

Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and today I want to show you a simple vision exercise that you can work on at home. We see this often in the clinic with people who have had concussion injury, hits to the head or sometimes with whiplash or neck pain. So our eyes, our upper neck and our inner ear all coordinate together to help us do all the complex things we do.

What we’re going to look at today is called saccadic movement or quick eye movements that are required to do things like reading, react or whatnot. So I’ve put up some sticky notes on the wall. You can use various things for this, but I just used sticky notes and I kind of put them at eye level for me and then a vertical strip as well. So if you’ll come around, what I’m going to get you working on at home.

Trying to stand back probably two to three feet, and so when I’m looking at the centre, those two sticky notes on the side are almost in the peripheral of my vision and I’m going to work on a quick eye movement back and forth, trying to keep my head steady, as quick as I can. Back and forth trying to control it.

Now if this is difficult at all, you can individually test your eyes by covering one eye and trying the saccadic movement side to side, eye movements side to side on one eye for 30 to 60 seconds and then switch eyes, saccadic movement 30 to 60 seconds and then do both eyes together again. This helps to train each eye individually and then the two eyes work together.

The other movement you can work on is a vertical saccadic movement. So again, if you want to do on one eye at a time, we work on up and down quick movements, trying to keep the head level while your eye moves so your head is not moving with you and repeat to fatigue usually try for 30 to 60 seconds each one.

Give that a try at home, saccadic eye movements, really trying to control your posture and that should hopefully help you to train your eyes to be a bit stronger. If you have more questions, or you want some specific advice on an injury you’re dealing with please feel free to call us because a specific exercise for what you need is really the most important. Check out our website for more information at