Information about the saccadic training
What does the saccadic training offer?
- 15 various exercises
- Various difficulty levels
- Mutiple statistical evaluations
- Free visual field test
- Customizable software (e.g. zoom or contrast mode for people with a more severe visual impairment)
- 14 days right of return
- Currently available in the following languages: German, French and English
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What are saccades?A saccade is one of the three eye movements. It is a fast and sudden eye movement in which the eye spontaneously targets an object, but no information acquisition takes place. When a text is read, the forward jumps of the eye are called saccades (Latin: jerky). It is also referred to as a "jump in the eye". Depending on the reading competency, you have different lengths, with eight to nine letters from one fixation to the next being classified as normal in reading research. In addition to the saccades there are two further eye movement patterns, the regressions and fixation.
Why an visual training?A neurological disorder, e.g. a stroke, a traumatic brain injury or a tumor leads to a disturbance of the visual pathway in about 30% of the cases. This results in a loss of vision. You will only see it on one side, or there is one or more quadrants missing in the field of vision:
As a result, the patient often loses autonomy: he can or may not be driving anymore, has difficulty reading and possibly problems in mobility - he is generally uncertain and is thus restricted in everyday life. A scientifically studied and successful method of therapy is the exploratory saccadic training, in which the patient trains his eyes in the direction of the blind side and thus uses his dormant eye muscle potential. How often do you move your eyes in your everyday life? Mostly the head takes care of things that are not directly in the field of view and turns. The eyes are rarely moved to the extreme.
Kerkhoff G (2010) Evidenzbasierte Verfahren in der neurovisuellen Rehabilitation, Neuro Rehabil, 16 (2): 82- 90
«Evaluated several times»The visual saccadic training [...] is a multi-evaluated treatment procedure aimed to improve the oculomotor compensation in the blind facial field.
Link to the review
The exercises of the saccadic training are helping to awake this potential of the eyes by solving various tasks on the computer. This is an example of such a search task:
In this exercise, the patient has to look for a random number on the screen with his eyes only, and then move the mouse over them. He must not move his head so that the eyes make saccadic movements and are being trained.