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This information is for patients who have been given stereogram exercises to strengthen their binocular vision.
This exercise helps to build up the reserves that pull your eyes outwards.
For these exercises, your orthoptist will provide you with a suitable stereogram card. This may have on it two cats, two buckets, or two sets of interlocking rings.
What are stereograms?
Stereograms are eye exercises that can help to improve various symptoms like double vision and headaches, which have arisen due to the eyes not working as a pair.
- Hold the card at arm’s length with one hand.
- Look into the distance.
- Imagine that you are looking through the card, or the orthoptist may have cut the centres out of the pictures.
- Move the card slowly towards you until you see the number of pictures on the card changing.
- You will notice the pictures on the card start to become double – this is normal and exactly the result we are hoping for.
- Stop moving the card when the two centre pictures on the card appear to overlap.
- You should now see three pictures.
- Hold that position and concentrate on the card whilst continuing to look into the distance (otherwise the illusion will disappear).
- Keep looking into the distance and make the pictures as clear as possible.
- After relax and look into the distance or close your eyes for a minute.
- Repeat the exercise at least two to three times per day but for no longer than three to four minutes each practice session.