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Vision Therapy Activity: Four Corner Fixation

Four-corner fixation is an activity that works on fixations. A central target in the middle of the work area serves as a "home base." On each corner of the work area is a number 1-4. The patient starts fixating on the central target. The therapist says a number. The patient switches their gaze to whichever corner is labeled that number. The therapist then says, "home base," and the patient looks back to the central target. 

 


The primary benefit of the four-corner fixation activity lies in its ability to enhance a person's fixation skills, specifically their capacity to maintain focus on a target without losing concentration. Fixation, in vision therapy, refers to steadily maintaining the eyes on a specific point in space.

 

By repeatedly shifting focus between the central target and the numbered corners, the activity challenges the individual's ability to sustain attention and concentration. Each transition requires the person to quickly and accurately redirect their gaze while maintaining clarity and steadiness of vision.

 

Consistent practice of this activity helps to strengthen the neural pathways involved in fixation, improving the person's ability to sustain focus for prolonged periods. This skill is crucial in everyday activities, such as reading, driving, and engaging in conversation, where maintaining attention on a particular object or task is essential.

 

Moreover, by training the eyes to switch between different points of fixation efficiently, the activity also promotes better eye coordination and flexibility. This can lead to improvements in overall visual comfort and efficiency and reduce eye strain and fatigue associated with prolonged periods of visual tasks.


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