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Purpose: To increase the patient’s awareness of periphery and provide a better ability to gather visual information from the periphery of the visual field.
Materials: Eye patch (if directed by your therapist) White board OR Paper with letters or numbers scattered around a central target
Procedure: 1. If your therapist has directed you to do so, cover one eye with an eye patch.
2. Write letters or numbers scattered around a central target on your white board, or—if you don’t have a white board—write letters or numbers around a central target on a large piece of paper.
3. Stand in front of your paper, approximately 1.5-2 feet back. Keep your eyes fixed on your central target.
4. Have your helper call out letters or numbers for you to reach out and touch. Use your peripheral vision to tell you where the letter or number in question is. Don’t take your eyes off your central target.
5. If you are doing this alone, go through the alphabet or through the numbers in sequential order. Use your periphery to find them, then reach out and touch them while keeping your eyes on your central target.