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Purpose: To improve the ability to coordinate the converging, diverging, and focusing of the eyes. Improvement in this skill will enhance the patient’s ability to control where their eyes are pointing and where they are focusing.

Materials: Fusion cards (provided) Flipper (provided)

NOTE: Fusion cards used for this activity include your See 3 Coins card, Lifesaver card, Picture Fusion cards, and Text Fusion Card. Use whichever of these have been indicated by your therapist. Procedure:

You will have learned how to converge and diverge your eyes during previous activities with fusion cards. Your therapist will indicate to you whether they want you to work on converging, diverging, or both.

Converging: 1. Converge your fusion card (by looking in front of the paper, causing the two targets in the background to each double, then overlap to create three) until you can see the center target clearly and keep it from splitting without too much difficulty.

2. Bring the plus (+) side of your flipper over your eyes and try to keep the central image clear. If it splits, keep the flipper over your eyes and regain your fusion of the middle target. Wait a while to allow your eyes to adjust to the flipper and get the target clear.

3. If you are using the Text Fusion Card, clear the text and then read it aloud, trying to maintain clarity the entire time.

4. If you master the flipper you are working with, try converging your target and bringing the flipper back and forth in front of your eyes and back off, keeping the fusion card converged and getting it clear each time. You may also try holding the plus flipper over your eyes and blurring and clearing the text without letting the image split.

5. If you are very comfortable clearing the text while converging with the plus flipper, try getting up and walking around the room while you read it aloud, keep it clear, and maintain convergence.

Diverging: 1. Diverge your fusion card (by looking beyond the paper, causing the two targets in the foreground to each double, then overlap to create three) until you can see the center target clearly and keep it from splitting without too much difficulty.

2. Bring the minus (-) side of your flipper over your eyes and try to keep the central image clear. If it splits, keep the flipper over your eyes and regain your fusion of the middle target. Wait a while to allow your eyes to adjust to the flipper and get the target clear.

3. If you are using the Text Fusion Card, clear the text and then read it aloud, trying to maintain clarity the entire time.

4. If you master the flipper you are working with, try diverging your target and bringing the flipper back and forth in front of your eyes and back off, keeping the fusion card converged and getting it clear each time. You may also try holding the minus flipper over your eyes and blurring and clearing the text without letting the image split.

5. If you are very comfortable clearing the text while diverging with the minus flipper, try getting up and walking around the room while you read it aloud, keep it clear, and maintain divergence.

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