Optometry & Vision Development
Background: This study is aimed at determining whether reading rate and oculomotor control during reading, could be improved in adults with home-based computerized saccadic eye movement therapy.
Methods: Sixteen Japanese foreign students in the U.S. served as subjects and were randomly divided into two groups; a computerized eye movement training (CEMT) group and a control group. Subjects in the CEMT group received 5 weeks of home-based computerized saccadic eye movement training while subjects in the control group received no comparable training or intervention, other than diagnostic evaluations.
Results: CEMT group demonstrated significant improvement in all Visagraph II measurement parameters after intervention, except for duration of fixation and reading comprehension. Subjects in the control group demonstrated no significant pre-post differences.
Okumura, T., Laukkanen, H., & Tamai, H. (2008). Computerized Saccadic Eye Movement Therapy to Improve Oculomotor Control during Reading and Reading Rate in Adult Japanese Readers. Optometry and Vision Development 39(4): 191-197.