This technology accurately measures the latency, velocity and accuracy of saccades—the fast eye movements that take place as a person quickly shifts his or her gaze to a fresh target. Because saccades to the left or right are controlled by a different hemisphere of the brain, measuring these movements give us insights about functional asymmetries between sides of the brain and/or deficits in the precise neural generators that promote these movements.
Saccades have been extensively studied in people with neurodegenerative disorders and with a variety of neurologic conditions, such as ADHD, concussion, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
The information gathered from saccodometer testing helps us formulate very specific brain-based rehabilitation that selectively targets areas with neurologic deficits. Retesting provides insight about progress and allows us to modify the intensity and specificity of rehabilitation, which can lead to faster, better results.