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Here is a quick mnemonic “NORMAL VISION to remember about Eye Movements And Alignment

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Eye Movements And Alignment : How To Remember Easily ?

  • N – Normal ocular versions are smooth, symmetric, full, and maintained in all directions without nystagmus.
  • O – Ocular alignment can be judged by holding a penlight directly in front of the patient.
  • R – Rapid and accurate eye movements are assessed through saccades, or quick refixation eye movements.
  • M – Movements are tested by asking the patient to pursue a small target into the cardinal fields of gaze.
  • A – Alignment is checked using the cover test.
  • L – Light reflex is observed during the alignment test.
  • V – Viewing eye is observed during the cover test.
  • I – Instruct the patient to look back and forth between two stationary targets for saccades.
  • S – Single jump eye movements should occur during saccades.
  • I – Instruct the patient to look at a small fixation target during the cover test.
  • O – Orthotropically aligned eyes remain motionless during the cover test.
  • N – Neutralizing the fixation shift can measure the magnitude of the deviation during the cover test.


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