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Ocular Movements In Coma : How To Remember Easily ?

  • E – Elevating the lids reveals eye position.
  • Y – Yes, horizontal divergence is normal in drowsiness.
  • E – Exonerating extensive damage, roving eye movements occur.
  • M – Maximize observation to determine lesion location.
  • O – Ocular deviation indicates frontal lobe or pons damage.
  • V – Visualize seizures: eyes turn opposite the frontal lobe.
  • E – Eyes paradoxically turn away from deep hemispheral lesions.
  • M – Midbrain and thalamic lesions cause downward eye movement.
  • E – Examine ocular bobbing for pontine damage.
  • N – Notice ocular dipping in cortical anoxic damage.
  • T – Test oculocephalic reflexes for brainstem integrity.
  • S – Suppression of “doll’s eyes” suggests intact frontal lobes.


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