Focus Builder is optimized for use on an iPad.
Eye movements are a very powerful way to exercise the brain and to create long-term change in the brain, known as plasticity. The “Focus Builder” app contains a variety of exercises which challenge users to voluntarily move their eyes in various patterns, speeds and directions, which have been proven to activate specific parts of the brain depending on which eye movement is performed.
This app is specifically designed for doctors that specialize in Functional Neurology and their patients. There is currently no app available that can provide these specific exercises. For best results, patients should consult a Functional Neurologist to determine how to use this app according to their needs and obtain the most therapeutic value.
There are 3 types of eye movements that can have profound therapeutic benefits and all three are available in this app.
1.Pursuits (slow eye movements): Smooth pursuit eye movements allow the eyes to closely follow a moving object. Most people are unable to initiate pursuit without a moving visual signal. The pursuit of targets moving with velocities of greater than 30°/s tend to require catch-up saccades.
2.Saccades (fast eye movements): Saccades are quick, simultaneous movements of both eyes in the same direction. Initiated cortically by the frontal eye fields (FEF), or subcortically by the superior colliculus, saccades serve as a mechanism for fixation, rapid eye movement, and the fast phase of optokinetic nystagmus.
3.Anti-saccades (look away): The anti-saccade task has emerged as an important task for investigating the flexible control that we have over behavior. In this task, participants must suppress the reflexive urge to look at a visual target that appears suddenly in the peripheral visual field and must instead look away from the target in the opposite direction. A crucial step involved in performing this task is the top-down inhibition of a reflexive, automatic saccade. Patients diagnosed with various neurological and/or psychiatric disorders that affect the frontal lobes or basal ganglia find it difficult to suppress the automatic pro-saccade, revealing a deficit in top-down inhibition.
The areas of the brain that are activated by these eye movements are too numerous to list, but to name a few, I have listed some of the functions that can improve with these eye exercises.
7.Goal directed behavior
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Ratings and Reviews
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For some reason when screen recording exercises, the Bell Sound is unable to be recorded along with the saccade movement. Please help!
Amazing for Post-Concussive Syndrome Recovery
In 8 weeks using this app as directed by my functional neurologist in conjunction with a few other exercises, I have gone from looking like a dead-eyed zombie who feels like an elephant is sitting on my head, as I have been for two years, to more or less my old self. I couldn’t look at screens. I felt nauseous riding in cars due to motion sickness and visual/vestibular dysfunction. I cannot believe staring at dots on the iPad (and on my wall) is responsible for this life-altering improvement, but it is. I can imagine this app is very confusing and not useful if people try to use it without consulting a functional neurologist, but using the settings mine programmed has given me my life back.
My only suggestion to the developers is: make it so that the functional neurologist can create your personalized folder of exercises and Airdrop or share them directly to your iPad. As it is now, my doc either has to send a screenshot or very detailed settings or we have to program it at his office. It could be more streamlined.
This App is indispensable for treating altered eye and brain dysfunction for post concussion patients. For those that gave the app a poor review you have to have someone trained in functional neurology to program the exercises for you. After examining a patient and observing their eye movement problems I prescribe specific exercises to correct the weaknesses. This allows patient to rehab at home between visits. The app clearly states that a functional neurologist should guide the patient through proper exercise prescription, otherwise the app will not make sense to the user. We have helped a large number of patients with this app in my clinic.
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- 114.5 MB
- Requires iOS 8.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.1 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.