Looking for something?

Find it in our extensive resource library!

Smart Filters

  • Reset
  • Services

  • Who it's for

  • What it’s about

  • Format

View: 2053

Download: 20

Distance position stereogram exercises

What is a stereogram exercise?

It is an exercise for  your child’s eyes to help them work together as a pair more effectively. This can prevent headaches or double vision.

A stereogram is 2 incomplete images which you join to make 1 complete image.

Drawing of stereogram exercise with 2 part complete cat drawings

How do I use it?

  1. Hold a pen or target at arm’s length in front of you level with your eyes
  2. Hold the card between your face and the pen or target so that you can see the pen or target just above the card
  3. Concentrate on the pen or target – keeping this clear and single
  4. You will notice that the cats start to move and you might be aware of 4 cats – 2 of each of those pictured.
  5. Slowly move the stereogram card forwards and backwards – keeping your concentration on the pen or target, the central 2 cats will start to come together to form one complete cat – with the incomplete images either side as below

Drawing of stereogram exercise with 2 part complete cat drawings and 1 complete cat drawing

Initially the image will be blurred and you may not be able to hold the central image complete for very long but as you practice it will get easier


  • If you are struggling you might find it easier to start by using a target further away such as a clock on the wall rather than a pen or closer target.
  • You can cut a V-shaped slot in top of the stereogram card to make the distance target more easily visible.

How often should the exercises be done?

Your orthoptist will advise you how often you need to do the exercises.
Remember to relax your eyes after the exercises by closing your eyes or looking into the distance for a few minutes.

Is something missing from this resource that you think should be included? Please let us know

Contact us


Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: EYE70

Resource Type: Article

How useful did you find this resource?*

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your orthoptist on 0114 27 17468.


Western Bank
S10 2TH

United Kingdom

Switchboard: 0114 271 7000

Interesting Facts

We’ve got a special MRI scanner just for teddies so children can see what it’s like before they have a scan.

Help to transform our extraordinary hospital into something even better.


By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.