What is Eye Speed?
Saccade or often termed as “Eye Speed” is one of four basic types of eye movements. This type of eye movement is characterized as rapid, sudden movements of the eyes (in the same direction) that abruptly change the point of fixation. These points can range from minute movements such as reading text in a book, to larger movements such as overlooking a mountaintop.
(Side note: During discussions related to human Eye Speed, Saccade is often confused with “Frame Rate”, which has to do with how fast our eyes are able to process consecutive visual images (called “frames”) and is expressed in Frames Per Second or FPS. You’ll see this term a lot with film or video gaming).
How does Eye Speed relate to reading?
When people Google “How To Increase Your Eye Speed”what they’re usually looking to do is increase the rate at which they can interpret what they are seeing visually. Our eyes can make several movements in a matter of a second, but having the mental efficiency to keep up with them is another mechanism entirely.
How can I increase my Eye Speed?
One of the best ways to bridge the disconnect with the rate at which your eyes can scan information and the rate at which you process the words is to utilize a process called “Pacing”. Pacing involves using an object to move over passages as you read. You can use a card, pen, or even your own finger (also called “tracking devices”) to pace what you are reading. Pacing allows you to move through passages of text at a speed where you can mentally interpret the information as well. This not only allows you to form a quick visual muscle memory (scanning left to right), but following the tracking device allows you focus more intently on the selected text which aides in faster comprehension.
Simply put, it makes your eyes slow down so that your mind can keep up! 🙂