Saccadic Eye Movement Simulator (SEMS-200)

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EMDR Therapy Tool Kit

Saccadic Eye Movements and EMDR Therapy

  • In EMDR Therapy two different kinds of eye movements are employed.  One is “saccadic” and the other is “smooth pursuit” eye movement. In saccadic eye movement the eyes shift back and forth between two fixed targets while in smooth pursuit the eyes are tracking a moving target

  • Saccadic eye movements are preferred to smooth pursuit tracking in EMDR Therapy

    • Dr. Francine Shapiro’s discovery was based on observation of her own involuntary saccadic eye movements (2001)

    • ".. Repetitive redirecting of attention in EMDR induces a neurobiological state, similar to that of REM sleep” (Stickgold, 2002, p.61) implicating the involuntary saccadic eye movements that occur in REM sleep

    • Compared to smooth pursuit and vertical eye movements, only horizontal saccadic eye movements enhance episodic memory retrieval (Christman et. al. 2003)

    • Saccadic eye movements are easier to perform by younger children and clients with TBI who may have difficulty in crossing the midline which is required in smooth pursuit

    • Once the eyes become habituated to the location of fixed targets, saccadic eye movements are easier to perform since they consume less attentional resource and cause less strain on the eyes than the smooth pursuit


EMDR Therapy Tool Kit

  • SEMS-200

  • TS-200

  • Remote control

  • AC power supply

  • Heavy duty tripod

  • Carry Case (Accessory)

  • Portable power supply (Accessory)

  • Portable compact tripod (Accessory/Substitute)


Saccadic Eye Movement Simulator

SEMS is a device used to simulate saccadic eye movements in EMDR Therapy.  SEMS consists of detachable optical arms and the central processor unit controlled by a Remote.  The central processor unit is powered by AC adapter and has outlets for tactile and audio signals synchronized with the lights. The EMDR Therapy Took Kit comes with all the component devices to simulate Saccadic Eye Movements (SEMS-200) synchronized with Tactile Stimulator (TS-200) and Audio stimulation through Head Phones. The device can be used as a stand-alone tactile/audio stimulator by detaching the optical arms from the central processor unit.



Our unique design simulates saccadic eye movements with least strain on the eyes permitting longer processing sessions

  • Detachable optical arms that slide into central processor unit

  • Interchangeable six colored light filters

  • Wider lighted target spots (1x1.5 inch) with different colors makes it easier to focus

  • Light, easily disassembled and portable

  • Operated by a handy remote control

  • Lifetime warranty on any production/material defects



Its shape and size makes it possible to hold the Tactile Stimulator in a clasp rather than having to clench it reducing the strain on the hand.  The TS can also be cradled in an open palm. Its water proof smooth surface makes it easy to disinfect with a wipe and hygienic to use client after client.  

  • Cylindrically shaped five-inch long and one-and-half inch wide

  • Made of cast aluminum with high quality engine

  • Durable high quality custom designed cable

  • Water proof with smooth surface

  • Soft and soothing tactile stimulation without jarring vibrations or noise

  • Lifetime Warranty



  1. Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles,

Protocols. And Procedures.  The Guilford Press, NY


  1. Christman, D.S., Garvey, J. K., Propper, E. R., & Phaneuf, A.K. (2003). Bilateral Eye Movements Enhance the Retrieval of Episodic Memories. Neuropsychology Vol. 17, No. 2, 221–229

  2. Stickgold, R. (2002). EMDR: A putative neurobiological mechanism of action. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58, 61-75.

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  • 5
    SEMS-200 Thank you!

    Posted by Connie on 15th Sep 2019

    Thank you! The SEMS-200 is very easy to setup and operate. Shawn answered all my questions and clearly has a passion for our profession! ❤️

  • 5

    Posted by Nancy Griffin on 14th Sep 2019

    Love it! So easy to use. Thank you for providing such an excellent product!