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Command. "Close your eyes."

Use separate exercises for the upper and lower eyelids. Give gentle diagonal resistance to the eyelids. Avoid putting pressure on the eyeballs.

The previous two motions are facilitated by neck flexion.

4. M. Levator Palpebrae Superioris

Command. "Open your eyes. Look up."

Give resistance to the upper eyelids. Resistance to eyebrow elevation will reinforce the action.

Command. "Wrinkle your nose. It smells bad."

Apply resistance next to the nose diagonally down and out.

This muscle works with m. corrugator and with eye closing.

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