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Origin and distribution of cranial nerves (CN) VI, IV, and III, which innervate extraocular eye muscles. The focus of the upper part of this figure includes the abducens nerve (CN VI) and the general somatic efferent component of the oculomotor nerve (CN III), which are essential for horizontal gaze. The lower part of this figure depicts the muscles of the eye and their relationship with CN III, IV, and VI.

Extra-ocular muscles that participate in the vestibular ocular reflex (VOR). These muscles are paired with the semi-circular canals of the vestibular system to allow the eyes to maintain stabilized during slow movements of the head.

SLP : cranial nerves Repinned by SOS Inc. Resources. Follow all our boards at for therapy resources.

Cranial Nerves memory trick. 1) Olfactory. 2) Optic. 3) Oculomotor. 4) Trochlear. 5) Trigeminal. 6) Abducens. 7) Facial. 8) Vestibulocochlear. 9) Glossopharyngeal. 10) Vagus. 11) Spinal Accessory. 12) Hypoglossal. I'm not sure how much this helps, but I'd never seen this little graphic before, and it is clever. Good luck in school; the job is worth it!

Learn the Cranial Nerves in 5 minutes and 6 seconds! --- Which cranial nerve involves superman and is known for vision? --- my kids will love this.

50 Nursing Mnemonics and Acronyms:

Cranial nerves: I. OLFACTORY = smell. 2. OPTIC = vision. 3. OCULOMOTOR = pupil constriction. 4. TROCHLEAR = eye movements, (down & in). 5. TRIGEMINAL = blink reflex. 6. ABDUCENS = eye movement, (outward). 7. FACIAL = smiling. 8. ACOUSTIC = hearing & balance 9. GLOSSOPHARYNGEAL = swallowing 10. VAGUS = gagging & swallowing 11. SPINAL ACCESSORY = shoulder shrug 12. HYPOGLOSSAL = tongue movement