Visually impaired people have similar postural stability to sighted people with their eyes closed

Takeaway

  • Whether they have their eyes open or closed, people with visual impairment have the same center of gravity (COG) velocity as sighted individuals who have their eyes closed.

Why this matters

  • Postural stability is critical for maintenance of body balance and when vision is lost, abnormal postural and motor patterns develop, leading to postural and balance deficits.

  • This is the first study from Saudi Arabia to investigate postural stability in people with visual impairment and demonstrates that postural control decreases when eyes are closed.