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Visual influences on balance

Redfern, Mark S., Yardley, Lucy and Bronstein, Adolfo (2001) Visual influences on balance Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 15, (1-2), pp. 81-94. (doi:10.1016/S0887-6185(00)00043-8).

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This paper discusses the impact of vision on balance and orientation in patients with vestibular disorders and in anxiety patients with space and motion discomfort (SMD). When the vestibular system is impaired, vision has a greater influence on standing postural control, resulting in greater sway when individuals are presented with erroneous or conflicting visual cues. Studies have shown that individuals with other motion sensitivities, such as motion sickness, also tend to rely on vision for balance and do not disregard erroneous visual cues. Recently, patients with anxiety disorders that include SMD also have been shown to have increased postural sway in conflicting visual environments, similar to patients with vestibular disorders. Thus, while specific vestibular deficits are not always directly associated with SMD, data regarding the impact of vision on balance suggest that some patients with SMD may have an underlying balance disorder.

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: balance, posture, vision, anxiety, vestibular


Local EPrints ID: 18457
ISSN: 0887-6185
PURE UUID: d524d311-d317-44f9-9422-8e400f4359a5

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Date deposited: 16 Dec 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:35

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Author: Mark S. Redfern
Author: Lucy Yardley
Author: Adolfo Bronstein

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