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Webinar on how Visual Disruption/Visual disturbances affects balance & orientation


Vision plays a significant role in our ability to balance, orient ourselves in space, and process movement of things in our environment. Approximately twenty percent of the nerve fibers from the eye neural tracts (the neural fibers within the brain that connect to the eye) interact with the vestibular system, the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. The other key player in balance is the sensory information received through our joints and muscles.

Vestibular disturbances: If the vestibular system is damaged by disease, aging, head injury, or sometimes for no apparent reason, persons with a vestibular disorder often experience difficulty with dizziness, balance and movement, as well as with their perception of space. As a result, functioning at work or school, or performing routine daily tasks in environments with excessive visual stimulation, such as a grocery store or shopping mall, may be difficult.