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Name: Chelsea
Status: student
Grade: 4-5
Location: NY
Country: USA
Date: March 2009

Question:
Does eyesight effect you balance?



Replies:
Yes it does. There are any number of experiments you can do that will show that. Here is just one. Do this with a friend, in case you lose your balance. 1. Put a blindfold on and spin yourself around 5 to 10 times. You will experience a loss of orientation (that is "balance") because your eyes don't have fixed objects to keep you oriented.

Vince Calder


Hi Chelsea,

Yes, you can use your vision to help you to balance. Try balancing on one foot with your eyes open and then with them closed. It's a lot easier with them open. However, you also have a sense of balance in your ear that doesn't depend on vision. So you can still balance with your eyes closed. It's a thing you can practice -- someone with sight might have trouble balancing with their eyes closed because they've learned to use their vision. However, a blind person might have not trouble balancing at all even though they can't see.

Hope this helps,

Burr



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