Users' questions

Why do I lose balance when I close my eyes?

Why do I lose balance when I close my eyes?

A tendency to sway and fall with eyes closed is suggestive of a spinal disorder (e.g. polyneuropathy). A tendency to sway and fall that is already evident with eyes open is suggestive of dizziness of vestibular or cerebellar origin.

What is Tandem balance?

Background: Tandem stance is a clinical measure of standing balance considered to assess postural steadiness in a heel-to-toe position by a temporal measurement.

Why is balancing harder with eyes closed?

Back to our balance test! When we stand heel to toe or on one leg with our eyes open we can use the information from our eyes as well as the other systems to keep us balanced. Closing our eyes removes the primary source of information, hence why it is much more challenging.

Can you balance on one leg with eyes closed?

Balance is an incredible feat of coordination Signals from your eyes play a big role in maintaining your balance, which helps explain why standing on one leg is significantly harder when you close your eyes. If you can reach 10 seconds with your eyes closed, you’re doing well.

What neurological conditions cause balance problems?


  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
  • Vestibular neuritis.
  • Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness.
  • Meniere’s disease.
  • Migraine.
  • Acoustic neuroma.
  • Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
  • Head injury.

What is a full tandem stance?

TANDEM STANCE BALANCE EXERCISE TECHNIQUE Place one foot directly in front of the other foot, with the toes of one foot almost touching the heel of the other foot. Ensure your feet are not splayed out and your toes are facing towards the front. When you have completed the set time, change feet.

How long should you be able to balance with eyes closed?

A person should be able to maintain this balance for more than 20 seconds. Any duration less than this calls for a medical check-up unless this incapability can be explained by another physical reason.

Can you improve balance with eyes closed?

Closing your eyes will help increase balance. Try sitting on a stability ball. Keep your arms by your sides and your feet planted on the ground. This gives you a good base of support.