Dynamic visual acuity while walking in normals and labyrinthine-deficient patients

J Vestib Res. 1999;9(1):49-57.


We describe a new, objective, easily administered test of dynamic visual acuity (DVA) while walking. Ten normal subjects and five patients with histories of severe bilateral vestibular dysfunction participated in this study. Subjects viewed a visual display of numerals of different font sizes presented on a laptop computer while they stood still and while they walked on a motorized treadmill. Treadmill speed was adapted for 4 of 5 patients. Subjects were asked to identify the numerals as they appeared on the computer screen. Test results were reasonably repeatable in normals. The percent correct responses at each font size dropped slightly while walking in normals and dropped significantly more in patients. Patients performed significantly worse than normals while standing still and while walking. This task may be useful for evaluating post-flight astronauts and vestibularly impaired patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Exercise Test
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Vestibular Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Vision Tests
  • Visual Acuity / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology
  • Walking*