Balint's Syndrome

Balint’s syndrome is a neurological condition which is characterized by three visual difficulties: unable to voluntarily focus one’s eyes on an object (oculomotor apraxia), inability to accurately touch or reach something which is being looked at (optic ataxia), and inability to perceive an entire image. This rare impairment was named after Rezső Bálint, a Hungarian neurologist and psychiatrist who first specified the syndrome in 1909. The most usual cause is damage on the brain areas responsible for vision and tactile functions (parieto-occipital lobes) due to brain trauma, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, or brain tumor.

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