A new report indicates that babies who are born to blind mothers have a higher level of visual attention than their counterparts born to sighted mothers, according to a LiveScience report.

The study, originally published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, indicates that the need for such babies to switch between communicating with their blind parents and with sighted people might actually enhance the babies' visual acuity.

The babies of blind mothers matched or exceeded their counterparts in following the direction of another person's gaze and in watching others' faces, according to the report.

The babies also paid attention more closely and had better memory than their counterparts.

More information about the study is available at LiveScience.