Optometrist: Learning is 80 percent vision

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Before dropping students off for the first day of school, parents are encouraged to make sure children have their eyes on the prize.

Optometrist Katherine Nate explained that a large chunk of learning happens through eye sight.

"Eighty percent of learning actually comes through vision and through the eyes," Nate said. "And so we want to make sure that that vision is good for these kids, because if not, then education, the ability to play sports, any activities, that can suffer.

Having good vision doesn't have to mean seeing 20/20.

"Basic vision functions include eye alignment, the way the eyes work together, motility, and also to focus. So if one of those is suffering, then kids have to work a little bit harder,” she said.

Making sure eyes are the best they can be can even lead to an improvement in school.

"A lot of times it does come down to vision, it does come down to potentially that they're not able to see, and so they act out, just because they're not able to focus and not really be able to learn as well as they should,” Nate said.

And thanks to the latest fashion trends, if glasses are needed, children won't feel self-conscious.

"Glasses are now becoming more of kind of a thing, so we actually get kids in here that don't need glasses that want glasses. But really, it's once they see what they're able to see a lot of times patients appreciate that correction," she said.

Nate explained that there are lots of options to choose from.

"We have contact lenses, we have really cool glasses now, especially for kids, there's so many options out there,” Nate said.

And in the end, it all comes down to one thing.

"We want kids to be comfortable to be able to have the correction that they need,” she said.

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