Color Blindness Testing & Enhancement

Color Blindness Testing & Enhancement

 

Boerne Vision Center is proud to announce that we are an authorized retailer of EnChroma glasses! Feel free to come visit our optical to try some on! 

Girl colorful and natural rainbow eye

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE COLOR BLIND?

There are an estimated 300 million people in the world with color vision deficiency (CVD). The trait is inherited genetically and carried on the X-chromosome, affecting about one in 12 men (8%) and one in 200 women (.5%). The colloquial term “color blindness” most commonly refers to deutan-type or protan-type CVD, which are both types of red-green color blindness.

Little girl in eyewear in ophthalmology clinic have test of vision

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES AND CHALLENGES OF COLOR BLINDNESS?

In the eyes of color blind individuals, the red and green photopigments have a more pronounced overlap. This causes the retina to receive inaccurate ratios of light, which makes color blind people struggle to correctly interpret many colors with red or green in them.

To the color blind, the world appears less vibrant or “washed out,” and some colors are indistinguishable; like purple and blue. Pink may look gray; red and green stop lights look “white-ish;” red looks brown and peanut butter looks green.

 

Many color blind people find their occupational, sports or artistic pursuits limited by their condition. While color blindness is often considered a mild disability, studies have found that two-thirds of people with CVD feel it is a handicap. To find out if EnChroma glasses can help them, color blind people can take our color vision test at enchroma.com/test.

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