Glasses for the color blind put to the test

Color blindness is a condition that affects 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women. (Ryan Coulter ABC 7 Amarillo)

Color blindness is a condition that affects one in 12 men and one in 200 women.

As a child, it didn’t take long for my parents to realize I saw the world in a different color. That's because I am one of the millions who are color blind.

"You just see colors differently. You just don’t see them as bright. Some people see them as brown," explained Dr. Erin Taylor from Advanced Eye Care Amarillo.

When it comes to color blindness, there are three types. Protanomaly is a reduced sensitivity to red. Deuteranomaly is a reduced sensitivity to green. Trianomaly is a reduced sensitivity to blue.

"You learn to interpret colors differently. You’ve learned that what they call green is what you see is green, when in reality, it's not green, so you just learned and made accommodations," said Dr. Taylor.

The various degrees of color blindness can effect everyone differently.

"Some people can be completely color blind, where they see no shades of red and green, while others can see some hues. So, it may seem brighter to them or more brown, or maybe even a little bit more red, but not the full bright red that others would see," explained Dr. Taylor. "It can be anywhere on that spectrum."

We ordered a pair of glasses designed to help enhance colors for those with color deficiencies.

"There’s no cure for color blindness. There is no cure or treatment, but you can enhance the world and the view that you see," said Dr. Taylor.

We started off by taking a standard color blind test without the glasses. The goal in this exercise is to line colored pieces by similarity in color. Under each tile is a number, starting with the number one. The true colors are in ascending order by those numbers.

Without the glasses, I was not able to place the all tiles in the correct order.

With the glasses, the results were better, but I still wasn’t able to get all the pieces in order.

Dr. Taylor said these glasses aren’t one size fits all, and most of the times they need to be customized to enhance the exact wavelength of the color one is deficient in. The company suggests leaving the glasses on for several minutes to give your eyes a chance to adjust. Still, even though these ones were not custom, they definitely helped to enhance the color I saw.

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