Vision color deficiency, otherwise known as color blindness, affects one’s ability to see red, green, blue, or a combination of these colors. It is rare that someone will see no color at all.
Men are far more likely to be color blind than women.From a global perspective, 1 in 12 men is color blind compared to just 1 in 200 women.
Color blindness is usually genetic.Color blindness is inherited from the mother because the X chromosome holds the gene connected to the condition. Diabetes, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and aging can also cause color blindness.
The symptoms of color blindness vary.Someone with color blindness might be able to discern certain colors and not others. For instance, they may not be able to distinguish between greens and reds but can easily perceive yellow and blue. Although someone with color blindness may see many colors, they may not realize they are seeing different shades than other people.
What kind of test measures color blindness?In one test, a patient will organize colored objects according to how alike the colors are. Someone with color blindness will not be able to correctly arrange the objects. A second test involves viewing a set of colored dots and trying to discern a pattern. The shapes and outlines you see will tell your doctor which colors you are having difficulty with.
Colored contact lenses can sometimes help treat color blindness: Most people with color blindness have no need for treatment and function just fine. Specially formulated contact lenses can help you distinguish different colors, but they don’t make your vision normal and might distort objects. In other case, glare-blocking glasses may be used. Individuals who have significant color blindness may be able to discern particular colors better when there is less brightness. Others find it easy to simply gather location hints. For instance, they may memorize the order of the traffic light signal colors.
If you would like to determine whether or not you are dealing with color blindness, schedule a consultation with Aker Kasten Eye Center. Call us today at (561) 338-7722.