Color Blindness

Published on April 29th, 2013 | by Color Blindness Editor


Am I Color Blind?

Color blindness is a condition that occurs when you are unable to see certain colors. This condition is usually inherited, although it can also develop due to aging, eye injuries and other eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma. In some cases, color blindness goes undetected for several years. There’s no specific treatment methods for it, but most people are able to adapt to it without any serious problems.

The common signs of color blindness that you might experience are:

  • Being unable to see a difference between red and green. This happens when you have one pigment, or color-sensing granule, missing. It’s the most common form of this condition.
  • Being unable to tell the difference between blue and yellow. This occurs when one pigment is missing. It can also affect your ability to recognize red and green colors.
  • Being unable to see normal color brightness for certain shades

Since this condition is inherited, it’s also important to watch for signs of it in your children. Symptoms of color blindness that children often exhibit include:

  • Using different colors when drawing or coloring pictures, such as yellow for a sky or green for skin
  • Calling colors by the wrong name
  • Calling light green or light pink objects white

In rare cases, no pigments are present. People with this type of color blindness are not able to see colors. Instead, they see all objects in different shades of gray. Other signs of this rare form of color blindness include rapid eye movements and light sensitivity.

If you or your child has been experiencing any of the common signs of color blindness, taking a color vision test can help determine if this condition is present. You should also contact a color vision specialist for an accurate diagnosis and advice.

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