Color blindness occurs when you can’t see colors the way most people do. It’s a vision condition in which your ability to distinguish between certain colors is reduced, particularly red and green or blue and yellow. The most common type of color blindness is inherited, meaning you’re born with it. But it’s also possible to develop color blindness later in life due to certain diseases and injuries that affect the eyes or brain. Thankfully, there are many tools and resources available that can make it easier for people with color blindness to function normally at work, school and home. Here are some things you should know about this condition:
Color blindness affects about 1 in every 10 men, and about 1 in 250 women.
Color blindness affects about 1 in every 10 men, and about 1 in 250 women. It’s a condition that is more common in Caucasians. Most cases of color blindness are inherited, but the condition can sometimes be caused by an injury to the eye, brain damage or exposure to certain chemicals.
The most common type of inherited color vision deficiency is called “red-green dichromacy.” This means that people who have it have trouble distinguishing between reds and greens, with other colors appearing normal. For example: If you look at a red apple against a green background (the grass) then your eyes will send information back to your brain that says: There is a lot of green here! However for someone with red/green deficiency this might look like: There’s not enough red!
The condition is more common in Caucasians.
Color blindness is more common in Caucasians than it is in other ethnic groups. In fact, the condition affects 1 in 10 men and less than 1 percent of women.
While color blindness is rare among people of color, there are certain conditions that can cause the vision to change over time, making it appear as though you’re color blind even if you aren’t actually experiencing any problems with your vision.
Most cases of color blindness are inherited, but few condition can sometimes be caused
- Most cases of color blindness are inherited, but the condition can sometimes be caused by an injury to the eye, brain damage or exposure to certain chemicals.
- If you have a child with red-green color blindness, there’s a one in two chance that their children will inherit it as well.
Other diseases that affect the eyes and brain.
- AMD (age-related macular degeneration). This is a common and serious eye disease that occurs when the central part of your retina called the macula starts to deteriorate, causing you to gradually lose your central vision.
- Stargardt’s disease. This genetic disorder causes a loss of vision in children between 10 and 20 years old and usually begins with sensitivity to light, followed by progressive loss of vision over time.
- Other diseases that affect the eyes or brain include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy (DR), cataracts and other forms of blindness
Many employers have abandoned policies that automatically disqualify colorblind people from holding certain jobs
Many employers have abandoned policies that automatically disqualify colorblind people from holding certain jobs, such as airline piloting or operating machinery. In these cases, employers have realized that the risks of hiring a visually impaired person in this role are minor compared to the benefits they get from having a diverse workforce. They also recognize that there are many ways people with color blindness can still participate in work and other aspects of life just fine.
There are some occupations where there’s no alternative to seeing colors correctly for doing your job safely and effectively, though—for example, if you’re an optometrist or painter who needs to make sure their clients’ eyesight is strong enough before prescribing eyeglasses; if you’re designing cars or airplanes; if you’re working at an auto repair shop; and so on.
Color blind glasses and Contact lens can help
If you’re color blind, you may be able to use color blind glasses or contacts to help. Color blind glasses are worn over your regular glasses and block out certain colors from getting through. You can buy them at most stores that sell sunglasses. The same goes for contact lenses: they’re made by an eye doctor or retailer and will have a prescription written on the box so you know exactly what power of lens to buy.
When choosing these items, keep in mind where you live and work. If your area has a lot of bright lights at night—such as streetlights or signs—it might be hard for your eyes to adjust from darkness into light while wearing colorblind glasses during the day (or vice versa). Also consider whether switching between different classes of light is going to be too difficult; if so, don’t wear them when driving since it can cause accidents!
Color blindness affects some people but there are many ways those people can still participate in work and so on
Color blindness is not the end of the world. In fact, there are many ways that people with color blindness can still participate in work and other activities.
Color blindness is not a disability or disease. It is not contagious, nor does it lead to any other medical conditions that might cause harm to your health or well-being.
It’s also untrue that colorblindness can be cured by surgery; however, some forms of treatment exist for certain cases of red-green and blue-yellow deficiencies as mentioned earlier in this article!
Color blindness is a common condition, but all it means is that your eyes don’t see colors the way a majority of people do. So, if you are colorblind, don’t think that life is over—and if you aren’t, remember to be sensitive and accommodating to those who are. The world would be a dull place without all the beautiful colors in it!