If you find it difficult to tell colors apart, you may be "color blind" or more accurately, color deficient. Color blindness is estimated to affect around 8% of men and about 1% of women, but for those affected, it can significantly impact the quality of their day-to-day life. Contrary to popular belief, being color deficient doesn’t mean that you can’t see any color at all. Instead, patients simply struggle to differentiate between certain colors. The vast majority of people who are color deficient find it impossible to tell the difference between varying shades of red and green. You may hear this referred to as red-green color deficiency. However, this doesn’t only mean that they mix up red and green. They can also mix up colors that have some green or red hues as part of their whole colors, for example purple and blue. This is because they are unable to see the red hue that forms part of the color purple.
As you can probably imagine, this type of visual impairment can be a problem for things like traffic lights, taking medications and even looking at signs and directions. For example, someone who is color blind may find that the green on a traffic light may appear white or even blue.EnChroma lens technology is specifically designed to counteract red-green color deficiency and enable patients to better identify the difference in these colors or shades. They do this by selectively filtering out the red and green wavelengths of light at the exact point where the color sensitivities overlap before hitting the retina, creating far greater contrast between the colors so that the patient can distinguish between them more successfully. Many people with color deficiency respond well to EnChroma’s innovative spectral lens technology, but there will still be some who do not have a noticable improvement in appreciating the difference between colors.
If you or someone you know is color deficient and wants to see if they could benefit from EnChroma lenses, contact us today to learn more about how they can help!