Imagine the challenges a driver unable to see any color would face when trying to obey traffic signals. A police officer that can not describe what a suspect was wearing when last seen would have significant difficulties. Color blindness and color vision deficiencies can affect everything you do from something as simple as choosing what to wear to critical skills that your job might require, such as differentiating colored wires in an electrical circuit. Getting a proper diagnosis can help you understand what type of color vision problem you have, which makes seeking treatment much easier.
Color Blindness, or a person who can only see shades of gray, is extremely rare. However, a person with any type of difficulty seeing color, whether it be one or two specific colors in the totality of shades or hues or intensities of those colors, are deemed to be color blind.
Persons with color blindness experience difficulties in daily life, early learning and development, education, choice of careers, and work performance. For some, there are treatments, optical devices, visual aids, and technology apps that can allow them to live better with their color deficiency.
Most common types of color blindness are genetic, meaning they’re passed down from parents. If your color blindness is hereditary, your color vision will not get any better or worse over time. You can acquire a color vision deficiency later in life due to age, a disease, injury, or coming in contact with some substance that affects your eyes or brain. Frequently, the cause of color blindness determines how severe the symptoms will be and whether color blindness can be treated or not.