Color Blindness

What Is Color Blindness?

Being color blind means you have the color vision deficiency to distinguish certain shades of color. Most people with the deficiency can see colors, but have difficulties differentiating between red and green or blue and yellow. This is referred to as “Red-Green Color Blind” or “Blue-Yellow Color Blind.” Color blindness can range from mild to severe depending on the photoreceptors of the retina that is lacking one or more light-sensitive pigments.

How Can You Tell If You're Color Blind?

Scheduling An Eye Exam

Possible Causes of Color Blindness:

Usually color blindness is an inherited condition caused by an x-linked recessive gene, but it can also be caused by:

  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Alzheimer's
  • Parkinson’s
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Chronic alcoholism
  • Leukemia
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Aging
  • Chemical exposure
  • Can also be caused by certain medications

How To Treat It:

Unfortunately, there is no cure for color deficiency, but an optometrist can work with you to determine the best way to work around the inability to see color. In some instances, special lenses or tinted contact lenses may be prescribed to help the condition. Make an appointment to consult an eye doctor. Scheduling An Eye Exam

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