Colorblind glasses update

So it’s been 3 weeks since my last post. How has my life been? Pretty brilliant actually. It may not seem like a huge deal to be able to restore color vision temporarily, after all it’s only color right? But it’s more than that. It does reflect on your mood when everything is dulled and your vision is limited to only a few colors. Remember the last time it was grey and cloudy outside, and you felt just a little bit worse? Well this is what it can be like for a colorblind person, 24 hours a day.

I feel like the clouds have parted and the sun has been shining through ever since I got my colorblind glasses. They’re probably the best thing I’ve ever owned. I wear them every single day as much as possible, and so far I’ve seen no side effects whatsoever. Not even as much as a minor headache! I decided to grab 2 different pairs. One pair is for indoor use and television (don’t get me started on how amazing television is now, especially BBC documentaries in full color!). The other pair are sunglasses, for the outdoors and nature.

Hopefully now that we have made progress here we can exponentially grow into curing color blindess for good. Progress has been made in animals to some extent already, so there’s hope that maybe a permanent fix is just around the corner!

Enchroma color blind corrective glasses

2016 sure is a great time to be alive. I just got my brand new color blind corrective glasses this week and let me tell you, my reaction to what I saw was not much different to all the people crying their eyes out in overwhelm and joy. In fact it was exactly that! Colors that I had forgotten about since my early ages popped back into life almost instantly, and all I had to do was put on a pair of enchroma glasses, shown in reviews here They really are as incredible as they seem.

As the lenses fell over my eyes it was like someone switched on the lights in a room that had been darkened for too long. Purples and blues and greens and all types of shades popped out in my living room and I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed. My eyes could see the vivid clear blue sky again and the glasses corrected my color blindness so well that I could even make out all of the different shades of green in my garden. Switching between wearing them and not wearing them really emphasises what I’ve been missing all these years. I’m so blessed to be able to own such a great gift. I was actually expecting to pay upwards of $1000, so paying a few hundred bucks for the chance to have normal vision again is a steal in my eyes.

According to these color corrective glasses work by filtering light in a way that allows red and green to become much more pronounced, allowing a multitude of colors to be seen again. What an unbelievable invention! Unfortunately they are not a complete fix, meaning they don’t actually correct your vision permanently. They work while in use though, and that’s good enough for me.

My eyesight doesn’t seem to fatigue at all wearing the glasses for extended periods. I wore them in my garden yesterday for a good 5 hours or so and they’re still working just as good as when I first tried them. The only thing that’s changed is I’m not bawling every time they’re on anymore, but I don’t think I’ll ever get fully used to the difference without being amazed during the transition.

I’ll post an update in a few weeks on my new life wearing these wonderful things. If you were thinking about getting some, do it! The enchroma glasses come with a massive warranty so if you’re in the rare minority that they don’t work for, you can get your money back anyway. Good luck.

Colorblindness explained

So what exactly is color blindness? Here I’ll go into a bit more detail.

When certain wavelengths of light go into our eyes after bouncing off objects, the signal is passed up into our brains and interpreted into what we label as a certain color. Blue light is characterised by shorter wavelengths, where red light is characterised by longer wavelengths. When something is seen as black, it’s because all wavelengths of light have been absorbed. Likewise, when something appears as white, it’s because all wavelengths off live have been bounced off of an object. Interesting stuff.

The is is made of cells called photo receptors that are sensitive to light and change chemically when exposed to it. Some of these are cone shaped, while others are rod shaped. Dogs are considered colorblind due to only having two types of this photo pigment, where the normal person has three types allowing a full spectrum of color vision.

The most common kind of color deficiency is red-green, where the function of red or green cone cells is hindered. Most people in the public think that people see in black and white when you mention the visual defect to them, when in reality this is only in a rare few cases. Most have either of the following:

  • Protanopia (red cone cells don’t work at all, so many things appear yellow and red appears as black)
  • Deutaranomaly (green cone cells don’t work well, so greens and yellows appear red. This is the most mild form)
  • Protanomaly (Red cone cells don’t work well, so reds and yellows appear green)
  • Deuteranopia (Green cone cells don’t work at all, so reds and greens appear yellow)

There are other, more rare forms that make visuals appear differently than these forms. As you can see it isn’t as simple as having either black and white vision or full color vision, it varies wildly from person to person. I personally have Protanopia so miss out on a variety of colors, but thankfully I still see some so I am better off than others who have a more extreme form. For this I’m grateful, but my condition is still intense enough to hinder my life in a number of ways. Therefore I keep my eye on the latest research to see any progress being made that may help people like me.


My colorblind solution blog

Welcome to my first ever post! I’m excited to finally get this website set up, now I’ll be posting on colorblind topics to hopefully inform people about what it’s like to live with this visual defect and raise awareness on the research needed to be able to correct this issue.

I have been colorblind since the age of 8 for an unknown reason. My case is very rare, as people are usually born with the inability to see certain colors or have this happen to them as a result of trauma. In my situation, neither of these apply to me. I’ve learned to accept this now after living many years with this condition, but as you can imagine this was very upsetting to me in my early days. Going from vibrancy to constant dullness is not very desirable.

We’re at a point in human history where we are able to put in the effort and will in order to come up with amazing solutions to problems we never would have though possible in the past. I see stories of completely blind people being able to distinguish shapes on a clock with a new implant invention, deaf people being able to hear for the first time with brand new technology and amputees being able to use robotic arms as if they were their own limbs.

This era really is amazing, and we’ve got so much more to look forward to in the years to come. I believe technology will be able to enhance much more than our color vision, but also even bring it to a point where we’ll be able to see great distances with perfect vision like an eagle can. Exciting stuff indeed.