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Color Blindness: Know the Basics

Color Blindness: Know the Basics

Color blindness impacts a considerably large range of people both male and female.  In fact color blindness affects nearly 8% of the male population and .5% of the female population.  Whether you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with color blindness or if you’re trying to access whether or not you are affected.  In today’s post we’re going to take a closer to at color blindness: know the basics in order to help inform you of this common condition.  We’re going to address a common misconception and explain what really causes the condition.  Let’s begin by addressing a common misconception followed by the reality of this condition.

Color Blindness: Know the Basics

Just hearing the name, “Color Blindness” will often cause people to imagine living in a world void of color.  People usually imagine black and white episodes of Leave It To Beaver on old colorless screen television sets.  Or that their vision is similar to your canine companion – dogs don’t see color, right?  The truth is neither of these are true.  In fact most people affected by color blindness will have difficulty seeing pairs of colors while the rest are visible with no problem.

Common Color Combinations and Causes

The most common combinations of colors that color blind people have difficulty seeing are: red and green, being the most common, followed by blue and yellow.  However, there can be variations depending on the individual.

Now, you may be wondering what causes color blindness?  The answer is simpler than you may think, in fact, most color blindness is caused by genetics.  Inherited color blindness is the most popular form.  However, it is possible to for color blindness to appear when the eye experienced chemical or physical damage.

As always whether you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of color blindness we strongly recommend visiting your eye doctor.  Only a professional can diagnose and properly treat eye conditions.