There’s new hope for the colorblind. That’s because scientists are coming up with a growing number of new fixes, designed to help people with colorblindness “see” properly.
For those who don’t know, colorblindness – or color vision deficiency - is a condition that affects about 1-in-25 people. Experts say the term “colorblind” is misleading, because people with the condition can still see colors, they just have trouble distinguishing one or two specific shades. For example: The most common form of colorblindness causes red and green shades to appear gray.
While most people with colorblindness live normal lives, experts say there are some cases where the disorder affects people in serious ways. As an example, many colorblind kids are misdiagnosed as “learning disabled” just because they can’t read instructions that are printed in colors in textbooks! Also, the colorblind are banned from certain jobs – like becoming airplane pilots. The worry is that if you misread the colors of a runway’s lights, you might crash a plane.
That’s why millions of people are excited about the many new “fixes” for colorblindness. For example: There’s a new smartphone app, called DanKam, that uses your phone’s camera as a pair of “magic eyes.” That means it enhances certain colors, and displays them onscreen in a way that makes them easier for colorblind people to see.
You can also buy new contact lenses and glasses, that use tinted lenses to make hard-to-see colors appear brighter, and more obvious.
Also: Many new videogames now come with a “colorblind mode.” When it’s switched on, different colors can add shapes that are easier for gamers to tell apart.
And get this: There may even be a cure for colorblindness! A new therapy involves injecting missing colorblindness genes into the retinas. So far, the therapy has restored color vision in monkeys and experts say it’s only a matter of time before testing begins on people!