It’s likely that someone you know experiences color blindness – also known as a color vision deficiency. Varying levels of color blindness are more common than many people realize, with millions of patients affected. Some forms of color blindness are inherited due to defect in certain genes. Color blindness can also result from eye injury or disease that affects the optic nerve.
Men are more likely than women to experience color blindness and the condition can set in at any stage of life between birth and adulthood.
There are three types of color blindness to be aware of. Each develops as a result of defects in the cones within your eyes.
- Red-Green Color Blindness: the most common form.
- Blue-Yellow Color Blindness
- Complete absence of color vision, a very rare condition.
There are many ways that Dr. Thom may test your vision for color blindness. The Ishihara Color Test is the most common test for red-green color blindness. It involves the use of colored circle patterns to identify shapes that are apparent only to those without red-green color blindness. Similar tests can also be performed electronically.
If you find that you have color blindness, rest assured that you can still lead a normal and safe life. There is no cure for color blindness. However, special lenses can be used to help you perceive colors more accurately.
Contact Thom Eye for more information regarding color blindness today.