Color Blindness

Emily Robertson, Staff Writer

Color blindness, a disability that affects 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women, is not even a real form of blindness, but a genetic color vision deficiency. There is no known cure for color blindness yet, but there are treatments like color filters of contact lenses.

When asked how you see the world through your color blindness, Micheal Keyser says, “Different, confusing,unsure… I see what I see but there is nothing about what I am looking at that tells me the colors I do see are really something else.”

Color blindness can affect the shades of colors you see. In some cases, you can see light colors and shades better then dark colors. Colors and shades can also blend together or look the same which makes it difficult to work at certain places, match your clothes, and do your work at school.

You think it would be strange seeing the world different from everyone else but Joel Robertson states, “I live in a colorful world. Light colors stand out crazy to me like beacons in the night. I don’t see it as a disability because I’ve always been this way and it’s normal to me.”

Having color blindness can affect your day to day life like when you stop at a traffic light and you can’t tell the difference in the colors. You have to look at the position of the current light then in order to see. It can affect the way you learn in school and in some cases you are even incapable of seeing the fall leaves and the beautiful colors of that season. Luckily, the bright colors of the spring flowers stand out and can be enjoyed by everyone, color blind or not.