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Bringing Colour Back to Your World

Colour can help guide us in more ways than just adding vibrancy to everyday life. Perceiving the full spectrum of colour allows us to communicate more effectively with the world around us.

Without colour, the world can seem dull and lifeless and can be more challenging to navigate. From road signs to video games, many different colour-based systems are designed to make life easier. If you can’t see them, life can feel incredibly isolating.

What is Colour Deficiency?

Approximately 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women live with a colour deficiency, which, until recently, had no remedy. Colour blindness is a colour deficiency defined by the inability to perceive differences between specific colours.

Your eyes see colour through 3 different light-sensitive cones in the eyes. Each cone is responsible for detecting a particular wavelength of light, which corresponds to a colour.

Colour blindness or deficiency occurs when one of the cones doesn’t function correctly, function at all, or have no functioning cones. Most people with colour blindness can see some colours, but which colours and how well they can see them depend on the type of colour blindness they have.

Individuals with anomalous trichromacy have all 3 types of functioning cones, but one doesn’t work correctly. This results in reduced sensitivity to one kind of light, making it difficult to distinguish a specific colour from others.

The most common types of colour blindness are types of anomalous trichromacy, protanomaly and deuteranomaly. Both result in an inability to distinguish reds, greens, browns, and oranges well and is often referred to as “red-green colour blindness.”

People that have dichromacy only have 2 functioning cones in their eyes. Dichromacy creates the inability to perceive colours within one specific section of the light spectrum. These often result in not seeing red, green, or blue hues, depending on which cone is missing.

Types of dichromacy include protanopia (the inability to perceive red light), deuteranopia (the inability to perceive green light), and tritanopia (the inability to perceive blue light).

Monochromatic vision occurs when zero functioning cones are present. Someone with monochromacy will see the world in varying shades of black and white. However, this type of colour blindness is extremely rare, occurring only in approximately 1 out of 33,000 people. People with monochromacy need to wear very dark glasses, even indoors, as they are incredibly sensitive to light.

The Solution to Colour Deficiencies

Although there is no cure for colour blindness, there are options to bring vibrancy to your world. At Island Eyecare, your vision is our primary focus. We carry EnChroma glasses, specially designed glasses for individuals with colour deficiency, to help them see a broader range of colours.

EnChroma glasses work by increasing the contrast between red and green colour signals, providing a richer world experience. As colour deficiency is not a singular condition and has varying degrees of severity and types, a thorough eye exam can determine if the glasses will work best for you.

Alternatively, you can take their convenient online test to identify symptoms of colour deficiency. However, please keep in mind that any online vision tests do not replace the effectiveness of an in-person exam.

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Find us at 117 Welton Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia, on the corner of Welton Street and Spruce Street. Our office is just down from the Sydney Memorial Chapel and next to Air Liquide Canada Store. There is ample free parking in our parking lot next to the building.

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