What is Color Blindness?

Color BlindnessColor blindness, also known as color vision deficiency, refers to the inability to see certain colors under normal lighting conditions. This vision condition is inherited and affects males more than females. The most common form of color blindness is red-green color deficiency. In rare cases, individuals have been known to inherit a trait that reduces the ability to see blue and yellow.

Color blind individuals do not see the world in shades of grey –– they can still see colors, but certain colors appear washed out or easily confused with other colors.

How Does Color Blindness Affect Everyday Life?

Color blindness can affect your quality of life in the following ways:

  • You could miss out on certain job opportunities. Certain positions, including firefighters, military personnel, electricians and pilots, require an individual to be able to see a broad range of colors.
  • You may have trouble giving directions. This seems like a small inadequacy, but seeing colors is important when identifying landmarks.
  • You could have trouble driving. If you are unable to see traffic sign colors, this could affect your ability to drive.
  • You could have trouble reading color-coded information. This information could include bar graphs and pie charts.

Visit with One of the Optometrists at Raleigh Eye Center

If you are noticing symptoms of color blindness, schedule a consultation with one of the optometrists at Raleigh Eye Center. We would be happy to perform some tests and determine the appropriate course of treatment for your vision.