7 Ways That Color Blindness Affects Quality of Life

by Rich on May 30, 2012 · 12 comments


Whether or not you realize it, there are 7 ways that color blindness affects quality of life. If you have a friend or loved one that experience color blindness, then reading this article will helpful for you in understanding how this affects their life on a regular basis.

1. Vision is one of the most important human sensors. It’s important that we understand how important vision is because it can affect the following aspects regarding quality of life.

  • Comprehension
  • Can increase reaction time
  • Those with color deficiency will only experience a few hundred shades of color, versus those with normal vision that experience millions of shades.
  • These are significant aspects when you consider how important it is to know that traffic lights change color and what those colors mean, whether or not someone is running a fever by the shade of their face, and much more.

2. It is also important that we understand why some individuals are noted as being colorblind versus     being noted as color deficient. We know that there are 3 primary colors that show up within other colors, but what does an individual with colorblindness see?

  • Colorblindness indicates that they only see shades of gray.
  • Those that have a deficiency may be able to see 1 or more primary colors.

3. While we understand that men and women are very different creatures, we also know that color deficiency affects men more than women. Why does this happen?

  • Red-green color blindness is in fact hereditary, and it’s passed onto the son from his mother, because it’s carried by the X chromosomes.

4. It’s important that those who have colorblindness are aware that there are visual aids available to help. While there is no cure, the ability to improve vision is important. Why?

  • Those with colorblindness could miss out on certain job opportunities available in fields of communication where color is used often.
    • Firefighter
    • Military Personnel
    • Electrician
  • The ability to give directions when color is a part of it is important. This may make a person with colorblindness feel inadequate.

5. One of the most common ways that this colorblindness affects the quality of life of an individual is just the everyday inability to see the world as others see it.

  • Imagine that you would not be able to comment on the beauty of a sunset or sunrise.
  • Imagine that you couldn’t share the beauty of your spouse’s or partner’s eye color.

6. Those that have colorblindness may not be able to coordinate their outfits each day. In this case, they may need someone to help them do so. How does this affect quality of life?

  • Those that are able bodied may feel anxious if they live alone and have to guess about putting an outfit together for fear of not matching.
  • Not only would an individual feel anxious prior to making a decision on an outfit, but if they get criticized by someone they would feel horrible about it.

7. As a parent, it could be tough to tell if your child is colorblind. The only way to know would be if your child made outright statements that would lead you to believe there is an issue. So, how does this affect you and your child?

  • The child won’t know if they have struggled with learning colors, but they wouldn’t know how to convey that at a young age.
  • Parents might feel like a bad parent if they end up finding out later in life that their child has been frustrated because they didn’t realize that their child had problem identifying color.

There is hope with ChromaGen lenses for those who need help with colorblindness. You can contact us today to get an evaluation to see what ChromaGen can do for you!


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