What Determines Color Blindness and Who is More Likely to be Afflicted

by Rich on July 20, 2012 · 0 comments

Have you ever heard someone say, “Roses are read, violets are blue?” If you did, and your vision was considered “normal”, then you knew exactly what they meant. How would a color blind individual take that statement? They would not be able to identify it with a shade, but rather they would only know that it’s about colors.

While pink and gray are the colors that get confused the most, red and green are also often distorted as well for those that are colorblind. So, what determines who becomes color blind, and which sex is more likely to be colorblind?

What Determines Color Blindness?

According to a recent article written by an optometrist in Philadelphia, color blindness is caused by the wrong coding in the cones of the eye. The cones are located in the center of the retina, and while they may not always work well at night, they certainly work well during the day for most individuals. However, when an individual is color blind, it is because they have received the incorrect coding instructions, thus they don’t see the correct colors.

Color blindness is not the same for all individuals that have it; in fact it is really a color deficiency. The deficiency may cause some to see colors in a more golden or brown color, while others may see a bit more blue or gray.

Who is More Likely to Be Color Blind?

Research has shown us 1-in-10 men struggle with color blindness, while that number is only 1-in-200 for women. At this time, there is no evidence that gives us any reason to believe why more men would be more likely to be color blind than women. What we do know is how it is passed down as mentioned in the previous paragraph.

What is so interesting about this fact is that we know it is in fact a hereditary trait, and it’s more likely to be related to linked “X” chromosomes, and there is no evidence that suggest that one race over another would be color blind either. So, that won’t answer your questions about how to fix it, but at least you have some idea of where the statistics are coming from in who it affects more.

Can Those Who Are Color Blind Get Help?

ChromaGen lenses can help introduce a whole new world of color. We offer contact lenses, glasses, and clip-ons for those looking for multiple options.

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