Colorblindness and eyeglass lenses: ZEISS Vision Stories

What if we could change how we see the world?

According to the National Eye Institute, color vision deficiency has three main forms- red-green, blue-yellow and total color blindness. As many as 8% of men and 0.5% of women worldwide suffer from the common form of colorblindness, red-green.

These color deficiencies alter the perception of the world for those that are afflicted. Colorblindness is caused by a photo pigment defect in the cone cells of the retina. This defect is often inherited, but color vision can also decline with age, most often because of a cataract. Cataracts can also be caused by over exposure to UV rays.

Notable impressionist Claude Monet, suffered from cataracts which altered his color perception and his later works.

ZEISS employee and enthusiast, Jeff Tate sat down to share his profound vision story and the impact color blind glasses has had on his life.

Red color blind glasses
Jeff’s color blind glasses to help him correct his vision.

Color blind since birth, Jeff explains how perception of the world was changed for the better by asking one question.

Jeff simply asked if there was a lens that could correct his condition. The rest is history.

In the video, Jeff urges others affected by colorblindness to get a color blind test and eye exam. If you think your vision could be improved, an eye doctor can help.

Special color blind glasses are available that can change the color contrast of your vision, but they cannot correct the wearer’s vision. An eye doctor in your area may be able to help find a solution that is right for you. Find an eye doctor near you.

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