Growing old is inevitable, and along with it comes the deterioration of your ability to see colors clearly. Color perception and contrast slowly fade along with your eyesight and other senses.
Diagnosis and Treatment
In order to determine if you have color blindness, your ophthalmologist will conduct a simple test using different patterns of multicolored dots. This test is called the Ishihara screening test.
This uses colored patterns of dots to form numbers and shapes, which is easy to perceive if you don’t have any color deficiency. If you are color blind, however, you’ll have a hard time discerning the number or shape, or worse, you won’t see anything in the pattern at all.
It is important to consider that you can still function normally without knowing that you have color deficiency. Your visual acuity could be normal, the eye exam would be normal, and unless your line of work involves the colors you’re unable to recognize, you’ll be able live normally as you please. Color blindness is rarely serious, however, it may have some effect on your day-to-day life.
It may make it difficult for people with color blindness to see warning signs for driving, traffic lights, pedestrian crossing, fire and safety exits and the like, so it is still best to consult your doctor.
Hereditary color blindness doesn’t have any cure, so the only thing you can do is to adjust to it. If you are a parent suffering from some form of color blindness, you might consider getting your child tested early on so that they won’t have any difficulties at school. It’s also important to know if you have this condition before you embark on a career that deals with color accuracy and such.
Fortunately, tech advancements have made it possible to create tools to help color blind people tell the difference between colors. Nowadays, you can get special glasses and contact lenses to help you tell colors apart. You can use your mobile phone as a visual aid to identify colors. Simply take a picture using an app, then tap on the areas where you want to know the colors.
Color blindness may be uncommon, but there are those who still care to know the correct shades of color. There are ways that you can get diagnosed with the disorder, and while it remains incurable, there are modern tools that can help you cope with the situation.
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