What is a Color Vision Deficiency?

A color vision deficiency can range from the inability to distinguish certain colors all the way to the complete inability to see color

What are the Symptoms of a Color Vision Deficiency?

People who have color deficiencies can usually see color but have trouble distinguishing between particular shades of red, green, blue or yellow. People who are completely color blind see the world in shades of gray.

How Common are Color Vision Deficiencies?

About 8% of males and 0.5% of females have some type of color vision deficiency. It is possible for a person to have a color vision deficiency and not be aware of it.

What Causes a Color Vision Deficiency?

The majority of color vision deficiencies are inherited and present from the time of birth. Color deficiencies that occur later in life are usually the result of various diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and many others.Medications, chemical exposure and aging can also cause color deficiencies later in life to develop.

When does a Color Vision Deficiency Occur?

Because the majority of color vision deficiencies are inherited, it is important for all children to have comprehensive eye exams before entering school.

How is a Color Vision Deficiency Diagnosed?

Diagnosing color vision deficiencies begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care

. During this exam, your doctor uses multiple tests to evaluate your ability to see and distinguish colors.

Diagnosing color vision deficiencies is very important.The presence of a color vision deficiency can limit potential career choices for an individual for safety reasons (You don’t want someone on the bomb-squad who can’t tell the difference between red and green wires!).

 How is a Color Vision Deficiency Treated?

There is no cure for a color vision deficiencyTreating the underlying disease causing some types color vision deficiencies may help to improve color vision. Several options are available to assist people with color vision deficiencies function:

  • Specially Tinted Eyeglasses
  • Red Tinted Contact Lenses
  • Organizing and Labeling
  • Remembering Order of Things