Did you know that approximately 8% of men and 1 in 200 women are color blind? This means that a good percent of the population cannot fully see red, green, or blue light.
While it is more of an inconvenience rather than a burden, not being able to see the full spectrum of colors can be dangerous. Take, for example, Marc Drucker who has been told he is “severely color-blind”. Tasks like driving are difficult as it is difficult for him to distinguish between the flashing red and yellow flights.
Drucker has been diagnosed with a type of color-blindness where the red and green cones on his eyes overlap, a genetic defect that has had him seeing muted, dull colors for the past 45 years. That was until he found Enchroma CS sunglasses.
These glasses aren’t like anything else you’ll find on the market. They were invented first as protective eye-ware for surgeons, and were eventually found to benefit those with color-blindness.
Don McPherson, Enchroma’s VP of products, (based in Berkeley, CA) talked about how the glasses work: “The glasses work selectively removing certain wavelengths between red and green cones that allow them to be, in essence, pushed apart again.”
When a surgeon’s curious color-blind friend tried them on, he suddenly exclaimed, “Oh! I can see the cones!”, referring to bright orange cones.
For those who have before seen muted colors, the Enchroma glasses have opened up an entirely new world. Now trees are green, flowers abound in limitless colors, and a sunset has the power to move one beyond words.
Enchroma will also be releasing regular glasses for color-blindness.