Are There Treatments for Color Blindness?

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EyeQue Team

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September 13, 2019

Woman Thinking About Color Blindness

If you’re colorblind, you probably know that color blindness is usually a congenital condition. This means that most people are born with the condition and it can’t be cured. But did you know there are different options for treating it? Let’s take a look at how this vision condition can be addressed.

What Causes Color Blindness?

When someone is colorblind, they have a defect in their cones (the parts of the eye which help you differentiate colors). The causes include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Trauma caused by an injury
  • Diseases, such as metabolic disease or vascular disease
  • Side effects of drugs

Learn more about how you could develop it later in life.

How Can You Treat It?

Although this condition is incurable, there are contact lenses and eyeglasses which may be able to improve your color vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports those with a mild form of deutan color blindness (also known as red-green color blindness) may notice improvements if they use EnChroma color blindness glasses. This eyewear can improve the contrast between red and green colors for some people, even if they won’t necessarily “give people a true equivalent of natural color vision.”

The AAO also says some people may experience improved color vision by using hunting glasses or filters used by photographers to increase contrast.

Is There A Risk to Using Color Blindness Glasses?

EnChroma warns that these color blind glasses shouldn’t be used while driving.

How Can You Treat Other Forms Of This Condition?

If you notice a sudden change in your color vision, this could indicate the onset of a serious disease such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. You should visit an ophthalmologist right away to prevent partial or complete vision loss.

How Can You Find Out If You Have Color Blindness?

You can take the EyeQue Color Blind Test for free to find out if you’re color blind and what type of color blindness you have. If you are color blind, check out these practical tips on living with color blindness.

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