November 14, 2019
Do you think your child could be color blind? Don’t worry—it’s easy to find out if your child is color blind!
Although the term “color blindness” contains the word “blind,” you don’t need to worry about your child experiencing vision loss if they are color blind. Children who are color blind may experience symptoms such as:
Color blindness can most significantly impact your child at school if class materials are color coded or contain symbols or words in the colors your child has difficulty seeing. In this case, you should ask the teacher to provide materials printed only in black and white, or to label pictures, charts, and graphs with words in addition to color coding.
Ophthalmologists and researchers have found the children most likely to be color blind are Caucasian boys. A little less than 6% of Caucasian boys are color blind, with the next highest rate of color blindness occurring in Asian boys. Girls of any ethnicity have about a 0.5% chance of being color blind.
You can begin testing for color blindness in children as young as four years old! In the most recent extensive study researching color blindness in children, the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study Group used the Color Vision Testing Made Easy test. If you bring a child to an eye doctor, they may use this pediatric test to find out if your child is color blind.
Adults can take a free online color blindness test online, which uses numbers and letters instead of shapes, to find out if they are color blind. Older children who know their numbers and letters can also take this test.