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can women also suffer from color vision deficiency?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: It is more common in men, but some women have this condition.
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Color: Yes. There are many types of color deficiency, and depending on the inheritance pattern, women may also be affected. About 56 genes are involved in color blindness, and about 0.5 percent of women are affected. This group of disorders is much more common in men.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: Most color deficiency is a sex linked trait much more common in men. But women can inherit both deficient genes which will give them some degree of color deficiency. But it is around 1/2 percent of women v. 8 % of men.

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