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Can I correct my color blindness?

Can I correct my color blindness?

No: I assume you have inherited color deficiency. This is a permanent change in the pigments of your light receptors altering the light detection spectrum. This cannot be improved. The use of a red contact lense is suggested as an improvement, but this merely shifts the axis of the defect to another direction to allow passage of color detection plates but leavers you color blind in new direction. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kale
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Color Blindness (Definition)

Color blindness is a condition where an individual has a decreased ability or complete inability to detect differences between various colors. For example, red-green color blindness is the inability to distinguish between ...Read more

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What makes a person color blind?

What makes a person color blind?

Genetics: Several genes are responsible for allowing our retinas' receptors to record the different colors we see. Occasionally, someone develops a mutation that prevents some of the colors to be recorded. This makes differentiating certain shades or colors difficult. ...Read more

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Treating Poor Vision (Checklist)

Get a medical eye exam
Yearly
Keep glasses clean
Once
Try a tablet or ebook reader for reading
Once
If cataracts are present, have them treated
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How come some people are color blind and some people are not?

How come some people are color blind and some people are not?

It's in the genes: Color blindness is a genetic mutation that causes the receptors in the film layer of the eye (retina) to be unable to differentiate certain colors (blue, green etc.). There are several different forms of color blindness, related to the different mutations that can arise. Since most of us do not get the mutation, we have "normal" color perception. ...Read more

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What are some careers if you are color blind?

What are some careers if you are color blind?

Almost anything: Being colorblind should not limit a person much in life - even some famous artists have been colorblind! the only restriction i can think of is that colorblind people are not allowed to get a commercial driver's license, so cannot become a professional trucker, but otherwise colorblind people can usually learn to recognize traffic light signals and drive a car without difficulty. ...Read more

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Treating Poor Vision (Checklist)

Determine the best method to correct vision
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Use larger fonts when reading
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Use brighter lighted area to read, do activities
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Take eye vitamins
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What do reverse color blind people see?

Color blindness: There is no such condition as "reverse color blindness." the most common type of color "blindess" typically occurs in males. These people confuse red and green colors. In rare cases, people can be born with complete color blindness and only see colors as various shades of light and dark. In severe cases of color blindness, patients often don't see very well either. ...Read more

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How can someone become color blind?

How can  someone become color blind?

Mostly inherited: The most common forms of color blindness are inherited. They are that way from birth. Less common is developmental such as advanced diabetic retinal disease which fades out color recognition. Retinal degeneration like retinitis pigmentosa lead to color blindness and there is a rare form of stroke which can cause cortical color blindness. ...Read more

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Treating Poor Vision (Checklist)

Get a full eye exam (refraction) from eye MD
yearly
Eat green leafy veggies, antioxidant-rich food (berries), omega-3's
daily
Always wear sunglasses and a hat outside
once
Never smoke or be around smokers
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What tests can I take to figure out if I am color blind online?

Several sites: If you search color blind test, you will find several sites you may be able to use. In any event, you should not rely on these tests alone to make the diagnosis, but should see an optometrist or opthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. David Chandler
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Color Blind (Definition)

Color differentiation difficulties are where a person has trouble distinguishing the difference between certain colors. One of the most common difficulties involves difficulty telling apart the ...Read more

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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more

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