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Can You Fly A Plane 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Color vision is not an issue with driver's licensing. All traffic signals are made of colors that will not be confusing to the color deficient . Driver's license testing only is concerned with line acuity (like 20/20) and field of vision (how far can you see to each side). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Testing: You can compare your color perception with someone known to be color normal. An ophthalmologist has available color perception test booklets to determine whether it is present, and what spectrum the deficiency lies within. This is important for certain occupations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The most common type of "color blindness" is red-green color deficiency. Blue-yellow deficiency or true color blindness (achromatopsia) are rare. Color testing can identify which. The problem is a lack of certain types of cones or their opsins (light-sensitive compounds). Red-green deficiency can be adapted to fairly easily and is not very limiting, but the others can significantly impact vision. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Unfortunately, at this point there is no cure for color blindness. The exciting news is that jay neitz, phd at the university of washington was able to introduce the missing gene for color blindness into the retina of color blind monkeys and cured the disease. The monkeys responded to colors. Time magazine listed this as among the top 10 scientific discoveries in 2009. So there is hope! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
State specific: States have specific requirements for licensure, being color blind or having physical disabilities does not exclude you from driving. Contact your dmv, licensure division, and discuss with them what difficulties you experience. Most states offer licensure possibly with restrictions, if you pass the written/ in-car testing. You may need modifications to the car. Licensure is about safe driving. ...Read more
Unusual: It is very unusual to have only one eye that is color blind. This condition is one that is genetic and affects both eyes. In these individuals, the world is in shades of gray. In individuals who have lost a great deal of color perception in one eye due to disease, things would also appear more dull, dim and grey than with their other eye. ...Read more
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