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What causes color blindness?

What causes color blindness?

Mostly genertic: In inherited color deficiency, a visual pigment has its spectrum of color reception altered to a small degree and to a large degree in those with high degree of this disorder. The photoreceptor count is the same, so the acuity is not lost - just the color recognition. There are a few less common color vision losses due to advanced retinal, optic nerve and CNS diseases. ...Read more

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Dr. David Chandler
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Color Blind (Definition)

Ophthalmologist prefer to use the term color deficit as blindness conveys other meanings. Lowered color perception can be inherited (many forms), can result from advanced loss of retinal cells, inherited retinal disease, and some forms occur due to CNS injury. There are excellent tests for the various types and they can be functionally ...Read more


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Is color blindness common?

Is color blindness common?

Sort of: About 8% of males and 1% of females have some degree of color perception dysfunction. So it is sort of common but not the majority. It is inherited so the family connection is important and can be traced. ...Read more

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Can red green color blindness cause headaches?

Can red green color blindness cause headaches?

No: The eye adapts to this dysfunction and headaches might occur from other causes but not from the color deficiency. ...Read more

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How is color blindness inherited?

Sex linked: The most common form is carried on the X chromosome and so it manifests more commonly by far in males who lack a corresponding X (as women do ) to compensate (males have a sort Y chromosome). It is therefore passed on to a male child from his mother who carries a defective X (and most likely a normal X matching it so she is not color deficient.). ...Read more

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What medical conditions can cause color blindness?

Several: Color deficiency can occur with advanced diseases of the retina such as diabetes retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. Color vision changes can occur because of changes in the lens which alter color sensitivity. A few rare strokes in the brain can wipe out the color sensitivity. Most color deficiency is due to genetic changes in the chromosomes and is inherited. ...Read more

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What causes blindness?

What causes blindness?

Long list: Blindness can be legal (20/200 or less) or absolute (cannot see light even). Eyes can inherit problems, get infected, traumatized and develop a host of diseases which can lower the vision such as diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc. Take your pick. ...Read more

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Is color blindness reversible ?

May be : There two main kind of color blindness one genetic in nature and the other acquired, the genetic one is not revisable, the second in some cases it is. ...Read more

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Could microcornea cause blindness?

Possibly: Lowered vision is the rule with microcornea. It might require very high powered glasses. If the rest of the eye is normal than useful vision should be possible but if the eye is internally deformed then vision may be profoundly disturbed. A pediatric ophthalmologist should be consulted in such a case. ...Read more

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Whats ishihara color blindness test?

Whats ishihara color blindness test?

Color plates: The ishihara test plates are a series of dots of various colors with an embedded number or symbol which cannot be easily seen by the color deficient due to color confusion. They are the most commonly available test in ophthalmologists office although others are also available and some are better at separating the forms of color deficiency out. Ishihara is a good screening test. ...Read more

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How does color deficiency differ from color blindness?

How does color deficiency differ from color blindness?

The same: Color blindness was the original term for conditions in which color recognition was impaired. Since "blindness" is a very charged termed, deficiency has been substituted as the politically correct term since most people with defects in color recognition are not blind at all. ...Read more

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What is color blindness ?

Color blindness: Color blindness is the inability to see certain colors adequately. This is an inherited condition (x-linked recessive) that affects men much more than women. The defect is in the retina and involves a problem with color sense in pigment granules. The commonest affect is trouble distinguishing red from green. See your doctor for an examination and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Describe signs, testing, causes, types and disadvantages in color vision deficiency?

Describe signs, testing, causes, types and disadvantages in color vision deficiency?

Too broad: No disadvantage except you can't be a fighter pilot or work in navy and your clothes tend to clash. ...Read more

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What causes peoples eye color to change?

What causes peoples eye color to change?

A few conditions: Generally, eye color becomes "locked in" by about 6 months to 1 year of age. The iris contains brown pigment, and the less pigment present, the lighter the eye color becomes. Diseases that damage the iris (inflammation, certain glaucomas...) can lighten it while tumors and freckles can darken parts. High corneal cholesterol can make the eye seem bluer. Any changes in eye color should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes lack of eye pigment?

What causes lack of eye pigment?

Lack of eye pigment: Lack of eye pigment can be due to: genetics/inheritance; congenital condition called albinism characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, eyes and hair; lack of nerve innervation to iris (congential horner's syndrome); trauma; prior eye surgery. ...Read more

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Can retinitis pigmentosa always cause complete blindness?

Not always: While the majority of rp patients lose enough function to be legally blind, few go to complete blindness. Some retain much useful vision later in life. The pattern is variably and the genetics are still being studied to try and identify which is which in advance. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is color blindness?

Color vision anomaly: Color blindness is a misnomer, as most color blind people see some colors, they just see the hues differently than the norm. This can be an advantage if looking at camoflage. Our cone cells come in three types to see red, blue and yellow, and the receptors in color vision defect patients are either lacking or at lower levels than i. ...Read more

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What causes yellow eye color or jaundice in sickle cell patients?

What causes yellow eye color or jaundice in sickle cell patients?

Excess bilirubin: Higher amount of bilirubin produced over a level of normal excretion in sickle cell patients result in staining of sclera in eye and skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more