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How is color blindness inherited?

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

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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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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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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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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Is color blindness reversible ?

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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Signs of child being color blind?

Depends upon age: Obviously inability to distinguish between red / green colors. Some have trouble with blue/yellow. It does assume the child knows his colors. I am not aware of a condition where no colors are seen. These are usually specific to certain colors. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for color blindness?

Males: Color blindness is most commonly a genetic condition. It is usually sex linked, and more common in males. Therefore males with a family history of color blindness would be at higher risk. ...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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How can color blindness affect the way an individual looks at a color blind test?

Color confusion: The tests are designed usually with dots of color along the axis which a color deficient person might confuse them. So by lacking the ability to pick out certain colors, the number or figure will not stand out from the background of dots and so will not be recognized. Some tests are sophisticated enough to indicate which type of color blindness is present. ...Read more

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How does color blindness affect driving now?

Red green lights: In most cases red-green color discrimination is defective, but most people cope with it by using the position of various colors as the indicator rather than the color. ...Read more

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Whats "impaired" color vision?

Whats "impaired" color vision?

Imperfect perception: Impaired color vision is when a persons color perception is more limited than a "normal". The degree of impairment is related to the degree of inability to distinguish color differences. There are good tests to make this determination. in your ophthalmologist;s office ...Read more

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What's statutory blindness in terms of lenses measurement?

What's statutory  blindness in terms of lenses measurement?

It's not: Technically, statutory blindness is a vision of 20/200 or worse with your best corrected vision. There is no limit to the strength of your corrective lenses as long as they can get your vision better than 20/200. Some states additionally define blindness as a severe restriction of the visual field, even with 20/20 vision and no glasses. ...Read more

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Mention the 15 facts about color blindness?

Mention the 15 facts about color blindness?

Is it a quiz: I like your post - color vision deficiencies can be classified as acquired or inherited, color blindness may be described as total or partial, may be regarded as possibly having some advantage over the long term, such as better discrimination of color camouflaged objects especially in low-light conditions, pertains to the cone photoreceptors in retinas, brain or retinal damage by shaken baby syndr. ...Read more

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Hemophiliacs and color blindness, are there related?

Hemophiliacs and color blindness, are there related?

Unrelated: These are products of abnormal genes acting upon an entirely separate system within the body. They can occur together but are not related in any way. ...Read more

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How does color blindness affect the way an individual looks during a color blind test?

How does color blindness affect the way an individual looks during a color blind test?

Loss of color vision: In the retina of your eye, there are rods (for seeing in the dark) and cones (for seeing color and fine detail). There are three types of cones, similar to the three primary colors, and the color blindness test checks subtle differences between shades to see if you are missing cones of one of the color types (usually red or green). But usually you are not aware of any problem seeing things. ...Read more

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Nearsightedness is a recessive trait. red-green color blindness is a sex-linked recessive trait, what does this mean?

Nearsightedness is a recessive trait. red-green color blindness is a sex-linked recessive trait, what does this mean?

An Autosomal: Recessive disorder: Both parents are unaffected carriers of a mutant gene. Each of their children has a 25% chance of inheriting the mutant gene from both & having the disorder. X-linked recessive: Mom carries a defective gene on one of her X chromosomes. Each son has a 50% chance of inheriting the X chromosome with the mutant gene & having the disorder; each daughter, 50% of being a carrier. ...Read more

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What is impaired color vision?

What is impaired color vision?

Color mistakes: Mostly this is an impaired ability to recognize colors across certain color confusion axes. This is usually inherited and there is no treatment. It occurs mostly in males -7%- and also in females -1%-. But there are acquired forms in generalized retinal disease like diabetes or in optic nerve disease. Your ophthalmologist can sort this out. ...Read more

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How common is light eye color in oriental asians?

How common is light eye color in oriental asians?

Depends: Depends on what you mean by light--if you mean blue or green eyes, never, unless their parents are of different descent. If you mean light brown vs dark brown, i don't think anyone knows. I have light brown eyes but my wife's are almost black. One of my two children has light brown, the other almost black. ...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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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