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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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Can looking directly at the sun cause someone to go color blind?

Can looking directly at the sun cause someone to go color blind?

No: This is definitely not recommended. It is uncomfortable and most would not due it. It sometimes is done for religious purposes and by people under "the influence". The eyes focuses the sunlight and damages a portion of the retina where it is focused in a non-specific way so all receptors are damaged and color blindness does not result, just a loss of a portion of the visual field. ...Read more

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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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What medical conditions can cause color blindness?

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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Is color blindness a dominantly or recessively inherited problem?

X-linked: The most common type of colorblindness is x-linked which means it occurs much more often in males and is carried but unexpressed in females. ...Read more

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Help please! is color blindness reversible if it is caused by certain medications?

Help please! is color blindness reversible if it is caused by certain medications?

In some cases: Loss of color vision can occur in macular toxicity by a few drugs, most commonly hydryoxychloroquine. It reverses with discontinuation of the drug. ...Read more

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Can the drug hydroxycholoroquine also cause color blindness?

Yes 1st sign: When used in high doses as in treatment of malaria vision damage is frequent but in doses for lupus etc this is rare but color vision loss can be an early sign well before visual acuity damage. Reversal of damage can occur if stopped early. ...Read more

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Could dehydration cause you to have temporary color blindness?

Too much sun?: The eyes have visual pigment that responds to color. Some are born with defective pigment and can not detect red or green. More common the pigment is bleached out due to too much exposure to light - especially sunlight. If you have been exercising too much in the bright sun you may become dehydrated and also find it difficult to see colors. Cooling off, liquids, rest, and dim light are needed. ...Read more

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What color blindness causes you to see black as red?

There is none: You can have colour blindness when you see red as black, but not black as red. ...Read more

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


Dr. Tim Conrad
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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