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How Does Color Blindness Affect The Body
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
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
Psychometric testing: Psychologists have devised testing using an animal preference choice to determine which colors they can discrimminate. They can also observe the colored light absorption by individual photoreceptors with highly sophisticated laboratory apparatus. So we now have a good idea of the color perception (or lack of perception) of most major animal groups. ...Read more
About 8%: The standard statistics for inherited color deficiency is about 7.5% in males and 1/2 % in females. This can vary somewhat with different racial groups. The degree of color deficiency and the type are variable so your ophthalmologist can test you and see in which category you are if that is important to you and also give you information about your family possibilities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Testing device: These are a group of color vision recognition and confusion plates, discs and lights to determine the degree and type of color deficiency that is present in a test subject. Some are standard in ophthalmologists office and others are in laboratories. And some are available on line for anyone to test themselves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There is no driver's licensing testing or criteria that includes testing for color recognition. This includes commercial driver's licenses as well. Traffic lights are set with a spectrum that the color deficient will not make a mistake. So ---- the color blind can drive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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