- 5-10% of the population is colorblind
- Often inherited
- 1 in 12 men
- 1 in 200 women
- Different types
Some people may not be able to see reds and greens, some may not be able to see blues and yellows. It is a common misconception that people who are colorblind only see in black and white, but that is not the case.
Colorblindness is more of a deficiency. People are missing the quality of vision and not the quantity of vision.
There are great visuals that show what colorblind people see and visual tests to help determine whether someone is colorblind. There is also now a tool to show colorblind people what everyone else sees.
Maxine Bentzel from WBOC 16 shows us a new pair of sunglasses called Enchroma Glasses. These glasses amplify and absorb colors for someone who can’t see them, and they look like a normal pair of sunglasses. They work in about 80% of people with a color deficiency.
Bentzel visited Doug Grimes who has red-green colorblindness. Grimes put on the sunglasses and took a walk with Bentzel and the story of his experience is on “A Whole New World” on WBOC 16.