New software tackles colorblind challenges

Like many colorblind people who have adapted all their lives to a particular way of seeing things, Harry Rogers says his inability to discern red and green hasn't caused him much trouble over the years. Full Story
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Sheldon Shore

United States

#1 Mar 12, 2006
I am red green color blind and it has always been more of a help than a hinderence. While in Korea during the Korean Police Action I was able to spot camoflage with ease that non-color blind people couldn't see. When I go out in the woods I see deer, rabbits, aligators etc. long before anybody else. When I go skin diving I always can see abalone and lobsters before anybody else. During my career as electrical enginer it never presented any problems. I was always able to read the color codes on resistors, wires etc. They just looked a little diferent to me than to peole with ordinary vision.
Red-Green Blue-Gray

Carlsbad, CA

#2 Mar 12, 2006
I am about as colorblind as you can get. It has limited me in that I cannot work in law enforcement (besides being a prosecutor) or get a pilot's license or be a firefighter.(Artist outside of black and white)

Visibone.com is a very informative site with links on colorblindness. I recommend looking at the webdesigners color chart which is used to help design web pages that colorblind people will not have trouble with. It has been the only way I have found to explain what it is like to see color but not like everybody else does.

I hope one day they find a cure, it seems not be a priority.

I can spot camoflage too, the only benefit.

Anybody hear of any other advances?
Carl Allen

Los Fresnos, TX

#3 Apr 10, 2006
I didn't even know i was color-blind, well color deficient until 1st grade. I have blue-gray color blindness which i guess is pretty rare. But i read that 1 in 10 men have some form of color deficiency be it blue-gray, red-yellow or whatever. I was amazed when I read that, 1 in 10?! Because I had always felt so weird since my friends found out. We were doing work in a class, I'm in tenth grade now, and the teacher had blue sharpie written on a gray, smudged transparency. I literally laughed when she said "Ok here's our work for today" because it looked blank. I saw everyone doing their work and realized why I couldn't see it. I asked my friend to read the questions to me as I wrote them down and he wondered if I had my contacts in. I just told him that I was color blind and couldn't read it. I hadn't told any of my friends before, I guess because I was embarrassed but mostly because it never just came up. Since I had told my friend practically everyone knows now, but I'm glad to have read about the colors, how our eyes work, and as a result I can more accurately explain about my color blindness isn't literally "color blind" but actually a fairly common problem. As a matter of fact, I have a presentation coming up about genetic problems/diseases, so maybe i can prepare a fairly interesting presentation for my class. I volunteered to present on color blindness.:)
Daniel Fluck

Switzerland

#4 Apr 25, 2006
I am also suffering from color blindness. One kind of red-green color blindness (protanopia) which is quite common. And it was unfortunately never really for any good.

As of my profession or education it wasn't really a problem. But it handicaps me almost daily by not seeing the colors like others. Therefore I often have to ask, just miss it (beautiful sunsets), need more time to fullfill a task or guess. Often I have to guess and that's what I hate the most.

I have not heared of any advances yet. There are some special contacts on the market which should enhance your color vision. But I never tried them.

If you are interested, I blog about it at http://colblindor.whitesands.ch/
Ricardo Kanashiro

Lima, Peru

#5 Jun 4, 2006
Sheldon Shore wrote:
I am red green color blind and it has always been more of a help than a hinderence. While in Korea during the Korean Police Action I was able to spot camoflage with ease that non-color blind people couldn't see. When I go out in the woods I see deer, rabbits, aligators etc. long before anybody else. When I go skin diving I always can see abalone and lobsters before anybody else. During my career as electrical enginer it never presented any problems. I was always able to read the color codes on resistors, wires etc. They just looked a little diferent to me than to peole with ordinary vision.
I am colorblind but don't know exactly what type. Do you know of a test online, that I can take and determine this. What colors work best for you for computer monitors? documents, etc.?
Thanks,
Ricardo
Will

Flen, Sweden

#6 Sep 25, 2006
I am also suffering from red-green colour deficiency although I have managed to pass my pilot medical examination by getting 13 out of 15 ishihara plates right, so I guess I'm jsut slightly colour deficient and doesn't really affect me in my ordinary life although it has occured that I have told my friends: Wow, look at that hot chick in the brown shirt. They would then laugh at me and tell me: Are you blind? Her shirt is green. I have heared of two advantages so far. Firstly, it is easier to spot camoflage. Secondly, it increases your level of night vision.

Ricardo...you can take the ishihara tests at http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Sideline/5...
jac k

Brisbane, Australia

#7 Nov 26, 2006
thats not what hes asking will, read the question befor posting please!
john

Secondigny, France

#8 Apr 23, 2007
Ricardo to determine your color blindness
with new test:

http://www.opticien-lentilles.com/daltonien_b...

cordialy
rajesh kumar

India

#10 Apr 27, 2007
dont u all colour vision defective we should raise voice who just reject on this basis,though minor it may be.
robert mckee

Shipley, UK

#11 Sep 5, 2007
i am red/green colour blind. i did the test as given by john. i didnt really understand the results though i wonder if anyone can enlighten me thanks in advance..........

Estimate of color vision deficiency's probability:98%

normal answers: 11/31
Your answer is randomly: 1/24
no similar proposal: 5/7
green color deficit (deutéranopia): 10/14
green color deficit (deutéranomaly) simulation wickline: 1/7
red color deficit (protanopia): 2/10
red color deficit (protanomaly) simulation wickline: 1/7
blue color deficit (tritanopia): 0/10
blue color deficit (tritanomaly) simulation wickline: 0/7
deuteranopia indicator:63%
deuteranomaly indicator: 14%
protanopia indicator: 13%
protanomaly indicator: 14%
tritanopia indicator: 0%
tritanomaly indicator: 0%
John

Shelocta, PA

#13 Sep 13, 2007
I lost a police officer job due to my results on the color vision tests. In one instance I failed the Ishihara, and on a second try I passed it. I took a more thorough exam which showed where my deficiency was. As many of you here can, I can also see individual colors without any problems, which confuses and frustrates me. I heard about an eye doctor who can create filtered lenses for daily eyeglasses to help some color-deficient people see colors more clearly. Has anyone else heard of this? Of my top career aspirations, being a pilot, police officer or electrician is out of the questions I guess.
john

Poitiers, France

#14 Sep 17, 2007
to robert mckee:

with the results of this test, i think you are probabely deuteranopia
C Payne

Roswell, GA

#15 Nov 2, 2007
John wrote:
I lost a police officer job due to my results on the color vision tests. In one instance I failed the Ishihara, and on a second try I passed it. I took a more thorough exam which showed where my deficiency was. As many of you here can, I can also see individual colors without any problems, which confuses and frustrates me. I heard about an eye doctor who can create filtered lenses for daily eyeglasses to help some color-deficient people see colors more clearly. Has anyone else heard of this? Of my top career aspirations, being a pilot, police officer or electrician is out of the questions I guess.
To answer your question...YES...there is a doctor who developed this color correction system and he is the only person who has stated this claim nationally and I do believe internationally.
His name is Dr. Thomas Azman, office located in Timonium, Maryland 21093, no worry about leaving a message this doctor will call you back himself.
Just to give you a little details, everything can be done on one visit to his office which can last from 2 to 8 hours, the exam, glasses, contacts everything. Sounds like I have been there and done that, well no, the only thing that stopped me besides only one location in the country, was the cost of the visit. It's not my place to tell you that, invest in making the phone call yourself and the good doctor will inform you of the price and all that goes with it.
I do hope that this information will help you.
C. Payne
David Powell

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#16 Nov 6, 2007
I'm color-blind and I often get depressed when I work so hard to achieve a goal only to find out that my vision prevents me from going any further. I work with electronics and I am often teased that I can not do my job because of being color-blind. I've also taken flight lessons which is actually where I first found out that I was color-blind. How come this problem is not treated with the same respect as other problems are? Our government puts rules into place to assist other types of handicapness. I'd like to join a foundation that tries to accomodate us. There are so many of us in the world you would think it would be a high priority.
PhuiYee

Singapore, Singapore

#17 Dec 26, 2007
I am not a colour blind but I am working on my final year project which is about web accessibility for colour vision deficiency users. May I know what kind of problem you have encountered when using Internet?
Kerem

Singapore, Singapore

#18 Apr 13, 2008
I'm color blind and often feel discriminated against. I can understand certain constraints due to safety but if 1/10 male population is affected then shouldn't the world adapt to support us? 50 years ago curbs weren't wheel chair friendly, traffic lights didn't have buttons at the appropriate height and neither did the lifts etc. You get the point. The world adapted to make life simpler for people who need to use a wheelchair. Even cars were made available etc. So why can't we influence signalling etc rules to change?

In my case I am trying get a day sailors license and fail because I can't pass the Ishihara. Hundreds of years ago they could get an oil lamp in a red & green lantern and thus the legacy we live with today. It shouldn't be rocket science to move to new standards that are color blind friendly.

Oh well, just ranting. I will check out Dr. Azman but so far I am very skeptical.
Officer

Austin, TX

#19 Apr 18, 2008
I have visited Dr. Azman and it saved my carrer as a police officer! It's expensive and I'm really not that impressed other than passing the Ishihara test. Basically I paid for it to save my carrer and to me that is worth it. Call him up, he's a very friendly doctor and his lenses will get you through the Ishahara.
Good luck.
jaws

Malaysia

#20 Apr 23, 2008
im a colour blind to (red/green).....but is ok to be colour blind seen it just make me more special then other...
All of us are special...
mert

Bursa, Turkey

#21 Jul 6, 2008
according to john's test

Estimate of color vision deficiency's probability:26%

normal answers: 27/31

Your answer is randomly: 0/24

no similar proposal: 1/7

green color deficit (deutéranopia): 1/18

green color deficit (deutéranomaly) simulation wickline: 1/7

red color deficit (protanopia): 0/14

red color deficit (protanomaly) simulation wickline: 1/7

blue color deficit (tritanopia): 0/14

blue color deficit (tritanomaly) simulation wickline: 0/7

deuteranopia indicator:3%

deuteranomaly indicator: 14%

protanopia indicator: 0%

protanomaly indicator: 14%

tritanopia indicator: 0%

tritanomaly indicator: 0%

i think i am colorblind
Dennis

Oregon City, OR

#22 Feb 16, 2009
robert mckee wrote:
i am red/green colour blind. i did the test as given by john. i didnt really understand the results though i wonder if anyone can enlighten me thanks in advance..........
Estimate of color vision deficiency's probability:98%
normal answers: 11/31
Your answer is randomly: 1/24
no similar proposal: 5/7
green color deficit (deutéranopia): 10/14
green color deficit (deutéranomaly) simulation wickline: 1/7
red color deficit (protanopia): 2/10
red color deficit (protanomaly) simulation wickline: 1/7
blue color deficit (tritanopia): 0/10
blue color deficit (tritanomaly) simulation wickline: 0/7
deuteranopia indicator:63%
deuteranomaly indicator: 14%
protanopia indicator: 13%
protanomaly indicator: 14%
tritanopia indicator: 0%
tritanomaly indicator: 0%
Agree Robert - not sure of results?
Think green/red colour defective - not sure - Dennis.

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