Being colorblind can be frustrating at times. You can’t appreciate the beauty of a sunset the same way others can. You miss out on the subtlety of colors in a painting. And everyday objects can sometimes be confusing. But there are also some advantages to being colorblind. You’re not as distracted by color when you’re trying to concentrate on something else. And you’re less likely to be influenced by the color of someone’s skin, clothing, or hair.
There are different types of colorblindness, and the severity can vary from person to person. The most common type is red-green colorblindness, where red and green appear muted or washed out. People with this type of colorblindness often have difficulty distinguishing between the two colors. Other types of colorblindness include blue-yellow colorblindness and complete colorblindness (achromatopsia). People with blue-yellow colorblindness have trouble distinguishing between blue and green, while those with achromatopsia can’t see any color at all.
Most colorblindness is inherited and affects more men than women. Treatment is typically not necessary, but there are some assistive devices that can help colorblind people better distinguish between colors. These include color filters that can be worn over the eyes or contact lenses, and special computer software that can change the way colors are displayed on a screen.
If you’re colorblind, you’re not alone. An estimated 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women worldwide are affected by some form of colorblindness.