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Color Deficient Vision

Get Your Color Deficiency Glasses from Windsor Eye Care in Colorado

If you’ve been diagnosed with color deficiency or color blindness, there’s a solution for you. Windsor Eye Care & Vision Center offers color deficiency lenses and glasses for our patients in Colorado. We want to educate you about color blindness glasses and how they can help you. Colors are beautiful, and being diagnosed with color deficiency does not mean you can’t experience them. While there is no cure or treatment for color blindness, color deficiency glasses can help you see colors more accurately. If you are one of the more than 300 million people around the world suffering from color blindness, we invite you to keep reading to learn more. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more or schedule an appointment.

Understanding Color Deficiency

Wearing color deficiency glasses is a great way to help you better distinguish colors. The condition was first studied by John Dalton in the 1700s. EnChroma glasses for colorblind individuals were invented in 2002, allowing wearers to differentiate colors while increasing the contrast of green and red colors. Color deficiency affects men more than women, with about 8% being color blind compared to only 1% of women. The most common form of color blindness is a red-green color deficiency. Another common form of color blindness is blue-yellow, and both types are often inherited. The leading cause of color deficiency is genes inherited from parents that result in faulty photopigments. Other causes of color blindness may occur later in life from diseases or injuries that affect the brain or eyes, such as glaucoma or MS.

About Color Blindness Glasses

If you live with color deficiency, there’s excellent news. Color blindness glasses are available and can help you. Traditional coping strategies for color deficiency have included visual aids and other technologies. Now, color blindness glasses and contacts are available. Our optometrists can determine if these glasses are right for you based on the type of color blindness you might have. These specially formulated glasses can improve how you experience the contrast between colors while enhancing color vibrancy. Color deficiency glasses or lenses may also help with boosting color depth, differentiation, and detail perception. Please remember that the results of wearing color deficiency glasses vary. Consult with our vision therapy physicians and ophthalmologists to discuss your options and get a care plan unique to your needs.

How Color Deficiency Glasses Work

A generation ago, glasses to help with color blindness did not exist, so it’s natural to wonder how they work. Everyone sees color differently, and those with color vision deficiencies have a significant difference in how they see light and how their brain interprets it. The human retina has three color-detecting cone cells that detect red, blue, and green. If one or more of those cones do not work correctly, are absent, or detect abnormal color, the individual may suffer from genetic color blindness. If you have trouble detecting red or green light, you are likely experiencing overlapping between light wavelengths, and your brain becomes confused. Colorblind corrective glasses absorb and filter some wavelengths to assist with the problem of overlapping, allowing your brain to have an easier time distinguishing between colors. People living with color deficiency have a miscommunication between their brains and the light-sensitive cells in their retina. Wearing color blind glasses can improve your ability to perceive vibrancy, contrast, and depth. Color deficiency lenses can make it easier for your brain to interpret colors.

Color Deficiency Lenses FAQ

As a relatively new option for those living with color blindness, color deficiency glasses and lenses have a lot of questions surrounding them. Windsor Eye Care & Vision Center is happy to answer any of your questions about improving your color blindness. Browse over these questions and answers and get in touch with us if you have unanswered questions:

How effective are color deficiency glasses?

Results will vary based on your specific condition. Some people experience immediate results wearing color blind glasses and see a drastic difference in color perception. Other wearers may experience more limited results or not see a difference. Color deficiency glasses are not a cure and might not work for those who are severely colorblind. However, these glasses can be very effective for some color deficiency sufferers.

How much do color deficiency glasses cost?

Purchasing color deficiency glasses does not have a set cost, as the price can vary on a case-by-case basis. Adult color blindness glasses typically cost anywhere from $200 to $400, with color deficiency glasses for children starting in the mid $200 range. Check with your insurance company to find out if they cover color blindness glasses. Some color deficiency lenses are available as prescription sunglasses.

Are there other treatments for color blindness?

While there is no cure for color blindness, there are some treatment options that may help. Glasses and contact lenses can help individuals who are red-green colorblind. Other possible ways to treat color blindness include discontinuing certain medications, and gene therapy is currently being studied.

Which brands are available?

Color deficiency lenses are available from companies such as EnChroma and Pilestone, while color blindness contact lenses brands include ColorMax and X-Chrom.

Optical & Medical Eye Care Services in CO

Windsor Eye Care & Vision Center offers color deficiency glasses and lenses for our patients in Colorado. We specialize in optical and medical eye care services, including eye exams, contact lenses, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, laser vision correction, diabetic eye disease, and more. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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