Colour blindness approximately affects 1 in every 12 men and about 1 in every 200 women. Apparently, the condition is more common among men than women. You might be wondering why colour blindness occurs. One of the primary reasons for colour blindness is genetics. The transfer of the disease from the parent to the offspring causes colour blindness.
Besides genetics, ageing related problems might also pave the way to colour blindness. The World Colour Blindness Day aims in spreading awareness of this eye problem and ensure that people know how to deal with the issue. If proper eye care isn’t taken, colour blindness problems might start increasing and the World Colour Blindness Day is here to take care of this.
What exactly is Colour Blindness?
There is a lot of misunderstanding that colour blindness is a form of blindness. Colour blindness is nowhere related to blindness. Colour blindness is the disability to differentiate colours from one another. For example, you have trouble differentiating from green from red and yellow from blue. This problem is mostly inherited genetically and seems to occur more commonly among men than women.
Trouble in differentiating the green from the red colour is more common among colour blind people. The blue-yellow colour deficiency affects both men and women equally.
About World Colour Blindness Day
The World Colour Blindness Day is celebrated annually on Sep 06th and the primary objective is to spread the word about colour blindness to the people across the world. This day aims in making sure people aren’t misinformed about colour blindness. People with this problem can lead a normal life too. A person with this problem can obviously still see everything clearly and there isn’t any problem with the vision.
The problem with colour blindness is the ability to identify distinct colours (red & green; blue & yellow) from one another.
In contrary to what most people believe, it is not common for someone who is colour blind to see everything in shades of grey. Helping people understand the possible outcomes of colour blindness can help people deal with the patients better. These individuals are perfectly healthy but the only problem being the disability to identify certain colours.
Know the Symptoms of Colour Blindness
- Red and Green might be the same colour.
- Some might not be able to differentiate between blue and yellow.3
- There is a possibility that some might see different shades of colours.
Note: Symptoms vary from one individual to another.
How Can You Contribute to World Colour Blindness Day?
There are certain things that you can do to help colour blind people. The easiest and the ones that actually help patients are mentioned below.
- Spread the word. Use the social media and #WorldColourBlindnessDay to reach out to people and help them get to know about colour blindness.
- Educate people how they could deal with colour blindness.
- Let them know about the various treatment procedures that they should take up to overcome the colour deficiency.
There is one thing that you should know: Colour blindness cannot be treated but can be corrected up to a certain extent.
- Wear a contact lens.
- Wear colour filter eye glass.
These two treatment processes will help people better their condition if not recover completely. There are quite a few other methods such as gene replacement therapy which is currently under research and we could hopefully come up with better technology to overcome colour blindness soon.
How are you planning to contribute to World Colour Blindness Day this year? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!