Remember reading The Giver by Lois Lowry back in middle school and getting your first taste of a creepy YA dystopian future? If you need a refresher, part of the story revolves around a community that cannot perceive color, which probably blew your eighth-grade mind. Heck, even as adults, we’re all freaking out over (the totally normal and scientific reasons behind) perceiving the color of #TheDress differently.
But the travails of color perception aren’t limited to fussing over Pantone swatches and deciding between blonde and bronde. Colorblindness is a reality for many people, especially men. About 8% of men and 0.5% of women with Northern European ancestry are affected. It’s not that colorblind people see the world in black and white, but that they perceive colors differently. As a result, someone who is colorblind usually can’t distinguish between two colors — red/green or blue/green, most likely. But just like you can correct poor vision with glasses, you can now correct colorblindness too, with EnChroma glasses.
While they look just like ordinary sunglasses, EnChroma lenses are filtered to correct color deficiency. According to the website, the lenses make colors “brighter and more saturated… People report that their color discrimination is faster and more accurate, they are able to see more vibrant colors.”
Even though EnChroma states that their glasses are only an optical assistive device and not a cure, the results can be stunning — both visually and emotionally. We’re especially moved by this colorblind man’s reaction to seeing everyday objects such as leaves and Lysol containers in a whole new
Not sure if you’re colorblind? It’s hard to know what you’re not seeing, so take the test to measure your color perception. If you are colorblind and interested in trying out this product, EnChroma frames start at $330 for adults and $340 for kids. But even if you aren’t colorblind, there’s still a lesson to be learned here. Watching reactions like these really reminds us of how freakin’ beautiful our world is, and not to take our vibrant surroundings for granted. Shouldn’t we all be going around marveling at how cool the color purple is? :)
Are you colorblind, or is someone you know? How do you think you would react to seeing reds, pinks and purples for the first time? Share your thoughts in the comments!