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Color blindness

  • Alternative Names

    Color deficiency; Blindness - color


    Treatment

    There is no known treatment. However, there are special contact lenses and glasses that may help people with color blindness tell the difference between similar colors.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    Color blindness is a lifelong condition. Most people are able to adjust to it without difficulty or disability.


    Complications

    People who are colorblind may not be able to get a job that requires the ability to see colors accurately. For example, electricians (color-coded wires), painters, fashion designers (fabrics), and cooks (using the color of meat to tell whether it's done) need to be able to see colors accurately.


    Calling your health care provider

    Make an appointment with your health care provider or ophthalmologist if you think you (or your child) have color blindness.