Colorblindness, also known as color vision deficiency, is a common condition that affects 8% of men and almost 1% of women. The two types of colorblindness are red-green colorblindness, the most common form, and blue-yellow color blindness.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to treat or reverse colorblindness, but there are a number of corrective lenses and glasses on the market that can help improve color vision for patients with red-green colorblindness.
EnChroma® eyeglasses are one of the most popular high-tech glasses available for patients who are colorblind. And the team at Benjamin Optical proudly offers these state-of-the-art glasses.
Here’s everything you need to know about EnChroma glasses.
How EnChroma glasses work
Your retinas contain three cones that have light-sensitive pigments, and these pigments help your brain distinguish different colors based on their light wavelengths. If there’s a malfunction or deficiency in these cones, it can result in colorblindness. For example, if your cones don’t have enough pigments to recognize shades of red and green, you will be red-green colorblind.
EnChroma glasses use high-tech lenses that allow colorblind patients to recognize colors better. They filter out certain wavelengths so your brain can distinguish red and green wavelengths more accurately. When EnChroma lenses alter these wavelengths, there’s less color overlap, which improves your brain’s ability to differentiate colors.
EnChroma glasses have a variety of lenses
The team at Benjamin Optical can help you find the right lenses for your EnChroma glasses. When you come in for your appointment, we run a series of tests to determine what type of color blindness you have and the severity. Once we figure this out, we can go over the types of glasses based on your needs and lifestyle.
EnChroma glasses offer the best color impact in bright sunlight. With more light, the lenses can better filter color wavelengths, which results in more vibrant, saturated colors and a richer experience.
But your experience doesn’t have to end indoors, as EnChroma glasses also have special lenses designed for low-light settings. The indoor lenses can make something as simple as watching television a much better experience.
Boost your color perception and enrich your life
Most of us take the beauty — and usefulness — of colors for granted. Typically, getting dressed is a simple task, but if you’re colorblind, it can be hard to tell if your clothes match. And watching fireworks or looking at holiday lights might not be the same experience for someone who’s colorblind.
That’s why we take pride in providing EnChroma glasses. We want to help colorblind patients enrich their lives with color. To learn more about EnChroma glasses, book your appointment with Benjamin Optical online or give one of our New York offices a call.