Is Colorblindness Really That Serious?

Some health conditions dramatically change your daily life. Colorblindness isn’t one of them. The vast majority of people with this condition learn to adapt relatively easily. In fact, in some cases, they may go years before realizing colorblindness affects them.

Ultimately, the impacts of colorblindness usually aren’t overly serious. But that doesn’t mean we don’t take diagnosing and treating it seriously here at Benjamin Optical. At our offices throughout New York City, our team offers targeted care to correct colorblindness, helping you see the world in all of its hues. 

The impacts of colorblindness

Colorblindness is what it sounds like: the inability to see certain colors. This can make it hard to differentiate between certain colors. Most commonly, this condition impacts your ability to see green and/or red. That said, there are several different types of colorblindness, each with different symptoms. 

For most people, colorblindness doesn’t cause major issues in their daily life. There are some specific instances when it can create problems, though. 

Children might struggle in school — especially during color-matching or sorting activities — if they live with this condition. In adulthood, colorblindness can make certain jobs (e.g., designer, pilot) or hobbies (e.g., puzzles) difficult or even impossible, depending on the type and severity of the condition. 

In most cases, though, colorblindness doesn’t pose a serious obstacle to the individual. That said, they still might want to see the full spectrum of color. And we can help. 

Treating your colorblindness

Colorblindness can’t be cured, but it can be corrected with specialty lenses. Here at Benjamin Optical, we offer EnChroma® eyeglasses to help you see more colors. 

Most people get the biggest results when they use EnChroma eyeglasses outdoors, where bright natural light can really make the colors pop. But if you’d like to more easily differentiate between colors in low-light conditions — like when you’re working at a computer or cooking at night — we also offer EnChroma indoor lenses. 

If you also have nearsightedness or farsightedness, our team can include your corrective prescription in your EnChroma lenses, letting you see more color with clarity. 

So, should you explore EnChroma lenses? If you think you might be living with colorblindness, visit any of our offices. Our team has a range of screening tests we can use to assess your ability to see and differentiate between colors. That enables us to test for red-green colorblindness, blue-yellow colorblindness, and more. 

If you suspect you see colors differently than other people, call any of our offices or book an appointment online today to get screened for colorblindness. 

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