This is how people with color blindness see the world

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This is how people with color blindness see the world

Perspective is an amazing thing that can unite or divide people, countries, continents, and more. While different opinions contribute to that, how we see the world in a literal sense is another source of perspective.

4 Kinds of Color Blindness

Color blindness – or color vision deficiency (CVD) – affects approximately 8% of men and 0.5% of women.[1] Broadly, there are four kinds of color blindness (it’s not just seeing in shades of grey) and we have some pictures to show you what each looks like.

Total Color Blindness

We’ll cover this one first because while it exists, it only occurs in 0.00003% of the world’s population.[2]


About 4.63% of men unknowingly suffer from this form of color blindness, making it the most common form. Colors, especially reds and greens, will seem faded or lack their natural brightness.


1% of men have this less common form of color blindness. There seems to be a greater contract in Protanopia because while all reds and greens will lack brightness, other colors such as yellows and blues tend to stay the same.


This form of color blindness affects both men and women equally, but rarely and at very minimal levels. People will this CVD perceive the world in tones of pink and green.

Colorblind Comparisons

color blindness frida kahlo

color blindness friut plate

color blindness pepsi logo

color blindness rainbow

color blindness street intersection

color blindness traffic light

Color Blind Check

Have you had your eyes tested for color blindness before? There’s a new way to learn the type and severity of your CVD for free! Try the easy and fun test here.



*Information throughout “4 Kinds of Color Blindness” was sourced from [2].

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