Have you ever taken one of those color vision tests? They’re used to determine if you have color vision deficiency, a condition that’s usually inherited. If you have poor color vision, your ability to see the difference between certain colors is lessened. You may have one of the four types of color blindness!
People with color vision deficiency do not always know they have it! Usually, people find out in real-life situations such as pulling up to traffic lights and not knowing exactly what colors are showing. Most commonly, people affected by the 4 types of color blindness see:
- Different shades of red and green
- Different shades of blue and yellow
Although many people equate color vision deficiency with color blindness, true color blindness actually describes someone who only sees in shades of black and white — which is rare. But here’s a quick to help determine whether you have a color vision deficiency or not.
Only people with perfect color vision who aren’t impacted by any of the 4 types of color blindness can read these 8 words without hesitation! Can you?
See the answers below:
If you were able to see all of the words above, you likely don’t suffer from any of the 4 types of color blindness. 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.
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Types of Color Blindness
Color blindness – or color vision deficiency (CVD) – affects approximately 8% of men and 0.5% of women. Broadly, there are four types 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.
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.