I’M BLIND!!! Colorblind That Is…

I’ll never forget the day I found out that I was color blind.  I was in junior high science class.  We were in the media center and our teacher introduced us to the concept of color blindness.  This was the first time that I had ever seen a test like this.  He asked everyone to take a look at a jumble of dots on the board.  The first one I saw just fine, but most of the others were either incredibly difficult to make out or I couldn’t decipher them at all.  The science teacher was showing us images similar to the ones on the left.  It was the Ishihara test for color blindness.

As luck would have it, I was the only one in the entire class that was having such an issue with the pictures.  Everyone else could just rattle off these numbers, but to me most were just a collection of dots.  The event turned quite embarrassing for me, as most of the kids just laughed and then started whispering to their friends as if I was somehow less human or an oddity now.  Junior high is awkward enough, but now I was the king of the awkward.

This was the day where I had to start answering these questions every time it came out that I had this hereditary condition: “Can you see green?”  “Can you see red?”  “What color is this?”  It is simply amazing how misunderstood this condition is.  I also don’t think people realize how much this misunderstanding can affect people.

Color blindness is an inherited condition(usually anyway) most common in men ( 8-12 percent of white men, and less than one half of one percent in women).   The basic definition of color blindness comes in three basic flavors.  There is the very rare condition of total color blindness, where a person sees their world in shades of black, white, and gray.  Blue-yellow color blindness is also quite rare, and as the name implies, these people struggle with colors in shades of blue and yellow.  The last classification is red-green color blindness.  This is, by far the most common version of the condition.  Individuals with this last aspect have issues with shades of red and green.

In my case, I am red-green color blind.  The first thing people do when they hear this is immediately point to something red or something green and ask if I can tell what color it is.  The short answer to that is, yes I can see green and I can see red.  The label color blind is something of a misnomer.  Really the condition should really be labeled as having a color deficiency and not blindness to color altogether.  Much like other traits you have such as your finger prints, color blindness is unique to the person.  My issues really only flare up on two occasions.  In really low light some greens for me will turn grey or black (no not stoplights at night, it’s more subtle than that).  Secondly, if two shades of green are close together and are very similar, they may blend together or create a bit of a grey shift too.  It is hard to describe, but that’s what happens for me.

My own version of color blindness is unique to me.  Someone else, who is also classified as red-green, might have a different sensitivity or other colors that cause issues.  This is because it all depends on what the eyes are deficient in.  There are three different types of cones in the eye that decide how it picks up colors.  Now color blindness results when one of these cones are missing, or is simply not working properly.

One of the unfortunate consequences of this condition is that some people, who would otherwise be qualified to do so, are disqualified from holding certain jobs because they are being labeled as color blind.  Frequently the people who do the testing for this are not trained well, and they simply rubber stamp individuals with the condition and don’t investigate the severity and specific limitations, if any, the condition presents to the person.  This has resulted in people not being able to get employment (for jobs requiring good color vision such as electricians, and pilots, and such) even though in many cases they would probably be able to do the job.

Before pursuing this post, I had not considered that this condition is often classified as a mild disability.  Frankly, it has never hindered me from doing anything I have wanted to do.  At worst, it has just been a minor inconvenience, and the root of several jokes shared between my family and myself.  I don’t really consider myself disabled in any way.  I just can’t decipher the stupid dots on the top of this page.


242 thoughts on “I’M BLIND!!! Colorblind That Is…

  1. I have a friend who has the same type of color blindness that you do. I never fully understood it until the autumn came. I was remarking about how beautiful all of the fall foliage was, and his response was a dry “I guess it looks nice.” He tells me that he can see colors, but certain hues are duller than what a normal vision could perceive. When I dyed my hair a shade of red, he could tell it was darker, but not so much redder.

    You’re completely right…it’s not a disability. And who knows…maybe without all that extra color distraction, you’re actually more perceptive than the rest of us out there 🙂

    Kudos on being FP!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words…for me it is greens. The humorous thing I like to share about this is that green is actually my favorite color. That just blows people away when I tell them that 🙂

      1. My cousin have names for every color, but he does not see them the way i do. 🙂 So when you point what color this is, he can say it’s red because for him that is red, only thing is he perceives it differently.

      2. Mike,
        Thanks for writting this for everyone to read. Im not really considered color blind but i do have an eye disease that has color problems. My sister and i found out we had inherted Cone dystrophy when she was in high school, and I was in college. If you have this it means the photo receptors in your retna are working porly, our cones are pretty much dying in our central vvision. Cones control color. This means we will never go comp;etely blind and we see only hues of grey. The first thing that made me think something was wrong was when i saw a car out my moms car window and said “Mom, thats a really weird brown color for a car” she looked and said “Jessica that car is green” After that i went to an eye doctor who tested me with this same method. I had troble seeing all but the first. She had never seen a color blind girl so she sent me to a specialist who tested me with a different method. This is where the eye doctor gives you tiny cylinders in every color and you have to put them in order from red-red.. Strange enough, i passed, I am not considered color blind but i do in fact have color depth issues. I was then sent to the retna foundation where i and my sister are now a case study since there is nothing that can help this disease. For anyone that reads this, if you go to your eye doctor and find out your color blind, Ask some more questions, it might could be something else.

    2. “And who knows…maybe without all that extra color distraction, you’re actually more perceptive than the rest of us out there ”
      My friend is colour blind nad works in his step-dad’s marketing company because of his blindness he has a much better sense of contrast then us mere mortals and he finds he can use this to make their ads more distinctive and high-impact…if it doesn’t stand out for him it is a poor advert!

  2. So what I’m hearing you say…in a crisis I should not tell you CUT THE RED WIRE! 😉

    My friend is also color blind–can’t see the differences between blues and purples. Not sure what else, but I’ve helped him out a time or two. He does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and sometimes makes artwork and has colored his drawn belt blue instead of purple (he’s a purple belt–one belt higher than a blue belt).

    Thank you for sharing, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    1. Yeah…I can do red…but green wires…that might be a different story…my wife has a dark green shirt that to this day I say is black…

      1. I’ve got the same kind of color-blindness as you (see only the same two numbers you do above). Was talking to my father-in-law about it. He is an electrician. And he was an electrician in the Navy. He said he worked with another Navy electrician who was colorblind. The officer in charge of these guys would just go find a lowly seaman to sit next to this guy all day and tell him the color of the wires.

    2. Yes, so do my mom.. hard to see the difference between blues and purples, also between green and grey…
      She’s so stylish, and i’m thinking whether it’s bcause of her color blind.. 🙂

  3. maaan lovely post, I “suffer” from the same “disability”. I only saw the 25 actually and kinda saw the 56 when I read there would be one haha. Never had any problems whatsoever with my colorblindness though. Despite the usual “What color is this?” – never gets old.

    I read somewhere that people who are having red-green difficulties possess a much higher sensitivity to shades of blue than “normal” viewers. So that’s cool.

    1. Thanks hen…I see the 25 clear as a bell…the 56 is a little “fuzzier” but I can read it…the others…well they are just those darn dots…years ago when those posters that were a bunch of dots or colors or something up close and if you stand back are supposed to see a picture came out, I was so frustrated because people would be like “wow cool space ship or unicorn or whatever”…but all I see are a bunch of dots or other gibberish…LOL

    1. Sonika…thanks and glad to hear someone can “proof read” that there are actually numbers there…

    1. Yeah there are definitely jobs out there that require some fine attention to color detail…I can certainly appreciate that…

  4. Mike – I’ve got same colorblindness as you. I used to work with 2 other guys that had same. We joked that we all saw the colors right, it was everyone else who was wrong.

    One time I was driving with one of them and wanted to point out a car. To me it looked blue, but of course it could have “really” been purple. So I started to go with my standard “do you see that blue or purple car”, then stopped and realized I could just say “look at the blue car”. It’s all a matter of perspective.

    There is a cool website (google “Daltonize”) that can show others what we see.



    1. Thanks for the chuckle Allan…I’m going to tuck that “everyone else is wrong” nugget away for the next time I share the experience in the real world…

  5. Is it bad that i now want to meet you in person and go ‘What color is this?’, lol. I could see how that would get old.
    My cousin is color blind, though, to be honest, i’m not sure what type. One of the earlier indications my aunt had was his teacher calling home to inform her that her son had explained to the class that he had a purple tabby cat (or, as was later established, a gray tabby cat the same shade of gray as the crayon labeled ‘purple’ in his crayon set).
    your post was interesting, though – my cousin has never explained to me the difference between what he sees and what I see – All i know is that he is very unimpressed that ‘electrician’ is out of his career choices

  6. I like the pie chart. Some people actually respond, “That’s cool” ??? It’s better than the more common response, but what an odd thing to say. I suppose it translates as, “I really have no response to that.”

    1. yeah…I think they just don’t have a good response so they go to their “stock footage” so to speak…LOL

  7. Thankyou, thankyou… I tell you what, hearing somebody else who is sick to the back teeth of “what colour is this? what colour is this?” is music to my ears. Maybe we should start a suport group or something…

    On the plus side, at least I can’t differentiate between commies and eco-loons, since for me a watermelon is the same colour all the way through.

    Oh, and last time I had my eyes tested even the OPTICIAN did the “what colour is this???” thing. And made me take that test again.

    1. LOL…really? The optician too huh…

      Whenever I go to the eye doctor and they get to that test…I just tell them…I’ll do this…but I can just save you a bunch of time here…I’m red green color blind…but they always make me take the test and then say “yep you sure are”…like I could have been wrong or something…how many people do they run into that lie about being red green colorblind I wonder

  8. Scientists managed to ‘cure’ colourblind mice by injecting a harmless virus into the iris, which contained the gene that they lacked. Maybe one day they’ll be able to do that for humans too and the condition will become a thing of the past.

    1. Not sure I want or “need” a cure really…it doesn’t impact my ability to function day to day so what would be the true benefit really? Of more curiosity to me is how do they determine the mice are colorblind…I know they looked at their genes, but just saying…

      1. I would love to see the world in the “right” colors for a time though…not because I miss anything, but out of interest.

  9. I am probably as colorblind as you are and it also has never done me that much harm. In Germany we have pre-school examinations so I knew since I was six, but had a similar experience in high school as you did when my teacher (who knew I was colorblind) and I had an argument which he closed with: “SO WHAT ARE COLORBLINDS GOOD FOR THEN?!” he also was my biology teacher and you might expect a little more sensitivity from him. This has been a running gag for all my life now and is the only thing that has ever happened to me that sounds negative (and I laughed at it a minute later already). So I am having a lot of fun with being colorblind.

    Btw its x-chromosomal-recessive (i just translated it from german), but it means that women normally can’t have it, but are the carrier most of the times.

    I found a pretty cool site which made my girl friend ooohhh and awww at me when I showed it to her, but it made her understand what I see.


    The rest of the site is in german though, but showing the pictures will give people a sense of what we see (even though I also see slight diverences in the pictures). Left is “normal”, and the pictures on the right are “colorblind”

    And now I wrote a lot more than I wanted too 😀

  10. I wasn’t really aware that there are different types of color blindness. Thanks for the lesson, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    1. Yeah most people on hearing colorblind just assume black and white vision which happens, but is incredibly rare. Thanks for the kind words

  11. I’ve had that same problem that has been described above. I have red-green colour blindness and those people who I do inform have the exact same response: “what colour is that?”

    It does seem that people have a general lack of understanding about what colour blindness entails. I’m surprised at the education you received, especially since it seems to aim to inform people about the relative inconsequential nature of the affliction. I nor others I know have ever had that experience in school.

    I discovered I was colour blind because I went to the opticians with a defect in my right eye and we had the test during the procedure. If all schools started teaching people about common medical problems, it would make a more informed world and one where the question “What colour is that?” becomes the rarity and not colour blindness.

    1. very insightful observation, I am sure that position would be true for a number of “disabilities” if they were discussed openly…

  12. You’re not alone: though I don’t tell people I’m colour-blind in conversation, I am also red-green colour-blind, but for me it is often a case of mistaking red and orange in certain materials. It’s strange, as some materials I can see are clearly red and others look orange, until you place the second next to the first and they turn out to be the same colour.

    1. I am very much the same only for me it is with shades of green…red is normal to me…at least I think it is anyway

      1. Really interesting article.

        I don’t really know anything about this, but I think the fact that how you see a color depends on what it’s next to might not be related to your color blindness. If you do a search for “color context”, you’ll find lots of optical illusions in which the same color appears very different (to people with normal color vision) when surrounded by different colors.

  13. My response is usually a knock knock joke. Specifically “Knock knock .Who’s there? Teresa? Teresa who? Teresa Green. (Trees are green)
    I’ve had a couple of guys seemed to find it genuinely amusing and seem grateful I didn’t just go “What’s this colour?”

  14. Have you heard of a little bit of iPhone software called DanKam? It’s a real time image processor that quantizes hues so that ambiguous greens (or any other color) can be moved into a color space that’s more easily perceptible by red-green anomalous trichromats — I’m guessing, but that sounds like what you are from your description.

    Google “DanKam Colorblind” and see what comes up. I think it’s out for the Android, too.

    1. Janis…it doing some research for this article I did run across this. It is an interesting “mechanical” method to augment colorblindness…but I really don’t find myself needing such an application. However, I can certainly appreciate the technology though 🙂

  15. My ex-girlfriend who is also red-green colorblind. Its really weird how people can find out if their color blind or not…

  16. I’m colour blind, red/brown/green being the problems. I was reluctant to tell anybody about it, but it’s never had a major impact on my life – I never wanted to be a pilot or an air traffic controller anyway.

    I think it sometimes causes me to doubt myself with other colours. I know blue and I know purple but every now and then I double check.

    For anybody who has problems with the same colours as me, trying playing a game of snooker – that’s a challenge with a green ball, a brown ball and lots of reds.


    1. Sorry to say…I got dumped because She seemed to think that I kept it hidden from her, and told me I should have told her about my *condition* on the first day.

    1. That’s awesome Crystal…trust me had I not found out in that junior high class I would have no clue that I was colorblind…at least not until I had to get glasses…but that is another story entirely

  17. I am too! ha ha, I’m bad, I struggle with green-red Green-brown. Blue-purple. Brown-Red. And yes, having numerous crayons thrown at me with a child on the other end screaming “What colour is this!” gets annoying. What is funny though is their dissapointment when I say ‘red’ then they accuse me of lying. So I tell them the crayon has ‘red’ written on it!

  18. I would be one of the folks that would immediately point to something and ask you what color it is. lol.
    But don’t mind me…I’m just simple.
    With the advances in eye surg, I would think we would have cured it by now.

    1. It’s actually not a problem that can be surgically fixed (at least with our technology now)…it is a problem with cones (the microscopic receptors in the eye that decipher color) being missing or not working properly…

  19. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    I have a friend who has some type of red-green colour blindness. He is actually at University studying Illustration and Animation, and as far as I know, his colour blindness hasn’t been a problem for him.
    When he first told me, I thought: how ironic, an artist with a colour blindness, but I wasn’t sure what the term actually meant. I knew the scientific explanation, but now after seeing some examples, it makes much more sense. It’s just like reducing one of the RGB colour channels in Photoshop or on your TV from what I’ve seen.

    Congratulation on being freshly pressed 🙂

    1. Well said Rumena…that’s exactly what it’s like…just reducing or taking away a color channel…excellent way to put it…thanks for the kind words 🙂

  20. I’m colour blind and apart from buying the odd lilac coloured shirt that I thought was pale blue it’s never really been a problem. People are normally intrigued. At school my art teacher said I was a ‘Fauve’ because of the way I used colour and encouraged me. Then, when I went to Art College the Fine Art tutor got really excited about it and got out all these Pantone colour reference books to try and understand what I saw.
    Essentially, the strongest, most vibrant, most eye-catching colour in my spectrum is yellow, not red. Based on this personal observation, I’d bet my boots that Van Gogh was also colour blind.

  21. I’m a little surprised that it took you so long to figure out that you had a problem. I knew very early in grade school that something wasn’t right – you only need to be asked once or twice “Why did you colour to ocean purple?” before you figure it out. But I’ve had problems with a lot more than just green. In your samples above I can only see the 25.

    1. In my individual case, I can see both green and red…there are just times (most likely) where the greens are not quite “right”. I see all the colors around me, just probably not quite as intensely as others. With no frame of reference otherwise, I didn’t assume anything was off…

  22. I just read the comment from sammyswarf… Until this very moment, it had never even occured to me that someone would disagree about yellow being the “the strongest, most vibrant, most eye-catching colour!! Red’s not a strong colour! It blends right in with green and brown!

  23. I won’t pretend that I’ve done a lot of research into the subject, but this is the most comprehensive explanation I’ve read on colorblindness. I especially appreciate that it is a first-person account, which I think is more reliable than what one might find on a Wiki site. Also, as a budding writer, knowing more about the truth behind colorblindness gives me an edge, should it be an important attribute for a character someday. Thank you for the post. 🙂

  24. I always thought colour blindness was the black-white one, so thank you for writing this to inform others about it

  25. Thanks for this information Mike. I have a mate who shares the same fate as you and I always forget he got that. I was wondering at first if he really can’t see red and green but then he told me the same things that you shared here (not that detailed actually). I believe; even after writing this, you will be asked “what color is this?” as always. So please ready yourself… 🙂
    Cheers mate…

    1. Most welcome…and alas…I have the same feeling about the dreaded question…not to worry though…I think I have the fortitude to press on…thanks for stopping by today 🙂

  26. For me, the only inconvenience of colorblindness (red-green, too) is the “What color is this?” routine (and the older I get, the less that comes up). I have difficulty distinguishing green from brown, and I often joke that purple doesn’t actually exist, but is part of a vast conspiracy to annoy me. The one area where I do have to be careful is night-driving in a big city. Green lights at intersections blend in with the other lights, essentially making the stoplight invisible to me if I’m not paying attention. I learned a long time ago that the solution is to take as much care at intersections as I should be taking anyway.

    One thing people don’t really understand is that, from the perspective of a color-blind person, the absent colors are essentially theoretical. I don’t miss shades of red in things because I’ve never seen them in the first place. Purple is blue to me; it’s not a diagnosis…just a factoid. I understand that colors exist I don’t see (and mostly just shades of color, as you said), but I’m happy with the colors I do see.

  27. I too am color blind – thanks Dad for that recessive gene. My fathers mother was color blind, as are my father and all his brothers. Dear old Dad passed the gene down to his daughters (moi) who in turn have passed the gene down to our sons – it’s a safe bet that when our sons have children it will be to their daughters and so on and so on – so from one color blind blogger to another – congrats on being freshly pressed.

  28. Thanks for this, Mike. I enjoyed your story, and the graphics are great!

    My brother is also red-green color blind. We discovered it as kids while making our own comics. He consistently drew his main character (Jesus!) with green hair, insisting it was dark brown.

    Of course, I teased him relentlessly. 🙂

  29. This was a very informative blog posting. well-written, and clearly states the facts on this disfunction of the eyes. Of my comment postings today on other works by “Freshly Pressed” authors, this blog with this posting leads the pack in the quality of its writing and presentation.

  30. I found out I was color blind when I enlisted in the military. My family think this was just an excuse to exclude from technical positions, they scheduled me with the family doctor. His tests proved I was in fact color blind, he also stated it wasn’t that uncommon. It is kind of funny to see the reactions, then have them take a similar test and realize being color blind doesn’t mean what it sounds like.

    1. There is a massive lack of knowledge regarding how common this trait is, and exactly what it means to be colorblind…

  31. What an interesting topic. I found it very informative.

    It’s amazing how our differences aren’t necessarily a disability, that is not until society uses those difference to discriminate against us, that our differences become disabling.

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  33. How interesting and well written Mike. Congratulations on being FP!

    I used to do physicals for commercial drivers and would have to decide if their color blindness affected their ability to drive. In all cases, I was able to pass them based on their ability to perceive red and green, even though they weren’t seeing it the same way I was seeing it.

    Have you seen the iPhone app that corrects for colorblindness?

    1. I have heard of the app…but haven’t done anything with it…not sure how it would really be all that useful.

      Thanks for the kind comments…

  34. I’m one of the rare women that has it. I found out in fourth grade from the health book we were studying. I wrote a post about being a color blind photographer, which really cracked me up, and of course, I got the same reactions as you. What colors can you see? Should you tell your clients? OMYGOSH!!!

    It’s really funny and I love your last line. I just can’t see the stupid dots! Amen brother!

    1. Yeah…I am an amateur photographer (emphasis on amateur) too, and you are right you have to wonder if people think you will mess it up or something…

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

  35. I have had many students over the years who are color blind. Since I teach at the college level, I can usually tell when they sit down and I see their socks — which generally don’t exactly match. One green, one brown. That kind of thing. I’ve always thought of it as just another way that the Goddess is trying to tell us that it is difficult to know the capital “T” truth. There are always different perspectives to consider!

    Congrats on being Freshly Squished! 😉

    Come visit me at Lessons From Teachers and Twits. (I’m the twit!)

  36. Great blog post – I can sympathise with all who share this deficiency. I can only see the 25, 56 and what appears as a vague 6 in the bottom left chart.

    My colour deficiency was noticed whilst young – I apparently painted a beautiful landscape in all shades of purple – must be worth some money nowadays:).
    Now being in my mid sixties, I can say that it is an annoyance rather than a disability. Being a keen photographer I prefer black & white and should not be let loose in Photoshop on colour prints! My choice of clothing colour combinations are amazing, according to my Wife.
    As someone else commented, I also do not see autumn colours, but can pick out a blue anywhere. My red/green deficiency mainly affects the identification of greens and browns – it’s like a mental blockage, I just do not know what they are. This is most noticeable on very dark or very light colour shades. I have no problem with the pure colours with red being quite distinguishable from green!
    I only wish paint manufacturers had not brought out those colours called a ‘lighter shade of whatever’ as they all; even the yellows look alike to me.

    Out of interest, our so called ‘colour blindness’ was especially deployed during the war years. We would have been valuable as spotters or observers, since our colour deficiency is not fooled by camouflage patterns – we can apparently spot camouflaged tanks, buildings etc. whilst those with good colour vision are often fooled by the patterns – the boot being on the other foot!
    Correct with the hereditary aspect, my deficiency was passed down from my Grandfather on my Mother’s side and I have passed it down through my Daughter to my Grandsons; with all females in the line being immune and having perfect colour vision.
    Best of luck!

  37. Thanks for sharing! My Mum and brother are colour blind. Most people don’t even know, since it rarely affects anything they do. My Mum is red-green colour blind. For her birthday one year, I took her shopping and we picked out a really nice outfit for her to wear to the party we had for her… 3 years later I found out the the whole time she thought I was nuts for saying how great this ‘ugly brown’ outfit was… it is actually a beautiful shade of green, but it never dawned on me that she couldn’t see that. She was just being polite at the time, but now that she realises its actually green, not brown, she wears it alot more often!!! My brother is a litle more tricky… he is red-green blind, but says he has a hard time with blues and yellows to… to be honest I’m not sure exactly what he sees… but its made for some fun moments with him trying to wear clothing that matches!!! All in all, the impact that colour blindness has on their life is minimal, apart from the odd argument they may have with my 5 year old when they can’t pick the right red crayon out of the basket to colour with her hahaha

    1. I’m amazed at all the crayon stories I have heard in comments today…good thing they label those things huh?

      Thanks for sharing…

  38. Congrats on being FP!
    I also have the same problem with the dot stuff and the seeing eye things. I see the 25 easily, the 56 gets a little fuzzy the 29 looks like a 20 (for sure 2, not sure about the 0 or 9). I can’t see the others! Funny thing is that I have no problem with colors otherwise! Just can’t see the darn dots! Though lately I have noticed a “difficulty” with the single flashing lights…red or yellow? Never could do the seeing eye stuff though. I am in my late 40’s and just found this out about 8 years ago. Made it this far with no problems.

  39. Thanks for sharing! It was an interesting reading. I will show this for a friend of my who is colorblind.

  40. What is it called when you can see colors but you can never see those hidden pictures within pictures, like horses running through snowy woods. Or when my husband says to me, “Wow! That was such a huge deer that just ran by!” and I have been focusing on a bit of litter at the side of the road.

    1. I’m not sure what it would be called if you are not colorblind…I do know that those hidden pictures are very much a mystery to me as well

  41. I work with a lot of colorblind archaeologists, it seems like a higher proportion than are in the regular population. Usually it’s not an issue, unless we are using the Munsell book to distinguish soil colors — then they typically just let someone else do the work. *smile*

    I did run across a client’s employee who was helping us follow fluorescent-colored pin flags in high grass as we surveyed a proposed water line. Most of the flags were orange, and he had no problem following them. But the hot pink flags got “lost” against the green grass for him. I found it really interesting, since the hot pink is a higher contrast than the orange to my “normal” eyes.

    1. yeah that’s kinda sad really…I mean perhaps they would have been able to do the job after all…even without the ability to distinguish the colors well…pity

  42. Hello,

    thanks for sharing this personal experience of yours. It’s a good reminder of how insensitive we are at risk of being in day to day life.
    I myself have never thought of color blindness as mild disability because my dad is color blind and makes nothing of it. In fact, he works his way round it and is a very good painter.

    1. Judging from most of the comments today…I would wager that most people don’t even realize who is and isn’t colorblind…

  43. Thanks for opening my mind to a new world of color-deficiency eye sight :D.
    I never thought of this before I read this. Thank you very much.

  44. Man oh man! When I say something is purple, others say it is blue. When I say something is black, others say it is dark blue. When I say something is orange, others say it is red. Hmmm, I think we may have something in common:-)

  45. I love this post 🙂

    I am color blind as well, and I am female so I think people find it hard when I say that I am. But I already had 2 Ishihara tests (first one was 2 years ago and the other one, just last Saturday) and I failed miserably. 😀

  46. Like most things that are different, people are afraid, ignorant and repulsed before they learn the truth of what’s really different, really isn’t a big deal at all.

  47. My father is colorblind. He has two of the types. He can’t see red-green or blue-yellow. He usually always asks my family if something is purple when it’s blue, or pink when it’s red.
    Once, he took a picture of our past yellow labrador. Somehow, he had gotten a grass stain on his fur, and my father couldn’t see any green in the picture. We had to point it out to him while he edited and retouched the photo. His hobby is photography.
    Colorblindness is hereditary in my family, his father has it as well. However, I do not, maybe cause there’s a very low chance for women, but my brother doesn’t either. At least not to my knowledge…
    But I understand what you’re going through, my father does even better. And I’ve never thought of colorblindness as a disability. Except for the part in Sunshine, where that boy was colorblind and wanted to be a pilot. But that was just more of an unfortunate occurrence than a disability. (:

  48. That pie chart couldn’t be more correct. I’ve been asked “what color is that?” more times than I can count

  49. My uncle is colorblind, and loves to cook. The part that frustrates him is he has to get my aunt to tell him when the meat is done! Eating raw meat is not something I want to do anytime soon ;-). I loved this post, it is extremely interesting.

  50. My husband has the red/green color blindness. When we were first married it did cause him real grief, as he wanted to join the Air Force and become a pilot, and he wasn’t allowed to because of this. He must have some part of the red/blue business, because once I bought him a pair of grayish/purple pants (remember parachute pants??!!) and he simply thought they were gray… til his buddies started teasing him about them! Ha – I didn’t do it on purpose, but it was great! The really sad part tho? We lived for the last year in Virginia and one thing I absolutely loved was the cardinals (they don’t have them in the West were we are from). That vivid red bird in a bright green tree is so beautiful… and yeah, you guessed it… he can’t see them! I can’t tell you how many times I would point them out to him, and be completely amazed that he couldn’t figure out where I was pointing… until he realized why he couldn’t pick out that red bird in a green tree. For the first time I felt really sorry for him about being colorblind!

  51. Three out of my four boys are colorblind. It is like you say – variable, because each one of them is red-green colorblind, however, each one sees those colors differently. I am sad for them because they cannot see the wonderful fall colors and one of them is very artistic but has trouble finding the paint color he wants… but in the big scheme of things… it’s really not a big deal. Thanks for the great post.

    1. I have two girls and a boy…I know my oldest girl isn’t colorblind…but don’t know about the others yet (they are 4 and 5)…but even if they are it is really not a big deal like you say 🙂

  52. This is a very informative post, and I learned a lot from it. I have never encountered a color blind person, but now I know a little bit about what they might experience. Thank you so much! =]

    1. I bet you have encountered several colorblind people and either you didn’t know it, or they didn’t 🙂

  53. I, too, am red-green colorblind and I especially often have trouble reading street signs because the entire thing looks green to me. So, you’re definitely right about each person’s blindness being different. Terrific post! It’s nice to know somebody took the time to explain colorblindness in an easily-comprehendable way. Thanks!

    1. You could be…the full test is actually something like 38 images. If you are curious/concerned just go to a local eye doctor and they can help with such a diagnosis.

  54. This post was so interesting. You explained a complex medical problem so well. I too had a bit of difficulty making out the numbers on the pictures, but I could see them after a few secs. They were not that easy as the 2 numbers you mentioned.

  55. Hello – thanks for the post.

    I’m Red/Green/slight purple shift colour blind, and frankly it’s never bothered me. For what it’s worth, I can only see the 25 at the top of the post.

    I have it as my mother has it, and of course we know that’s how it’s passed along. Ironically, my wife is also slightly colour blind and so I can blame her if our son has it 🙂 When I was a child my parents could buy something green which my Dad liked, and to my Mum it was brown, so she was happy too. Someone asked me once if I ‘blamed’ my mother – they were serious. Really, what’s wrong with some people. I. don’t. care. Love my mum.

    I used to patch a lot of Cat5 ethernet cable on punch panels at work and when I told people I was colour blind they thought I’d get it wrong – it doesn’t matter I explained, providing I’m wrong at both ends! I never made a bad patch punch down.

    I think the post gets it correct – it’s a nothing ‘disability’ really – has very little effect in real life for *most* people, though I do wish some LEDs (iPod Shuffle I’m looking at you – and older DSs) were more obviously green/amber.

    About the bird thing – he *can* see them, just his colour is shifted so if it was similar to the tree/leaves to him, that’s why he can’t see them. Conversely, I’ve found green things in grass for people who couldn’t see them. I’ve tried explaining it like this: imagine our visible spectrum laid out as a continuous image – now imagine some colour sections aren’t smooth gradients as you’d expect, but minor blocks, and others appear out of sequence – that’s colour blindness. (Ironically, when I look at a spectrum it’s fine – that’s just a theoretic explanation as we cant lay out what we see side by side.)

    Funniest exploit when I was a kid: I told people I could see through green and red things as if they weren’t there – that freaked people out in red clothes. Funniest thing someone said to me: colour blindness is contagious!!! Ahhhh ruunnn aawwaaayyy. It was funny even at the time.

    I hope no one ever got picked on for this, or if anyone young is reading this, really, don’t worry about it because you’ll only ever see like this, and we have no idea how each other see and it’ll all still look ‘right’ to us. Sunsets still look awesome.

  56. This is an awesome post. My partner is color blind and was nodding the entire time they were reading it, it’d definitely be great if more people were aware of what it ACTUALLY is.

    But some of hte wordng could be better. “Color blindness is an inherited condition(usually anyway) most common in men people with XY chromosomes ( 8-12 percent of Caucasian men white people with XY chromosomes, and less than one half of one percent in women people with other sex chromosomes).” would be better written “Color blindness is an inherited condition(usually anyway) most common in <em<people with XY chromosomes ( 8-12 percent of white people with XY chromosomes, and less than one half of one percent in people with other sex chromosomes).

    Thanks again for the great post!

  57. Color-blindness has always fascinated me in a sense. I often wonder what it’s like, seeing as I’m so used to seeing with the vision I’m accustomed to. I wouldn’t consider it a disability, either, in your case, for it doesn’t seem to interfere dramatically with daily life. An inconvenience is the prefect word. This was really interesting to read! 😀

  58. I know I’ve got to stop telling my girlfriends ‘that is a lovely sweater’, as I will be asked for weeks if not months ‘what color is this?’. Other than that, color blindness hasn’t affected me since I left grade school. Nobody—including me—has cared what color I saw the text in my editor, so long as I could program successfully, and I can.

  59. My dad has much more severe red-green color blindness than I do, and he’s an electrical engineer…

    I’m a girl and was told at age 16 by the school nurse that I have a mild case of red-green color blindness after taking that dot test. I mostly have trouble when the two colors are presented close together. Whichever is in the minority will be a shade of gray or kind of flickering, and certain shades of the two colors look more like gray to me always. I found out a couple of weeks ago that my winter jacket of the past two years is actually green, not gray like I thought.

    The problem is, I hardly ever notice I don’t see color “properly”, so when it is a problem, I’m left in a strange kind of middle ground. It’s hard to explain… but it seems that because people don’t understand what color blindness actually is, they dismiss my problems with colors outright. They seem to think I’m angling for attention if it ever comes up.

    1. Oh I hear ya on that one…most of the time people just laugh it off in that “I don’t really get it, but whatever” kind of way…

  60. The problem with society is that we see certain words/concepts as being negative, and this in turn has a hugely negative response when it comes to applying for jobs or trying to explain your ‘difference’ to people. You are definitely right when you say that ‘blindness’ is a poor term for the condition. When anybody sees the word ‘blindness’ they assume that it means a complete lack of ability to see something, whether it’s colour or generally whatever is in front of that person.

    Great article, I hope it spreads some awareness! I knew somebody who wasn’t able to become a pilot due to colour blindness. I suffer a similar ‘shortcoming’ – I’m too short to be a pilot! 😛

    1. I always wanted to be a pilot…however like you I am colorblind, and pretty short myself (5’4″)…LOL

      1. Haha oops, I wrote that poorly – I’m not colour-blind but I am too short to be a pilot, for a helicopter anyway. It just sucks sometimes that genetics means we are not eligible to do certain things. But we can fly other ways. Sky diving, bungee jumping…

  61. Great post, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!
    I have a much better understanding of colour-blindness now.
    I used to do the dot tests myself for fun, and they were normally at the beginning of those dot illusion books I think, but apart from that I’ve never really thought about colour-blindness much except for when I watch Little Miss Sunshine.
    I know that I’m not colourblind, but those stupid dots are still hard to figure out, especially the 6!

  62. Thanks for your informative post from an adult eye! 🙂 Color perception deficiency runs in our family – my grandfather was actually recruited by the military because his specific type of color blindness allowed him to easily spot camouflage during WW2! Our oldest, 7, was just diagnosed last year with a color deficiency during a routine school screening. I kind of figured something was “off” with his color perception at a young age when I noticed his inability to sort discrete colors in the same hue (burgundy v brown v maroon and so on), and his perception of a green & tan striped sweatshirt as “green and green-white” (when he was old enough to clearly know his colors).
    Since color perception is so individual, it’s been hard to determine when/where this will impact him. His pediatrician’s suggestion is that we keep colors bright/vivid and with a high contrast. We try to make his teachers aware so that an activity like sorting and graphing those little Valentine conversation hearts (all very pastel and very much the same) doesn’t make him crazy. We figure that this educational process will have to occur every year, with every teacher, as teachers infuse more technology (like those awful Powerpoints with terrible colors) and rely on texts rely with color and graphs to present material (we have a census map of the US w/red and brown states… yeah, they look the same to him).
    Thanks again for the information!

  63. Hello,
    Thank you so much for sharing those insights, always been intrigued by the topic, mainly because i find it fascinating to think that people see the world in different ways. My brother is colour blind too but always found it difficult to explain.

  64. Well, its easy to discriminate when the tag “disability” is attached. And, unfortunately, the greatest disability of the entire human race is the malicious tendency to discriminate.

    1. I completely agree…our human need to label things sure gets in the way of the great things we can do so much of the time…

  65. I have the same ” problem” like you…and from the first picture i can see only 25 :). The fact that i don’t see those numbers doesn’t make me different from the rest…the doctor said that i will never pass the medical test to join the army, buy a weapon and be a professional driver which i find it very cool!

  66. I like the point you make about people being denied jobs because of a fairly trivial “disability”. My father is red-green colorblind and he was denied the chance to be a police officer due to it. Sometimes I wonder what truly could have gone wrong had they given him the chance…and I usually come up empty. Good post.

    1. Yes…I do think that this (for the most part anyway) is a pretty trivial thing to be denied a job for…

  67. My Dad claims he’s color blind, and ironically he makes color toner (actaully invents the picments) for large scale copy machines. (the ones that make billboards and bus ads) It’s never slowed him down. 🙂

    Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  68. WOW! Even though we are all aware of colorbblindness I dont think that teachers think about this or test for it now days. it should be a requirement.Go big or go home: Adding color to black and whites. Black and white blah or black and white BAM. How to turn contrasting colors into an unforgettable outfit. http://ow.ly/3CrSc

    1. Definitely…in humble (pronounced fashion challenged) opinion I think black and white make a powerful statement in fashions…

  69. Good post. My son is color blind, too. I might have him look at those pictures at the top to see where he falls. I had a difficult time with the bottom two. What makes this funny is I quilt as a hobby. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  70. I always wondered how people who are color blind see things. In fact, I would be one of those people who would ask you the “what color is this” question. I found your article to be informative and a few links posted here were very useful in seeing how you see things. Thanks for writing this post.

  71. I was JUST talking with my boyfriend about this the other day … he had made some comment about how color blind people only see in shades of grey, and I hearkened back to AP Biology and the lesson, educating him, my then-misinformed-minion, about the correct definition of color blindness.

    I will be sharing your post with him — so that he can see that I, the then-superior-in-her-colorblindness-knowledge, was not also full of BS.


    Thank you!

    1. Interesting how you think words such as men/women and Caucasian are racist or sexist…I guess I would be inclined to disagree here…

      1. I posted this on my blog, but I’m redoing it here:
        I never said sexist. Cissexist is completely different. It’s interphobic and transphobic. There are many intersex people who have different chromosome arrangements beyond XX or XY, as well as XX phenotypic males who are assigned male at birth, go through a male puberty, have “typical” male genitals, but are genetically XX and cAIS women who are assigned feamle at birth, go through a female puberty, have “typical” female genitals, but are genetically XY. As for transphobic: There are a lot of women who are genetically XY and a lot of men who are genetically XX because they’re transgender.

        And I don’t “think” Caucasian is racist. It IS racist. http://raaw.wordpress.com/2007/10/15/caucasian/

      2. Thanks for sharing…very informative stuff, and I will definitely have some stuff to digest…while I still take some issue with the men/women stuff you are taking a standard here on…you have definitely swayed my view on the term Caucasian…thanks again

  72. Cool!
    Besides dealing with an interesting and not well documented subject, I found the article very entertaining. Thank you very much.


  73. My huband is alsp red/green color blind. It is a source of conversation for my family all the time. Mostly out of curiosity, what he sees versus what we see.
    It hasn’t really hindered his life that much; he couldn’t be a pilot in the Navy. He would love to be a farmer but has issues with telling if the plants are dry, over-watered, or ripe. He hates grilling because he can’t tell then the meat is cooked.
    We figured out the it is hereditary through the female side…if we have a daughter and she has a son her son would have the highest chance of being color blind.
    I can’t lie….i have messed with him a few times 🙂

    1. My wife just gets amused when I stand by my conviction that something is grey or black when it is clearly green to her…”okay honey…riiight it’s grey/black”

  74. Hi! My dad is ‘colour-blind’ and his name is Mike too! I believe he has the red-green classification. They discovered it when he was a kid. He was watching tv with his dad, a hockey game on a black and white tv, and he asked his dad ‘Which team is the Maple Leafs, the red or the blue?’ Of course grandpa was flabbergasted because how could his son see colour on the black and white tv?!?!? We do joke about it and kids when they find out will always pull the ‘what colour is this?’ questions on him. I never really thought before how it might be frustrating or annoying…he always just goes with it.

    1. what a cute story…yeah, I’m sure when my kids are older they will make jokes too…but that’s just fun stuff…

  75. My son is red-green colorblind. We found out when he was about 4 because he couldn’t match up some pastel colors in preschool. He used to call himself ‘color-mixed’. 🙂 On the way home on the day we found out he was colorblind, he was drinking a Sprite and told me it was really good orange soda…any day before that, I would have thought he was joking with me.

    He is very good at finding hidden things…like when we are walking thru the forest, he’s always the first to spot any hiding animals like snakes or bugs that blend in to the rest of us. That seems to be a perk! 😉

    1. That’s how I have always taken it…just like anything else…it has advantages and challenges…it is up to us to adapt to it and make the best of the situation. Thanks for reading!!

  76. Great post, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed. I’m always so interested to learn more about this, and what people see who are color blind, that I am likely one of those annoying people that would point something out in the room. Um, I will try not to do that again. It is just intriguing to me our differences… not disabilities… but differences in how we see the world. I think you have a great attitude about it, and thanks for the education!

  77. I’m glad you posted this. I’ve often wondered what people who are colored blind actually saw. And you clarified that! You have enlightened me. Thank you!

  78. My mom has some difficulty with colors. Not sure of it is color blindness or just bad eyes (which she already has). However, generally it’s all the time for her, so the idea that someone can’t see it intermittently is interesting.

    What would be fun is to make a special dot pattern that doesn’t have a number but pretend it does. Then tell them it’s some horrible eye disease or something if they can’t see the number and you sure can. >D

  79. Great piece and I actually learned something — Color blindness is having a color deficiency, but it doesn’t mean you can’t see the color. Thank you for schooling us! And congrats on being FP!

  80. I had the same problem with the color blindness test…I’m not sure if I actually am red-green colorblind, but it is a definite possibility. My friends consider me “undiagnosed colorblind” and occasionally ask me what color something is. I remember one incident from 8th grade: I was wearing a shirt that I swore was light brown in color, but it was actually gray. After lots of arguing I gave in and admitted that I was probably wrong. To this day I have some problems with grays, browns, blues, and purples. I don’t wear that shirt anymore:P

    Great post! Congratulations on making the Freshly pressed page, too!

  81. When drawing with crayons I always looked at the paper wrapper to see if it really was green and not gray that I had chosen to use. Even though I had used the correct color, sometimes something just didn’t look right.

  82. Sometimes you arrive at adulthood without knowing you are colorblind. My husband used to tell me when I had a color peach or light coral on that it was pink. I would tell him no, it was peach because it had orange in it. This went on for some time before I brought out some of his shirts in the greenish-grey color family and asked him what color they were. He seemed truly shocked when it took about five of us to tell him what color the shirts really were, he didn’t believe just me. He’s older, so evidently they didn’t catch it in school in the “old” days. Great blog!

  83. I have heard about color blindness. I have read about that. I have accepted that as a fact in this world.

    Still I cant believe that there are people who cannot or have hard time distinguishing colors. Really.

    I cant imagine. I guess only those in it really know how it is.

  84. I can’t believe so many people are that insensitive about your condition! But, hey, some people are just afraid because it’s different. Must have been horrible to find out that way at school! Did you know the Jamie Oliver is also color-blind?

    1. I did not know that very interesting…

      Junior High is just brutal socially…maybe that is just how it is supposed to be…hopefully my kids have it a little easier 🙂

  85. I’m about to go to high school, we don’t have junior high in Australia, I’m quite nervous about not fitting in, you know? It’s hard to decide when to refuse to compromise yourself so that you do fit in. I don’t want to forget who i am

    1. Don’t compromise yourself for others…that only leads to some real trouble down the road for you…just be yourself…and stand behind your own principles and the rest will work itself out…I promise…

      1. Thanks for the words of wisdom! And i shall definitely give it my best shot! I’ve always been my own person up until now… i hope that doesn’t change. I have always had too many fierce opinions for me to be anyone else but me!

  86. I’ve noticed that I see some things red when some people say pink. That’s the color I’ve had trouble with the most. Could be me, but it could also be them because I’ve had people agree with me that it is red and not pink.

    it’s interesting how some people see things extremely different than you.

  87. Hi Mike,
    The response to your blogpost is so huge that I really did not spare the time to sit and read what the others had to say, but what I am about to tell you is serious stuff and which can rid you of your problem forever but it requires a certain mindset. Firstly you must believe what I am about to tell you deeply. It must come from deep inside of you….your thinking to be precise. You need to believe that all diseases begin in the mind and nowhere else…that it is possible for you to heal yourself with your thinking and I am not talking some mumbo jumbo here. You need to believe that it was your maker who created you and has the capacity to cure you if you believe so. All you need to do is before going to bed at night tell yourself …You almighty God have created me and you have the power to heal me. I thank you in gratitude and know that I will be healed.
    Repeat this when you get up in the morning too and sincerely believe that you will receive it. If you do this sincerely you will see that you are cured. Keep this in your mind always for the rest of your life and use the knowledge to bless yourself and all those around you. I tell you this from my personal experiences.

  88. Yes.. Junior high can be pretty hard on a child.. It’s sad you had to find out you were colour-blind when you were in class.. So many kids around – most of who do not have an inkling of what the condition is all about.

  89. My brother is color blind and I agree it usually wouldn’t be a disability except in his case it has proved to be – he had always wanted to be a pilot, like my father. There must be a way to get around this now that technology has moved on! He did get punished at school a few times when he colored maps in the wrong color.

  90. Shoo wee- has this been a bit overwhelming for you or what? Congratulations on being freshly pressed! Now you can start the work on a book.
    I thought your post was interesting, coincadentally i am reading a bio at the moment, “Around Madagascar in a kayak”, and he mentioned in teh few pages that i read today that he was colour blind. Very difficult for people to understand what that actually means- and your post was great at that! The aother was specific about the fact that he had not noticed some redness around a wound on his foot, showing that it was now becoming infected.
    Going to take a squizz around.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by…you are right about overwhelming…I never realized how much impact a single post could have…

  91. Haha!! I could have written that myself … (and yes, I only see 25 and 56).

    So do you get the same stupid questions I do, namely:

    “What colour is grass then?” (Well, duh, it’s green! But my green and your green etc. etc.)

    “How do you know what colour the traffic lights are?”

  92. I am severe red/green and I share your pain. I found out I was colorblind my first day of flight training for the Marine Corps, where I was handed a letter of disqualification after a flight physical. They asked me what i saw in the Ishihara test and I said “brown dots,” to which the nurse replied no its a green 35. I’ll never forget

    the pointing and asking what color things are drives me nuts. I just tell them that firetrucks and trees are invisible.

  93. I have the exact kind of color bindness that you have. The most unfortunate thing to me is I have a job that needs to tell if the network deivce is functioning; Geen is good, amber or red is not working. I can’t tell whether they are good or bad by just looking at the led light. I do not understand why people don’t use blue to represent good, so most of the colorblind people can tell which one is bad or good. (I think most of the business don;t care aobut people having colorbind)
    At last, it always make me think what to do if there is a bomb in front of me, and I have to cut the wire between the green, red or brown wire. May be I have too much movie 🙂

    1. It’s okay…admitting it is the first step to the cure…just kidding…glad you can see them all…after all someone has to be able to and make sure they just aren’t a jumble of dots on a page 😀

  94. Ive got a question for you Mike..
    How do you make your blog known to everyone?

    I like this post becuase my teacher is colour blind, to her the grass is seen pink even though she knows its really green..how odd would that be. hahahaha 😀

    1. I don’t really have any easy answers for you there. I submit posts to facebook and twitter…I’ve also gotten lucky a couple of times by being “freshly pressed” by WordPress. I guess the key really is just keep writing…post content as often as you are comfortable with and your blog will pick up a following. I am not a superstar by any means…

      Thanks for the kind words about my post…

  95. Hey Mike,
    can I give you a suggestion on what to write about, because I wouls like someone to wrote about a certain topic and I think you would be a person who can write alot about all sorts of different things. So if your up for suggestions please let me know.

  96. Mike, accidentally I have deleted your comment on my page.

    Can re-comment it there. because that was FIRST comment there, I know its idiot of but please if you can. 😦

    your comment was
    “I read it! I started because of Back of the Packer was inspirational for me. Now I am addicted to the blogging world :)”

  97. I’m a girl and apparently I’m colorblind, but I have problems being diagnosed because I can see some shades of each color but not all. Mostly I mix up purple with gray or blue, or blue with green (I think…), but other shades are obvious. My friends quiz me on colors or tease me about this all the time, which I don’t really mind because they know my problem colors. Others, though…I just don’t tell people anymore. I get the “What color is that?” a lot, and if I happen to be able to see it, they tell me that I’m NOT colorblind. It amuses me. =)

    I discovered that I was colorblind on an early morning bus ride when my friend pulled out a pen and I was examining it. She told me it was purple, and I insisted it was blue. The whole BUS (ninth – twelfth grades) got involved, and apparently I was wrong…it was pretty awkward. When it got light out, I could tell that it was possibly purple-tinted, but the damage was already done. Later I compared the pen to my math book, which was the same color as that darn pen but quite obviously blue. But they claim that it’s purple and that I’m colorblind. I doubt my color abilities now…=/

    But what’s weird is that neither of my parents are colorblind, and I only started having difficulties after a dog bite on my nose… (I think).

    Someone enlighten me please – is this possible? ^^ I’ve been told that I can’t colorblind because neither of my parents are, but…I have color issues anyway! So yeah. Any assistance would be delightful. =)

    And that was a ridiculously long post…oops….=)

    1. Katie, thanks for your response.

      This is beyond the scope of my ability to help. I would suggest talking to your family physician or eye doctor and they may be able to help. Not sure how a dog bite could have anything to do with this as color blindness is typically a genetic condition. I am not an expert, however.

      1. Yeah, I’m not sure either…that’s just when I started noticing that I don’t see the same colors as the people around me…
        But thanks for the advice!

  98. Hi!
    Thanks alot for your Information. I dont see color blindness as a disablity,color blindness people are Special you should be Proud of it , Im so happy that you post your Story because i was doing a research for my school and i found this now i will share your story with my class i hope they understand what color blindness is i know i do understand it . Sarah from Asia, country of Kuwait 🙂

    1. Sarah,

      I am very touched that you found the information useful. I hope your class enjoys the information as well. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  99. Hello again

    My teacher liked it alot and my class enjoyed it even my friends wanted to know more about it
    im glad it was positive =)

  100. Haha your story is sadly and hilariously the same as mine.

    I didn’t find out I was colorblind until the 11TH GRADE, when my friend was studying her psych book next to me, and I just happened to see those colored circles out of the corner my eyes. I was like ‘Why do they just have all those dots jumbled together like that on that page?”

    To which she responded, incredulously, “you cant see the numbers there?!”

    I thought she was pulling my leg, but, sure enough, I was getting EVERY answer wrong, matching the colorblind person’s vision exactly.

    It’s funny, cause for years I had simply thought I’d learned the colors wrong or something. I just looked at the words on colored pencils and markers in order to color things. Crayola saved my life!!!

    Sad thing is, if I had only been diagnosed sooner I would have avoided A LOT of grief. For example, in preschool I remember getting sent to the corner all the time for being a ‘bad kid’ and not completing my workbooks properly. We had color by number shit, and I could never figure them out. I would just color the whole car green and they thought I was rebellious or something, so they’d send me to the corner. I was really shy back then, ironically, and I would NEVER ask for help. And so it went on and on. Eventually I got to where I’d make myself throw up just to get away from them

    *facepalm* pitiful I know, but I got over it fine. I was never so happy to leave that preschool btw lol 😀

    But no one ever tried to figure out what was wrong with me. So for all those years I went mismatching things. I always wanted to paint realistic pictures but I could never do it cause mixing the colors would be a FEAT. All the oranges and greens and reds and browns just mixed together on me. And blues and purples were TERRIBLE as well. I’ve got a ton of funny stories about it too, but it’d take too long to write them all out on here.

    Finally, in my sophomore year of college I went to get tested. I have no choice, because my college professor completely refused to believe me when I told him I couldn’t differentiate the rods and spheres in Microbiology. I was doing horrible in the lab and close to failing. I told him I needed someone to tell me the colors, and he was like “uh no.”

    ‘It’s not cheating you ass!” I wanted to say, “because everyone can see the colors but me!” ugh!

    But I didn’t. Lol. I just went to my optometrist to get proof. Funny this is, I had been seeing this same guy for years. When I approached him about my possible colorblindness, he was like “eh… I doubt it. It’s extremely rare in women you know”, but he went on ahead to give me a very extensive color square test. As soon as he started I blew him away.

    “Oh My Lord, THAT’S WHAT YOU SEE?!?!!? How have you lasted this long?!?!”
    “I don’t knoooooow!” was my sad reply lol

    So he diagnosed me as severely red/green deficient and I shoved that note right up in my professor’s face. lol

    To this day Forest Green is the bane of my existence. The dang color can figure out if its brown or green!

  101. Hi Mike,
    Found out only last week, that I am Deuteranopic (Red-Green Colorblind) – the same condition as yours. I am a marketing professional – and I am amazed that this has never hampered my ability in the last many years in regards to my profession.
    This is a great compilation of resources on Red-Green colorblindness. Thanks to you, it helps “start-up color deficient” persons like me understand the condition better.

    1. Dan…glad it proved helpful.

      In my own line of work of food service where everything is shades of green (where my colorblindness seems to really manifest) I haven’t found it to be a hindrance either…

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

  102. my friend, im only 14 but take my word on this please…. there is nothing wrong with your eyes… your lucky! did you know that people who see all colors has a problem. no joke look it up! im not colorblind but i have visual snow syndrome, an iris nevus, i see spots, floater, sparks, flashes, and the list goes on but you should be happy! that you are colorblind because every person who has normal color vision has some sort of problem thats worst then colorblindness so yeah….

  103. So true… I am color ‘blind’ in a way that is hard to describe. I can see the colors of the rainbow, but some reds I see as oranges, some pinks look like purples, purples are mixed with blues, and reds look like pink. With the last one, I know that pink is red, but they look the SAME to me. Like magenta, it’s pink right? Nope. I’m glad to have read a story on someone else sort of like me 🙂

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