9 Things You Never Knew About Being Color Blind
These facts about a very common eye problem may surprise you.
More men than women are color blind
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It’s much more common for men to be color blind than women because the genes responsible are on the X chromosome. In the United States it affects one in every 12 males and less than one in every 200 females. These are secrets your eye doctor won’t tell you.
Color blindness can start at different times in your life
Color blindness can start at birth, develop during childhood, or not appear until adulthood. It is not only passed on through genetics but can also be caused by aging, retina damage, or eye diseases.
There are three types of color blindness
There are different types of color blindness; red-green color blindness, blue-yellow color blindness, and complete color blindness. On the other hand, this is what it’s like to have “super vision” and see almost 100 million colors.
Simple tasks can be tricky if you’re color blind
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Everyday tasks such as checking to see if meat is cooked to the desired color, picking ripe produce, and reading traffic lights can be difficult.
Fathers can’t pass on color blindness to their sons
Only women can carry the gene. If a woman is red-green color blind, all her sons will be too.
Color blind people can depict 80 fewer hues than those who aren’t color blind
The average person can depict 100 hues, or gradients of color. If someone is strongly color blind the can only depict about 20.