Facts about colourblindness:
- 8% of Caucasian men are colour blind
- There are 2.7 million colourblind people in Britain
- Red/green colour blindness is the most common
- Colour blindness can be genetic and passed on by parents
- It is something that stays with you lifelong
How many times have you checked a traffic light to see whether to stop or go? Plenty of times right? Now, imagine that same situation from the perspective of a colorblind person who cannot differentiate between red and green. Not so easy now is it?
Many people are under the illusion that colour blindness is not common, and hardly affects anyone. In reality, it is an issue that many people live with. Just because it is something that is hard to understand, people choose to believe that it must be rare. Colour blindness is not very common in women, but Romana Khan is one of the few exceptions, and in the video below she briefly explains how it affects her life. However, colour blindness is a serious matter for many males, and something that can even restrict their employment opportunities. Becoming a police officer, engineer, pilot etc… becomes a much harder task when you are colourblind, due to the jobs need for correct colour identification.
I asked approximately 25-30 people about what they understand by the term colour blindness, and surprisingly, only one person actually had any idea about what it meant. Most people simply shrugged their shoulders and looked blank when they were asked about it.
Graham Hodson, a colour blind gamer from Stockton-on- Tees was frustrated at the lack of consideration video game company’s show towards colourblind people. As a video game fan, the fact that playing Call of Duty was made harder by the use of red and green, prompted him to campaign for more colour blind friendly features to be added to video games. The current colour coded format of Call of Duty mean that it is difficult to see which players are on your team and which ones are on the opposing team.
A surprising fact is that even artistic genius, Van Gogh, might have been colour blind. Kazunori Asada (a Japanese medical scientist and poet) viewed some of Van Gogh’s work through a optical filter which reduced the spectrum of light and colour. He found that it made the paintings look different ad softer. The vibrant colours had transformed into subtle, delicate paint strokes, suggesting that Van Gogh was indeed colourblind, and saw his paintings how they look through the optical filter.
To see how a colourblind person’s view of something differs from someone with normal eyesight, click here
I hope that my video has allowed you to open your eyes to what color blindness actually involves, and made you appreciate the scale of people that suffer from it.