The majority of people see color by using the cones in our eyes (to put it simply), and most people have three: red, blue, and green. The combinations and shades of these three cones give us a wide array of colors, and as you can see below, it allows us to have a large spectrum of color to perceive and enjoy. But, while most humans are able to see the 12 colored pencils below, some humans aren’t able to distinguish between certain shades, giving them a much different view. Total color blindness is extremely rare (0.00003% of people in the world), but others types are more common.Deuteronomalia – a condition that affects roughly 4.5% of men is pictured below. While the colors are muted somewhat, most people don’t realize that they have it, as they can still distinguish most colors (having some trouble with blues and purples, or distinguishing reds and oranges).Protanopia, pictured below, is less common, affecting only 1% of men. All shades of green and red are faded while shades of blue and yellow are easily distinguishable. Tritanopia is extremely rare, but affects both women and men when it does. These folks see the world in green and pink tones. But what does this look like in daily life? Take this plate of brightly colored fruits, for example.What about a stoplight? This is the reason that some people aren’t able to drive – being able to distinguish between the STOP and GO lights is imperative.Do you know anyone who may have a type of color blindness? Hopefully, these pictures allowed you to have a better understanding of what color blindness really is!
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