mercoledì 23 settembre 2009

What color does it look to you?

1 in 12 people have some sort of color blindness that makes them unable to distinguish certain colors or shades of colors from others. Color blindness is, however, an inaccurate term to describe a lack of perceptual sensitivity to certain colors; a more precise term is: Color Vision Deficiency (CVD). Color blindness is the most commonly used term though it is misleading if taken literally, because colorblind people CAN see colors, albeit they cannot make out the difference between some couples of complementary colors. Color vision deficiency is not related to visual acuity at all and is most commonly due to an inherited condition. Red/Green color vision deficiency is by far the most common form, about 99%, and causes problems in distinguishing reds and greens. There is no treatment for color vision deficiency, nor is it usually the cause of any significant disability.

The most commonly used test to detect color vision deficiencies is the Ishihara Color Test.

Your personal experiences of being a color blind
If you are a color blind person you may want to help us by answering the 2 questions listed below:
1) In your opinion, what bothers colorblind people most?
2) Tell us some annoying questions to ask a colorblind person...

Click on "post a comment" below to post your suggestion(s).

45 commenti:

Unknown ha detto...

The blog title is the question that always exasperates me a little - me: "I'm red/green colour blind", them: "Oh, so what colour does this look then?".

I also wish all clothes labels said what colour the item was (I've unknowingly bought a pink shirt before now, and on a separate occasion a purple sweater that I thought was blue).

Several times a year I have to throw away a banana uneaten because I've bitten into it and it's still completely green. It just looks yellow to me.

The interesting philosophical question that I DON'T get asked is: do things look better to colour blind vision? This is now an interesting question with the news that in future it may be possible to "cure" colour blindness with gene therapy. My initial reaction is that I would love to see the world the same as everyone else. But then I realise the risk: what if, with my unimpaired colour vision I don't like the way the world looks as much as I do now?

Unknown ha detto...

I should add that my standard red/green colour blindness was picked up at school when, aged about 5 I drew a picture of a green dog. The other kids laughed and I had no idea why. I didn't realise I was using green, and had no idea there were no green dogs anyway.

I took to writing the names on my coloured pencils in the future, a practise I continue to use today (again, this would be a useful labelling by the manufacturers if any are listening!).

Does anyone else have the following problem? I find it difficult to remember colour-related information. For example, most people find it easy to remember what colours need to be added together to make another colour. I find this completely impossible, seemingly harder than just remembering the facts by rote. Is this purely psychological or could there be a colour-related part of my brain that is less-well developed?

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Unknown ha detto...

I can answer both questioins with one.... "What color is this?!"

Unknown ha detto...

My name is Melissa, I am a woman, and I am colored blind. The comment/questions that annoy me the most when I tell someone that I am colored blind are: "What? You're colored blind? You're a girl you can't be colored blind".
I think people are either shocked, or think that I would lie about something like this. (Not a huge deal...i'm just saying).

Some of the most interesting things that have happened to me being colored blind are:
1. Coloring christmas trees red until I was seven (I never connected the whole 'evergreen' thing to the color of pine trees).

2. Another thing that always is interesting/scary is when I am going through an intersection while driving, and there is a blinking light. I always wonder- is it red, or is it yellow... and cross my fingers it is yellow. (Usually I stop just incase).

Also I stink at frying hamburger meat, and cooking any type of red meat, and I have a very hard time of spotting mold on very old bread, so if it is older than a week I usually just throw it away.

Well those are some of my experiences! I hope they were entertaining, or at least not boring.

misterbenson ha detto...

I agree totally with "So what colour is this then?"

It's interesting that if I'm describing something it's very rare that I'll use a colour... I'll use shape, texture, light/dark, and other things that other people don't notice...

Oh andanother thing I hate is when shopping if it doesn't say what colour something is on the label having to ask the assistant

Unknown ha detto...

What bugs me about color blindness?

1) Getting dressed. Trying to match shirts and pants. I have dressed in some pretty weird color combinations (so I'm told). I can swear something looks good (to me) and sometimes get annoyed when I'm told that those two things don't go together... I try to remember what color a garment is and what combos go together, but if things get mixed up, I get confused. However, there's always the trusty black and white combinations to fall back on.

2) Driving: I realized some years ago that I judge a traffic signal by it's position, not it's color. In the U.S., the green light is on the bottom, the yellow is in the middle and the red light is on top. When this is not the case, it can be a problem. For example, I've encountered traffic signals turned on the side. This can cause a bit of tension. Once I drove through the intersection and nearly caused a major crash. I was driving at night down a large hill with a stop light at the bottom. My vision locked on a street light that happened to line up with the stop light. The color of the street lamp appeared to be a green light to me. So I drove on and nearly was killed.

3) A good thing: I can compensate using contrast and intensity.

4) Weird: I can distinguish most of the basic colors individually on a white background. Even Brown and Orange. But I can't tell the difference between red and brown side by side. Or blue and purple side by side. A bright fluorescent green shirt looks yellow to me.

5) In primary school I learned to read the color words quickly – after a teacher asked me why I was coloring a picture of myself with green hair. I thought it was brown.

Russ ha detto...

Apparently there are varying degrees of red-green def. I failed the military flight test, but the only time before or after I've ever noticed it is when I dropped an english pea onto tan carpet. It disappeared! On the 8 question dot test, I got 5 of 8, and two others I missed by one digit.
There's not really an annoying question you could ask me about being color deficient.

Russ ha detto...

I think it's kind of funny to call it a disease though?
Ah, maybe one day they'll come up with gene-therapy to correct my color deficiency, regrow hair on my head, and give me a longer erection?! :)

bobc4012 ha detto...

I was tested many years ago and was told I am color blind to 2 shades - red-violet and blue-green. Failure to pass the "book test" kept me out of the Naval Academy (I was an Electronic Tech. and had no trouble with the color codes). I did pass the Farnsworth Lantern test (but not when I took the physical for the Academy - the lantern was placed in front of a window with the bright sun light coming in - plus I had no sleep the night before the test). I own a Ford Taurus, which has the color "Forest Green". It does look more gray to me - except when parked under a tree on a sunny day and then it looks green. I have a pair of 3D glasses (red lens and green lens). When I look at the Ishihara tests, most of the numbers are readable. Years ago, when I took the "book test", I saw numbers, usually just not the same as others saw.

JamesA ha detto...

I am red/green color blind. I cant read score boards at sporting events or some digital type clocks unless it is dark outside(I only see the light not the color). My wife reads the score boards to me until it gets dark. I thought a rainbow was only blue and yellow until I was 30 years old. Everyone just assumed I could see the colors. People use color to identify objects. For example, Look at that green car. It looks brown to me so I dont know what they are refering to. Traffic lights look like white,dark and yellow lights. If the sun is shining on the traffic light from behind me I cant tell which one is lit. I can always see animals first when hunting (before my hunting companions). I dont know if I can see movement better or the animals are not as camoflouged to me. Trees and grass look brown to me when they are green. Maps and diagrams with color coded legends are very difficult if not impossible. Weather radar is hard to read. My wife has to tell me when to water the yard. The grass and trees will be dying and I wont have a clue. I always over cook meat. I can put brown, red and dark green paint on a surface and can not tell them apart. I would like to see a sunset in all its colors. Does anybody else have these same effects?

Unknown ha detto...

I have no problems distinguishing between colours. However,I struggle with the Ishihara colour blindness test -hence I'm colour-blind.
So I think this test is not as accurate as generally accepted!!

Lina ha detto...

Colorblind woman here.

What irks me the most is the ground red meat thing... always have to ask my husband if it is "done". More solid cuts I simply use a meat thermometer.

Also a scientist. Many pieces of equipment have red/green (I think) LED lights that let you know when things are ready... they both look the same to me (kind of yellow-orangeish) and I can only tell the difference if I am staring at them when the color "changes." Other annoying things are maps, such as color-coded maps of rainfall, climate, etc. Also, missing a whole bunch of red items on green trees. Like apples or berries or red birds... have to have someone point them out. This has been dangerous a few times when I have not seen a red car coming at me when there is a green background. Managed to avoid crashes as other vehicle got closer, though. Also, red and green flashing traffic lights really are dangerous... kind of guess and look at other cars for cues.

Oh, someone else mentioned remembering colors. I am very visual and remember things based on the scene "snapshot" in my head. But...If I try to remember whether the Item I saw was red or green.... forget it! Weird, huh?

The most ridiculous questions are from folks who say "Wow you are color blind? What color is THIS....and THIS, and THIS???" and "Well what colors CAN you see?" It is kind of hard to explain what I actually see (many colors completely normally) and that I only have trouble with some. Also, annoying to try to explain why my son will, due to genetics, have no choice but to turn up color blind.

bardock ha detto...

ok so to begin with, bardock isn't my name, its just a screen name and I dont know how to change it.

So the two questions i think annoy me the most is when people say "what color is this?" and hold up like a bright green shirt or such. I say green so then they say "your not colour blind you liar." Also believe it or not, I've gotten asked this after I told someone I was colour blind: "So you only see things in Black and White??"

I also thought I had colour blindness but it was never confirmed until I was about 12, the day I decided to get it checked was when we supposed to draw something black and my whole picture was green.

I agree with Simon for quite a few things, I would also like to know how I would enjoy to see things if I wasn't colour blind. And I have the same problem, the only two colours I am able to remember that make another colour is yellow+blue=green, although, I mainly remember that because after about the 20th time my art teacher yelled that at me and I still got it wrong I was given a detention because she thought I was pulling some sort of practical joke on her. I was in second grade at the time.

zBobo ha detto...

Three things that are annoying:
1.) In the workplace, I'm bothered that people will color code graphs and spreadsheets without ever asking a colorblind person in advance "Can you distinguish these colors?" Many times I get maps or graphs and I'm rendered powerless to have a conversation because they are differentiated solely on colors.

2.) I would like to tie up and torture the idiot who came up with the red/green diode for all those entry card key passes or gates, etc. Where the pissed off at colorblind people when they did that? There's no difference to me. Enter when the diode turns green....yeah right, I just try over and over regardless. Oh and also the diode colors on computers or wireless devices. "Your system is working if the light is amber" Give me a break.

3.) Lastly, "red" edits in Word documents or emails. Can't see 'em! I tell everyone, type it in blue if you want me to see it.

Annoying questions, how about
"Red-Green you can't see red or green?" or
"Do you like my black shirt?" when its white.....I'm colorblind not an idiot!
and lastly, "So how do you see colors diffently?" Like I know what a color normal person sees!! Isn't that why there's tests and websites like these!

Unknown ha detto...

1) I have a gree/red problem and have been at sea a number of times as a crewmember on unlicensed boats. I see the total color spectrum - up close but cannot make out what color a running light is at a distance untill it has come closer and binoculars are used. I am bothered that I will probably never have my own boat to run. I pass the Washington state drivers license color blindness test... I can read traffic signals but not running lights on boats at some distance then.2) People like me are bothered by others whom seem to dosplay a lack of sensitivity to the issue. It IS however a real impediment and as such, the anger I feel is irrational. I am disapppointed when I become angry if people ask me questions like: What color is this? How 'bout this?... while they point to some object.At that point I dont care what color it is.Sorry.

80HD ha detto...

I am supposedly red/green color blind. I can barely see some of the numbers in the Ishihara test that I am not supposed to be able to see... a 97 looks like a 37, etc. On some of the items that I am SUPPOSED to be able to see, I either cannot or I can barely see and get them wrong.

I have absolutely zero practical application issues in life. I had NO idea that I had any kind of deficiency until I took the test when I was enlisting into the deferred enlistment program for the Army when I was 17. All my life I'd wanted to be a pilot, and out of NOWHERE I am limited to desk jobs only. I ended up going into the Marines because they are more lenient on which occupational specialties you can perform with "color blindness".

In the Marines I was denied entry into the infantry MOS I had wanted, 0352, because you have to be able to identify friend from foe. The sick part is that I could identify 90% of the armored vehicles BEFORE I even enlisted. Again, I went through the optics it with some friends who DID make 0352, and ZERO problems.

I guess my main gripe is that we are all lumped into one category. I guess people think all we see looks like newsprint. I just started a new job... been working in this industry for 10 years. I did great work for this company as a consultant, and so they didn't even interview anyone else. I go and take the physical (a week+ after I'd already started) and of course I fail the Ishihara. They are then asking me if I have to work with wires, etc... I said I HOPE I am cleared for work since I have wired thousands of cat-5e/cat-6 cables, punched down entire 66 blocks (the spaghetti mess you see in the phone closet at work) etc etc. I am not going to say I have never messed up ending a cat-5/6 data cable... but NEVER because I mixed up the colors!!

Just ridiculous. I guess the most annoying thing for me is not a question really, but when you get into an argument over color and someone says "well, you ARE color blind" and you have 3 or 4 people who AREN'T "color blind" standing there agreeing with your assessment of what a given color is - a navy blue shirt for example.

Trying to explain what Red/Green color blindness is, let alone deuteranomaly, is always frustrating.

So, sorry for the rant, thanks for reading!!

(I guess perhaps a side benefit is that my eyesight is better than 20/10 - perhaps 20/8... and I can tell the difference between a red and a green on a traffic signal from as far out as I can SEE the signal...)

jay ha detto...

I am red-green CB. Does anyone else get blurred vision when reading red letters on blue backround? Blue on red?

80HD ha detto...


Yes, definitely - but I think that may be a normal "optical illusion" type of thing, where the cones or some other processing area of the eye try to jump back and forth to handle both colors that are far apart on the spectrum give that effect.

My wife is non-color deficient, we at least see the same gradients for the most part, she is trained to know which colors are which and I am not so sometimes it's hard for me to describe what I am seeing in a way that she can understand... she sees the letters swim as well... I am not sure if this is to the same degree as MY perception or your perception of the phenomena - how color R/G deficient are you? - but she definitely sees it... I think I had a book when I was little that displayed that exact thing... red blocks on a blue field and explained the phenomenon, but I can't find anything on-line really.

80HD ha detto...

Also, for those reading this looking for help with color deficiency (Such as passing the Ishihara test) there is a center that guarantees to fix you... and all I can find are positive reviews.

It's, and when I inquired on price, etc the doctor called me himself! He explained the procedure and affirmed something for me that really really helped... as I have said for YEARS, I am not color blind. Never once has my "impairment" impaired me. The only thing I can't do is pass the Ishihara. His words "You aren't color blind, you just can't pass a test". He had a guy from Sweden or Switzerland (Can't remember... I am terrible with those two) who'd been a pilot with a spotless record for 24+ years call needing emergency help... they were switching from an older test to the Ishihara and he couldn't pass it... needless to say after going to this doctor his issue was taken care of.

The price isn't cheap, and he says insurance doesn't cover it, but you get an "as long as it takes" exam...he said its like 4 to 6 hours usually, but sometimes can go up to 12 - I guess it depends on your specific issue - you then get a pair of glasses or contacts, your choice (glasses can be prescription or just color corrective only, no frames) and a cert that you passed the Ishihara... he says most people put the contacts away and just use them when they need to, but some people wear them all the time.

Maybe someday I will do this, just to SEE... you know? See if life looks different with "corrected" color vision... It's always bothered me, and I just need to KNOW.

Anyway, it's damn nice to know that someone cares... it's like the "disability" that is dismissed.

Unknown ha detto...

the hardest part of being partly colorblind for me is that i have trouble with blues greens and yellows... my school colors are green and yellow. i find it hard to read visuals on presentations when people try to be cute and add alot of color because it just confuses me.

some annoying questions are:
so do wear contacts or something to help that?,
so how do you pick out outfits if you dont know if they match?,
and the MOST ANNOYING, and any person with this problem will agree, is... *point at something* what color is that?

dave ha detto...

Certain cards games that use color as a unique feature are frustrating to play (e.g. "set"), so I don't play. The most common question is "what does red look like to you?"

Unknown ha detto...

I think above all the most annoying question a person can ask someone with color vision deficiency is "What color is this?" Because few understand how color vision deficiency works people assume anyone with it see in shades of gray.

Although not as annoying, but frustrating nonetheless, is when people ask "What colors do you see?" We see every color, just not the same way as people with normal color vision.

The most frustrating issue I run into is that hues change depending on the color they're next to. For example, looking at forest green alone looks forest green to me. I can make out the deep green. But forest green next to a lighter blue turns brown, and I don't notice the green so much if at all. If there are too many various hues in one place I get completely confused and the combination actually hurts my eyes. I'm forced to look away.

Fronco ha detto...

Has anyone out there with colour blindness ever looked at Barnett Newman's painting "Voice of Fire"? It has three vertical stripes, the outside ones are both blue, and the inside one is red. If you stare at the painting for a while, the colours should start to appear very intense at the intersecting lines, with flashes of red "fire" shooting up the picture. I would like to know if the effect is similar for colour-blind people.

P.S. Thanks for this blog - whenever I drive in future with my colour blind friend I will know to tell him if it is a red flashing light or not.

zBobo ha detto...

Yes! The effects of the "Voice of Fire" painting are the same for a color blind person. Or at least this "red-green" color blind person

CadetC ha detto...

no real experiences, except for not being able to become a pilot, and it also eliminates close to half of the jobs in many military branches.

an annoying question to be asked is : "what color is this?" to which i reply the correct color and am called a liar. this is very irksome.

Mike Rotella ha detto...

I'm not fully colorblind (I can see most colors but I cannot distinguish between darker reds, blue, purple, and black). Yellow, green, and brown are generally not a problem. There are two things that really annoy me. One is when people ask me "what color is that?" knowing I cannot tell the difference. The second--and this really gets me--is when I'm shopping or trying to match clothes and I end up buying dark purple pants when I wanted black ones, or wearing a purple tie, black shirt, and blue pants making me look like a fool. Luckily I have many good female friends to help me not make mistakes like that!

Jaan Kaplinski ha detto...

The world has become more unfriendly for people with CVD, in my childhood maps were BW with stripes, points etc to make difference, nowadays it's colours everywhere, and it's hard for me to understand maps about temperatures or rise of the ocean in the future. LED-s are a nuisance too: I never know whether the batteries of my camera or my laptop are full or not. No problems with traffic lights, I see yellow and red, but green is for me simply light. I feel the European Commission should do something for us. There are more than 10 million people in the Eu with CVD.

dean ha detto...

I have been told im red/green colour impaired, (news to me). I have gone through life with knowing all the colours of the rainbow, not dull, grey, or another colour. This ishihara test is bollocks as far as im concerned,and after having a full colour vision test come back as slight red green deficant, meaning nothing to me but the company i work for think i cant see the difference between red and green and no matter what i tell them they dont believe me. feel descriminated against

80HD ha detto...

You are absolutely correct that you are being discriminated against, and you probably have a case should you take it to court. If you can prove that you are being discriminated based upon something that does not affect your ability to do your job, there are laws protecting you - in the United States anyway.

Unknown ha detto...

Being asked "What color does this look like to you?" bothers me because when i tell them what i see they tend to reply "Oh my gosh it's not that color its that color!!" and then they laugh! and the only bad thing that has happend while being colour blind is when i bought a brown and white polka dotted ribbon for school when i can only wear black and white polka dotted ribbons to school , and i got in trouble!

Bayzl ha detto...

When a small boy two sisters could always exert power over me by holding up a shirt, saying, "What color is this?" When I'd bungle the answer -- younger than they I wanted their attention so was willing to play their repetitive put-down game -- they'd laugh and laugh, letting me know I wasn't THEIR equal. Often it was the same shirt.

Sixty years later the unfairness of it still rankles. My sisters? They think I make too much of it.

As true for others there's variation in my individual color recognition. The green in green grass, I think, is pretty much the green non-CVD people see. But let the sun disappear, let any color be less than perfectly illuminated, and all bets are off. I'm back to guessing what the color is. Sometimes, speaking of grass, low sun and leaves overhead make it nearly impossible to tell where I've mowed and where I haven't.

But given favorable conditions I too can discriminate between greens surprisingly well. My wife can just barely pick out the shape, but not the color variation, of poison ivy sitting among other plants. I can spot the difference in hues easily. Two points for the CVD ...!

My main gripe parallels that of others: the normal-sighted ignore their color-challenged brethren. Graduates of four-year graphic design schools put out work that 10% of the male population can't see! or can't appreciate or b/c of color just can't "get." How dumb is that? What were their professors thinking?

My second & last gripe goes back to the variation b-e-t-w-e-e-n CVD people. We're treated as tho all of our eyes are the same.

I'm convinced that part of my own CVD isn't rod 'n cone related but is, more accurately, color confusion brought on by a CVD child trying to figure out, often unsuccessfully and under stress, the color world.

If someone had taken the time to teach this and other CVD kindergarteners the limits and especially the non-limits of their particular, individual "color-blindness," I suspect functionally their inability to distinguish colors would've been cut in half.

Thanks for the opportunity to vent. 11March2010

Anonymous ha detto...

I can not tell the difference between the colors green and black sometimes. I am not sure if that is a common color defiency in many or not. Does anyone know people who have that same problem? It's annoying.

Nick Stone ha detto...

I am 14 i have very bad colour blindness and when i was little i drew a picture of the ocean, everyone laughed at my picture i coloured the sea purple the grass red and the sand green. I still cant remember what colour trees are!! Its so annoying and at school i dont have any friends that can help me... When i am forced to tell a teacher i am colour blind all the class thinks that means i see in lack and white and then ask me what colour about 10 things are then i get told by them i am not colourblind because i got them right!!

Unknown ha detto...

same thing happened to me as did Nick above. i have a lot of trouble telling the difference between purple/blue, red/green/brown, and yellow/green.
the most annoying thing about being colourblind is that when people find out they always ask "What colour is this?" sometimes i know what it is, sometimes i don't, and they make fun of me; it could go on for days or weeks at a time before they finally become bored.
another annoring thing is art class.......

Unknown ha detto...

I first found out I was colorblind in an argument when a friend and I were coloring, and I was trying to explain something, maybe why I was choosing to substitute brown(missing) with dark green. I started out with, "Well, you know how red and green are kinda the same color?"
"Uh, no..."
"Well, maybe not the same color, but they're sorta similar?"
And it went downhill from there.

I can still tell the difference between browns, greens, and reds easily, but it is more subtle than for most people. It never has had a significant impact on my life or caused me to be unable to do anything, but it would really suck if it means i can't be a pilot, since I love flying and it is something I really want to do.

One of the most annoying pranks I have had to put up with(though this one is actually pretty funny)
was in high school when a friend and I were learning computer animation. He showed me a picture of Mars and asked what color it was. Of course, I rolled my eyes and said it was orange. He claimed it was green, and so we got someone else and asked them. Before long we had a (small) room full of people telling me the picture of mars was green. Squinting at the picture, I couldn't get it to change to green, which I can often do with a color I am trying to verify if my first guess is wrong. So I was pretty sure it was orange both from being mars and from what my eyes were seeing. I thought there was probably a conspiracy, but he said later that he had photoshopped a picture of Mars by keeping the same saturation and brightness and changing the hue from reds to greens. I am not sure to this day if it was a conspiracy or really was photoshop, since I just couldn't make it look green no matter how I looked at it.

Unknown ha detto...

What bothers me the most about being color blind is that the world is highly dependent on color as an identifier. I simply don't look at color when trying to remember things and it's frustrating when that seems to be the only thing people remember about it. Like, "remember that green car?" No, I don't remember a green car. First it probably didn't look green to me and second the color is not something I remember about it.

I get annoyed trying to read maps of bus or trolley routes that are color coded and I usually have to ask someone. What's wrong with putting shape on there and calling it the triangle route instead of the teal route? I have to tell by the firmness of meat when i press on it to see if it's done. I always have to ask my wife if a shirt is blue or purple. I get incredibly frustrated when buying spray paint and the color isn't written on the can and you're supposed to be able to tell by the cap color. I hate it when the few times I refer to somethings color no one knows what I'm talking about. I've had the "there is no green blanket" argument with my wife to many times.

By far the most annoying question you can ask someone that is color blind is "What color is this?"

Danny ha detto...

1) Something that really bothers me is matching clothing. I am never sure about blues and purples, and I get brown and green mixed up sometimes, especially if it's a dark green or light brown.

I have a favorite shirt that I have had for a while now and I can't remember if it's green or brown. I have to keep asking my sisters what color it is. I insist is looks green, but it's actually brown.

I can do well with the bright primary colors, but when you start getting all different sorts of shades and mixes, all bets are off.

I also agree with the other person who says that the green light on a traffic light looks like a regular light... there really isn't anything green about it.

I also HATE color-coded graphs. They use so many shades of color that are similar to each other that I can't gleam any useful information at all!

2) The most annoying question is definitely, "What color is this?" When I tell someone I'm "colorblind" and they ask me that question, most times I can correctly identify the color. Then they get a disappointed look and say something like, "Oh! But you can see colors!"

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Unknown ha detto...

My color blindness is limited to certain shades of red. The only time I have trouble telling what a color is, is certain purples look like dark blue to me. Also Red text on a Blue background trips me out. The text almost stands off the screen in 3D with almost white streaks coming off the text. I hate Navy blue, I'll buy a pair of "black" pants only to get them home and look at them in the non-florescent light and say "oh no! not again!"

And I have to agree with everyone, when people find out and ask "what color is that?" very annoying!

I don't have trouble with banana's and grilling meat is no problem.

I just wonder if part of the problem is my brain just not wanting to determine colors. A woman would say oh that color is "pumpkin" I say "no, it's Orange" ya know?

Unknown ha detto...

1) In your opinion, what bothers colorblind people most?

Ans) I guess it would be when I have to do things that involve colors that I can't see the difference in them. Ex: Playing certain games and they ask "Pick the blue one or the purple one" and I don't know which is which or when I'm in school and there's a question on a test that involves colors and then I get it wrong 'cause I couldn't see it.

2) Tell us some annoying questions to ask a colorblind person...

Ans) The thing that is most annoying and that people ask me right after I tell them I'm colorblind is "What color is this" or "What color is my shirt or pants".

Unknown ha detto...

When I first mentioned that I was color blind at school, I got the usual "What color is this?" responses. But one conversation I had just showed how ignorant people can be on the subject.

A guy took a blank sheet of paper, and used a colored pencil to write "You can't read this, can you? You suck." I called him on it, and he replied, "What the heck? You lied! You aren't color blind!"
I told him that just because he used a green pencil didn't mean I couldn't see it. His response; "Man, this is red. You aren't color blind, you're just stupid!"

Wow. Even more amazing, he convinced most of the kids who knew better that he was right.

OKL ha detto...

- I can only see 3 colors in the rainbow; blue, yellow and i don't know what the 3rd is... brown? greed? red? lol

- yes, the LED lights confuses me if there is no sound or change of light positions

- after friends learn that im color blind; they start pointing at things and asking me what color it is lol... but i'm okay with it, they just wanna have some fun.

- picking shirts; no idea what color that is sometimes, so my clothes are normally pretty distinguishable... and i buy clothes faster than most people heheh

- color coded stuff; like train/bus routes, color coded circles for penalty shootouts instead of O or X... i have to really squint to see the color difference, which i dont know if im just kidding myself lol.... but these days i learn to adjust by taking the context into account.

- shirts again; i often wear clothes until they are 'discolored', but i never really see them as that lol

im still not sure if i really do see better than others at night; there were a few times that i thought- well, this is a nice substitution for mild color deficiency... though im pretty sure i do not have perfect nightvision heh

BJ ha detto...

well I work a $100,000 tester for cable modems. I hook up the modem Rf (cable) power Ethernet and 2 phone cords. green dot is a pass and red is a fail easy.I test 40 modems at a time well the first few times was went fine but then the pass rate was about 98%. My boss would get complaints about bad modems going to the field. so we changed the connectors on my phone and Ethernet cords. well the same bad modems going out. So we bring the support team for our tester to find my cords are wrong. my brown and green are crossed. on top of that I was passing red dot modems. so now we buy cords and I have a P and F. very expensive way to find my problem had gotten worse. Life goes on I still have my job 15 years later. and I over see the whole testing operation. but don't ask what cooler something is. Now it browns green red blue purple orange and yellow. Is it normal fro it to get worse with age? and yes people like to let me no when i don't match. I just dont care any more my 15 year old twin daughters dress me when we go out. my wife gave up I get mad when she tells me i dont match. oh well

Rod ha detto...

Hi, I'm Rod from Portugal and I suffer from deuteranopia (dichromatic - green blindness). There are three main issues related to being CB that really get me into a spitting fire rampage:

1) Professional Limitations:

I inlisted in several military academys, to train as an officer, and i was told: "you are severely colorblind, maybe you should inlist as a grunt?..."
Yeah, well.. No thanks. If Im not officer material because I can't match socks, then keep it.

2) Color-coded Society:

As mencioned before, subway stations and graphs are near to impossible for me to decypher. Is it to much to ask to add a symbol to the damn colors? Its not exactly rocket science.. Just add a symbol, and everyone's happy.
And everyone seems to be color dependant these days, even my friends, (who eventually found out I was CB.. can't hide forever..) they often forget it and say: "do you see that man in a pink sweater next to the green car?" ...come on! Why not: "the skinny man near the huge van"... Well i know it's no one's problem that Im CB, but it just pisses me off.

3) This is the one that I hate and despise the most: IGNORANCE

First of all, before trying to be funny, get some info on the subject, else, you'll be the jackass. No, I don't perceive my world as an old B/W movie, and no.. I dont think yellow is blue... And for all of you CB's who are sick of the "What color is this?" question from all those detestable smart mouths out there, ask back: "What color is my middle finger?" ...It seems to work with me.

Sorry if I sound a little extremist, I don't mind people who are curious about it, but for the most part, we're just a new form of entertainment.