Have you ever thought about how our eyes see colour? Every kid has asked why the sky is blue, but how long has it been since you have thought about it too? It all has to do with the wavelengths of visible light and how our eyes receive this information.
Without getting too much into the physics of it all, let’s discuss the physiology of our eyes.
Everything about our eyes is designed to focus light and interpret and transmit it as information to the brain:
Also known as colour blindness, colour deficiency occurs when there’s an imbalance in the types of cones in the retina. It is usually inherited but can also occur after trauma, as a side effect of medication, or from certain diseases.
There are 3 types of colour deficiency:
There’s no cure for colour deficiency. If discovered early, children can learn to tell the colours apart and proper colour naming. There are special eyeglasses, contact lenses, and filters that can help those with colour deficiency distinguish colours.
If you have questions about your colour vision or suspect your child may have a colour deficiency, please call our office and book an appointment. We would be happy to check for you!