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Eye Health and Color Blindness

What Causes Color Blindness?

Color blindness is a genetic condition that only rarely occurs in women, but affects about one out of every 10 men to some degree. When someone is colorblind, it is usually because their eyes do not make all the pigments needed for color vision.

Does Color Blindness Cause Other Health Problems?

The kind of color blindness that is present at birth does not lead to additional vision loss or total blindness. Most people that are color blind can lead very normal and complete lives. A few occupations such as being a commercial pilot require normal color vision.

If you think you have a problem with color vision, you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor right away. The doctor will be able to tell you whether you are seeing colors properly and what to do if you are not.

 

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Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on September 09, 2012

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