Inherited color vision problems
cannot be treated or corrected.
Some acquired color vision
problems can be treated, depending on the cause. For example, if a cataract is
causing a problem with color vision, surgery to remove the cataract may restore
normal color vision.
You can find ways to help make up for a color
vision problem, such as:
- Wearing colored contact lenses. These may help you see differences between colors. But these lenses don't
provide normal color vision and can distort objects.
- Wearing glasses that block glare. People with
color vision problems can see differences between colors better when there is
less glare and brightness.
- Learning to look for cues like brightness or location, rather than colors. For example, you can learn the
order of the three colored lights on a traffic signal.
How can you help a child who has color blindness?
Color vision problems can make learning and reading hard for children, which
can lead to poor schoolwork and low self-esteem.
You can help your
- Making sure your child is tested for color
vision problems during routine eye tests. The sooner you know there is a
problem, the sooner you can help your child. Eye exams should be done at all well-child visits.1
- Telling your child’s
teachers and other school staff about the problem. Suggest seating your child
where there is no glare and using a color of chalk that your child can see.