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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 child by:

  • 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.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 14, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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