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Color Blindness - Topic Overview

How can you help a child who has color blindness?

Color vision problems may make it harder for children to learn and read, which can lead to poor schoolwork and low self-esteem.

You can help your child these ways.

  • Make 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
  • Tell your child's teachers and other school staff about the problem. This may be helpful. Suggest seating your child where there is no glare and using a color of chalk that your child can see.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 25, 2013
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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