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Rods, Cones, and No-Parking Zones – The Plight of the Colorblind

Rods, Cones, and No-Parking Zones – The Plight of the Colorblind


Color blindness can be a nuisance. Sometimes it’s funny to describe to people, and sometimes it’s a downright pain in the butt to deal with. If you’ve made it to this website and are not sure whether you suffer from color blindness or vision deficiency or whatever, then you should probably stop reading and contact an ophthalmologist or any eye care physician for a color blindness test.

…This is for those of us who are already pretty sure we’re color blind and get to deal with it all day long. There are a number of color blindness tests out there to help us determine our type and level of color vision deficiency—there is a whole rainbow, including red-green color blindness and blue-yellow color blindness… There is also achromatopsia, which is the complete lack of color vision (so much for the rainbow metaphor). But while being fun to take online, it’s best to have any real color blindness test administered by a doctor, since your monitor could very well be as bad with color as your own peepers.

Here are Some Common Colorblind Tests:

Colorblind Test Colorblind Test

I'm sure you've all seen these tests before, hence the "common," but have you checked out the anti-color blindness test? It’s way cool. Apparently only colorblind individuals can see the images! Yeah, that’s right, I’m talking to you: the nearly one in ten men and the rare woman out there who occasionally dresses "wrong" without a clue. This made me feel special since it meant I could finally see something that all the color vision-gifted could not. Sweet.

Anti-color Blindness Test Anti-color Blindness Test

I suppose I could be wrong, as I’ve learned to continually question my color perception. I’m red-green color blind, but people with perfect vision may very well be able to distinguish the symbols in the images just as well as I can. Still, it won’t change the fact that I felt a few minutes of what it’s like to pass one of these damned tests. If you’re a color-sighted person and you can’t see the ‘6’ or the circle in the middle of the squares, then maybe this test does work. That or the test is bunk, everyone can see the ‘6’ and the circle, and you’re color blind just like me but never knew it. Sorry pal, but we all have to find out sometime.

I also like the test because the guy uses the term "robustly diagnostic" in the first paragraph of his article, which takes more courage than I have as a writer. Read his article, but come back here when you’re done; as you can see, I’m not quite finished.

… They probably won’t come back.

His story is slightly more scientific than mine, but I’m really just writing from the standpoint of someone who is color blind. I’ve yet to conduct any studies or attend medical school. My article may stand as slightly informal but it keeps with the tradition and credo of DocShop: the best medical advice you can get is from a doctor, and if you don’t have one, DocShop can help you find one.

To date, there is no cure for color blindness. Generally, when it comes to the most common forms of color blindness, people are able to compensate for the deficiency by "learning" their way around it. So I’ll stay color blind, manage the stellar writing department here at DocShop, continue to park illegally at "brown" curbs in the city, and undercook my steaks. I take solace in knowing I’ve learned a lot about color. Despite my vision deficiency, I think I've come a long way—after all, I used to color my barns dark green and my pine trees brown.

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