In life, there are so many things that we take for granted – little things, every day. Take for instance the ability to see the colors of a sunset. That is one of those little things that we often don’t consider. Now imagine that you are color blind and have never seen the amazing array of colors that comes with a sunset? That is a reality for many people all over the world. Well, it WAS a reality, thanks to the EnCHroma glasses.
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According to the EnChroma Website, “EnChroma lenses look like ordinary tinted lenses, but when you look through them something amazing happens: your experience of color vision is fundamentally transformed. Colors appear more vibrant, saturated, full, and yet without compromising the accuracy or color balance of the scene. Colorful objects, such as flowers, colorful paint and fabrics, food, and traffic signs suddenly “pop” with a heightened purity and intensity. Experiences like a rainbow or a sunset, seen for the first time with EnChroma, are magically transformed beyond any rational description.”
Color blindness occurs when the light receptor cone cells in your eyes experience an overlap. As EnChroma explains, “Normally there are three distinct classes of cone cells: one class absorbs mainly red light (called the L-cones), another absorbs mainly green light (the M-cones), and another absorbs blue light (S-cones). But, in a person with red-green color blindness, one of those is anomalous. For example, the L-cone absorbs too much of the green light (a condition called a PROTAN deficiency), or the M-cone absorbs too much of the red light (DEUTAN “doo-tan” deficiency).”
Enchroma lenses work like a liter to correct the overlap, allowing people with red-green color blindness to see colors with astounding new clarity. Take for instance Emily Murray, who bought her father a pair of the glasses. Watch his reaction as he tried them on for the first time, and see how amazing something as common as a sunset can be to someone who has never seen one with the same clarity we often take for granted: