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Top 7 Tips on Dealing with Color Vision Deficiency

By Arlene Evans

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“Innumerable Web sites and charts and graphs used in business are just mush to me,” said Jim Doane. Font colors and background colors make reading impossible for Doane.

He is one of the two in one hundred males (and rare females) who is severely affected by color vision deficiency (CVD) or colorblindness. He, like most people so affected, does see blue and yellow, so he is not “blind” to color.

  1. Many degrees of colorblindness or color vision deficiency exist.

  2. One in 12 males and one in 200 females is affected to some degree by colorblindness.

  3. Color vision deficiency causes various challenges in the affected person's life.

  4. People with colorblineness can see blue and yellow, so are not "blind" to color.

  5. Although so-called red-green colorblindness is the most common type, there are other rare types.

  6. A common confusion among those with color vision deficiency is between blue and purple if red is seen weakly or not at all.

  7. A common confusion is between green and brown or tan, because these colors appear the same to some people.

A former school nurse, Arlene Evans became interested in color vision deficiency (CVD) when she realized how common the disorder is and the challenges people face because of the condition. When she could find no literature for children or teens regarding this disorder, she wrote Seeing Color: It’s My Rainbow, Too for children and Color is in the eye of the Beholder for teens and adults. Her website is:


Article Submitted On: February 11, 2006