Where I see blue, do others see purple?

When I was a kid, I used to wonder if I saw the world a little differently from everyone else.

Where I see blue, do others see purple? If I stepped into someone else’s body, would the sky look green and the grass look red? I often wondered what it would be like to see extra colours, or to not see colour at all.

I had a friend growing up who was colour blind – he genuinely did see the world differently. He saw browns and blues where I saw reds, greens and pinks.


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To my young mind, I couldn’t imagine a world without a full spectrum of colour, but there wasn’t much he could do about it; it was just how his world looked, and he was used to it.

Colour blindness is said to affect 8 per cent of men and 0.5 per cent of women. While it’s not a serious ailment, that does amount to a lot of people who can’t quite see how beautiful – and vibrant – our world is.

Until the launch of the EnChroma CX lens, that is.

In an example of technology doing all the right things for the world, EnChroma have developed a lens that differentiates colours more fully so that those with colour blindness can see all the colours available for the first time.

For my friend, it would be like suddenly stepping onto a different planet, where everything is bright, mutli-layered and incredibly vivid.

The glasses have been available for a little while, so videos of awe-struck people experiencing colour for the first time are beginning to pop up all over YouTube.

I have to admit, when I watch a grown man freak out over the colour purple, or see a dad cry when he sees his kids’ eyes for the first time, I can’t help but get a little misty-eyed.

Surprisingly, they’re not all that expensive, given the impact they can have; the cheapest glasses, frames included, are priced from around $330, which isn’t all that much more than regular spectacles.

Judging by the heart-warming reactions of those who are really seeing the world for the first time, it seems to be a small price to pay.

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