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Topic # 169854 28-Mar-2015 11:21
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I'm red/green colour blind.

According to this test I have mild deuteranomaly.  (in my case that's consistent with what I know from "proper" testing anyway).

The company linked to above have something to sell me:

Of course, these glasses aren't cheap - and come in three "flavours", full dark tint sunglasses, lighter tint sunglasses which might be ok in bright indoors, and glasses for computer/screen use.  The darkest tint are the most effective - apparently.

The problem I have with this is that I don't see my colour vision deficiency as a causing a particular "problem" which could be "fixed" this way.
I only became aware of it when I was about 20, the rata trees were in flower, people were saying "look at that - wow".  Wow indeed - I knew they were just seeing things. I do have issues with sailing at night, distant green nav lights look white (no problem seeing red), but practically it's not a problem (though it could be in some rare circumstances).  Dark tint "colour corrective" lenses don't seem to be a sensible solution for night navigation. I used to wear strange tie/shirt/suit colour combinations  (not IMO - but most other people disagreed), but SWMBO had that sorted years ago, and she chooses paint/furnishing colours etc.
Traffic lights, electrical cables / colour coded components, normal day to day to day stuff don't cause me any issues at all.

My question is, if you were me, would you give these a try?  It's piqued my interest - even though I don't know what I'm missing, I now feel that as there's a potential "cure" - I should do something.  The makers claim that the glasses can offer a "profound emotional experience".  My parsimonious nature ensures that spending $500 on a pair of sunglasses is already a profound emotional experience. 

The price for one pair will mean paying GST / import fees, and probably return courier fees if I decided to send them back.

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  Reply # 1271509 28-Mar-2015 16:02
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I get the same result, I was diagnosed a long time ago when going for a job which involved GIS false colour imagery.

Honestly the only time it effects me is when reading eye tests, and I have never been able to see the image in those magic eye things.

There is no way that I would spend $500 or even $50 to see colours differently.  

Everyone sees colours differently anyway.

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  Reply # 1271511 28-Mar-2015 16:13
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If I had a spare $500 lying around, which I don't, I'd be keen to try this. I was just wondering a couple of weeks ago whether there was some solution for colour blindness, but I didn't get as far as searching the net...

However I'm mainly concerned that I do have trouble with traffic lights in twilight, unless I can see the position or see them change, it is tricky to tell the difference between orange and green -- even though I don't normally see orange and green as similar. Although this just means that I need to be a bit more aware when the light is fading, it is possible that I could get caught out, for example if the 'green' light I'm approaching suddenly turns red...



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  Reply # 1271533 28-Mar-2015 17:13
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I'd suggest getting the ones that give you most enjoyment and something to compare to the grey market knockoffs which I predict will appear very soon ; ).

In NZ I'm guessing the standard sunglasses unless you plan on visiting museums and art galleries a lot then the next ones down. The last of the three seems intended for electronic displays in mind. Nice website. The Smithsonian has nice background article.

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  Reply # 1272767 29-Mar-2015 11:29
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My son has red/green deficiency.
Not red or green as such, more the mustards, olive greens and so on.

If it was me would I try it? Yes.  If I could walk in and try them on.

Would I pay for them though - based on that price? No.
Why worry? You've lived like that right until now, you see things differently, so what.

In fact watched a doco ages ago now, we all see colour slightly differently.

Take 2 people without colour issues, sure they agree this shade of blue, or green or whatever is X. But doesn't mean they actually see it exactly the same.....

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  Reply # 1275231 1-Apr-2015 13:08
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Saw this video for the same thing. It kind of feels like an old BluBlocker® ad.

Hopefully someone here will buy them and let us know what they're really like! laughing

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  Reply # 1293968 30-Apr-2015 03:36
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I've had a go with these before.

I used to work in a lab with Dr. Bor, a UK Neuroscientist (who is incidentally Colour blind). He brought a few pairs of tinted glasses in once and we all had a go with them.
If my memory serves me correctly, Dan was fairly impressed with the changes when he wore them, but was not impressed by their look.

If your vision is taking a serious toll on the functioning of your daily life, then it might be worth investing in a pair.

The ones we tried were not on the market at the time, so they might not be the same.

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