This article’s about to change the way you see the world and maybe even more than the people we’re about to tell you about. According to the Colour Blind Awareness foundation, 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women suffer from color blindness. In an average day humans are normally able to see around a million colors. Although there are different types of colorblindness, those suffering from these conditions typically only see less than half of the normal amount of color.
This is where companies like EnChroma come into play. EnChroma is a glasses company that offer glasses which separate muddled colors using a technique called chromatic contrast enhancement. They were created for surgeons to protect their eyes during laser surgery and help differentiate between blood and tissue, which alone is an amazing feat. The creator of these glasses, Don McPherson, started to wear these glasses on a regular basis as they saturate colors and make things more vivid. It wasn’t until one day in 2005 when his friend who was colorblind borrowed the sunglasses and stated he could see colors he normally couldn’t due to his condition.
This impressive eyewear turned accidental miracle is now being sold to the public and used to help correct colorblindness. These glasses help people on a daily basis see color for the first time in their life we think it’s amazingly beautiful. In an interview with the Smithsonian, McPherson said “It still gives me goosebumps when someone bends down, and sees a flower and asks, ‘Is that lavender?’”
We’re not tearing up, you are.
I don’t know about you but I think this deserves to be up for the Invention of the Century award. So go out and start noticing all the colors in the world, because some people can’t!