Watching Colorblind People See Color For The First Time Is All Rainbows

“In the end, the experience of color is so private that you don’t really know how to explain it."

Can you point out the green balloon?


People who can immediately spot the correct balloon might not think much of their ability to distinguish the differences between colors. 

But a documentary called "Color For the Colorblind" by paint company Valspar Paint, reminds us not to take this ability for granted. 

According to the documentary, approximately 300 million people in the world are colorblind, or color deficient, meaning they can only see a certain range of colors. 

Colorblindness is hereditary and most commonly manifests in males.

"There's nothing wrong with the wiring," explains Dr. Donald McPherson in the "Color For the Colorblind" documentary. "The problem exists in the eye, with the color pigments." 

That's why some people with these visual issues feel as though they are not having a full experience of the world.

That's why Valspar Color partnered with EnChroma, a California-based company that makes special eyewear for people who are colorblind. 

According to EnChroma's website, the innovative product helps people see colors they otherwise cannot by employing color vision science and optical technology that make colors appear more vibrant and saturated.

"Experiences like a rainbow, or a sunset, seen for the first time with EnChroma, are magically transformed beyond any rational description," it states on the website. 

Together with EnChroma, Valspar began the #ColorForAll Project with the mission to "bring color to those who don't have it, and to remind those who do, to appreciate it." 

Their short documentary "Color for the Colorblind" certainly accomplishes this mission. 

Because when people with colorblindness put on EnChroma's special glasses, something amazing happens — they can see in a way they never could before.

See their reactions to experiencing color for the very first time. You might get a little misty-eyed.

"In the end, the experience of color is so private that you don't really know how to explain it," says one of the participants in the video. 

"I never really thought about my colorblindness that much. It was just something that I have that i dealt with, and that wasn't really a big deal to me," says another. "But color is an amazing experience that I think people probably take for granted." 

(H/T: Reddit

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