Is broccoli not brown?

Living with colour-blindness

The term ‘color blind’ is a misnomer. The person can see color like you and me, but they find it difficult to distinguish apart certain shades of colors.

That being said, here is how the life of a colour-blind person differs from the rest of the world -

  • They cannot determine if a person is “available” (shown by a green circle against their name) or “busy” (yellow circle beside name) in a chat room.
  • They will be shocked if you tell them broccoli is green — for they have spent their entires lives believing it to be brown.
  • Bar charts and pie charts make little sense to them, for they find it difficult to discern all shades with ease.

This article is based on the experiences of a very close friend who has red-green colour-blindness or deuteranopia. It is important to remember that there are different types of colour-blindness known to man, and the symptoms of all vary somewhat.

The Ishihara charts are usually excellent ways to test colour-blindness. A person with normal vision can see numbers in those circles, colour-blind people mostly can’t.

Footnotes

[1] Living with Colour Vision Deficiency

[2] Ishihara Color Test

3x Author, Engineer, 2x Quora Top Writer. Find my videos on YouTube and Instagram. Open to gigs: anangsha@pm.me | Newsletter: anangsha.substack.com

3x Author, Engineer, 2x Quora Top Writer. Find my videos on YouTube and Instagram. Open to gigs: anangsha@pm.me | Newsletter: anangsha.substack.com