Firstly (and I speak for all colourblind people here), DON'T POINT AND ASK US WHAT COLOUR THINGS ARE!! We are not mentally incapable, we are fully aware that the sky is blue and the grass is green. Sometimes describing colours can be difficult or just plain annoying. I don't like it, every other colourblind person I know doesn't like it, so don't do it. Colourblindness doesn't really work like that anyway.
I never knew I was colourblind until I was about 13 years old, however when I was colouring in at school I'd always colour people odd shades of green, or the sky purple and trees red. It looked fine to me so why was everyone complaining?! I avoided colour everywhere I could, I was perfectly happy with everything being black and white. When we had to do a colour coded mind map in high school my soul was filled with dread. Instead of doing what I was told, I simply made a nice black and white plain and simple bullet pointed list. It's how I prefer it and a much easier way for me to learn... Perhaps that's why I can't get off those damn 'list' websites.
So, here's the deal of it. The below picture shows three images, the one on the far left is for normal vision, all you guys and girls that can see just fine. The middle image is for Deuteran colourblindness, which is when the green light is interfered with, and protan is when the red light is interfered with. Don't worry, I'm not going to get into the science side of things. Take a look:
To me the Protan image on the far right looks exactly the same as the one on the far left (the original, normal vision image). So when you look at the Protan picture, you are basically seeing what I see when I look at the Normal picture. Make sense? I hope so.
This picture amazed me, I show everyone I know and they are really astounded by how differently I see things. It also showed me that there is a whole new spectrum of colours out there that I am unable to access. I can't imagine what certain shades look like, I have no idea what 'Magenta' or 'Beige' is, it's like a totally different language to me
So, now you know what I see. Here are some things that absolutely infuriate me.
Don't get me wrong, I love bananas so much. The main issue here is that no matter how ripe they are... THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME! Obviously the blackness is a giveaway that's it's okay to eat. But sometimes the only way to find out is to take a bite and break your teeth on a nice (Green?) unripe banana.
I managed to graduate in a BSc. degree in Geography and Environmental Management. I have no idea how I passed when I had to look at maps, graphs and charts like this all day. I know there are a hundred jokes about colouring in when it comes to geography, but seriously, maps were something that I really struggled with.
Okay, so I am aware that this particular piece of chicken has not been cooked yet. However, telling if meat is totally cooked through is something I struggle with, the white of the meat against the pink of the raw is really difficult. Don't worry though, I've never been ill or made anyone else ill through my cooking. It's just a bit of a bitch sometime as pretty much everything has to be overcooked just to make sure!
5. Other People
I don't hate people. People are lovely. As I mentioned earlier when it comes to colourblindness, regular sighted people don't often understand what it's like. Now I'm not preaching that it's a disability, or that I should be on some kind of benefits for it, it's just often hard to explain what it's like and it can be a struggle in certain situations. Colour is everywhere, to most people colour is easy but just imagine being confused by colours all of the time. It's annoying and stressful.
There are colourblindness correction glasses in production at the moment, this is brand new technology that has had amazing reviews. I'm saving up for a pair now and I can't wait to try it out and see vibrant colour for the first time! You can check out details for the glasses here: http://enchroma.com/
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