Will My Kids Be Color Blind?

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When you think of how a person who is color blind sees the world, what do you imagine? You probably envision their world in black and white or shades of gray. This is actually a common misconception.

Color blindness often means someone cannot distinguish between certain colors, such as blue and yellow, or red and green. In rare cases, a person will be unable to see any color at all. According to Prevent Blindness America, as many as eight percent of men and less than one percent of women have a common form of color blindness.

“Color blindness is most often inherited,” said Arian Fartash, OD. “Color blindness is genetic and mothers are the carriers, whereas their sons will probably be the ones to experience color blindness.”

Watch Dr. Fartash explain how it all breaks down in the latest episode of #AskAnEyeDoc.

If a man is color blind, the chance of his future offspring also being color blind is dependent on if the woman carries the gene.

There are different degrees of color blindness, but most children and adults will learn different cues to help them distinguish colors. Dr. Fartash says it’s important to get an eye exam for your child starting at six months; however, at that age, the child will be too young to determine whether they can or cannot distinguish color.

“But at five years, your child will be able to tell their optometrist if they’re able to see the colors that are being presented to them,” said Dr. Fartash.

If you believe you or your children could be experiencing color blindness, be sure to talk to an eye doctor. Don’t have an eye doctor? Use our Find a Doctor tool for a quick and easy way to locate your nearest VSP network provider.

Disclaimer: Information received through VSP Vision Care’s blog and social media channels are for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

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