There are useful products to help colorblind people to use colors correctly. It's necessary that all the people with color deficiency know about these products and start to use some of them.
Most Common Problems for Colorblind people
Can't tell how ripe fruits are.
Having trouble telling if food is cooked thoroughly enough.
Green crayons look red, and vice versa.
Matching outfits or seeing the color of clothes
Can't tell what color people's eyes are.
Can't see the colors of the rainbow
The colors on the whiteboard look only black.
Cannot design environment: home/office
Show lack of confidence when it comes to color related decisions
Struggle with projects related to colors
If you are new to color blindness at first you should learn about different types of color blindness.
Colorblind people use some tricks in any situation related to colors to handle the situation. One of the most common tricks that we all use is memorizing the color of everything eg; blueberry is not blue, it is purple, cucumber is green color, leaves are green, and trunk tree is brown.
In some situations like shopping, it's hard to guess the colors because usually yellow shorts could be light green, or a pair of brown shoes could be dark red. As result, most people with color deficiency struggle with shopping and usually wearing a few colors such as; black, gray, white, and blue.
1. Use Mobile Applications Designed for Colorblind People to Help You Identify Colors
You can take a picture of anything you want and by pointing to the items in the image the app will tell you the color.
Here are our favorites - Color Grab, Color Picker & Color Detector
(look for them in your app store & play store).
If you care about your appearance and you are aware of the impact of it, there is a very simple tool that can help you a lot besides using mobile applications.
2. Color Wheel & Theory of Colors
What colors go well together?
We can only answer this question by using the color wheel and learning about color theory. Don't panic! it's not hard and I guarantee you can use it and then you will see how this simple tool can help you to use colors easily.
The color wheel displays the relationships between the colors, which is color theory. for example with this tool you can understand yellow and purple are matching with each other, Red and green goes well together, that's why we see them so much at Christmas, blue and orange are another match.
To learn more about color combination and shopping you can read this article Choosing Clothes For Colorblind People and watch this video. This video is part of the online courses for colorblind people provided by COLORWILL.
3. Colorblind Glasses
Colorblind glasses like EnChroma & Pilestone can help a colorblind person to distinguish between colors like purple and blue, or brown and green color. Colorblind glasses for color-blind people may improve the wearers ability to perceive color contrast, vibrancy, and depth. These glasses are made with certain minerals to absorb and filter out some of the wavelengths between green and red that could confuse the brain.
Colorblindness-correcting glasses will not change color perception for people whose deficiency is caused by a complete absence of red or green photoreceptors. And the positive effects of the glasses last only as long as they are being worn. The glasses don't in any way modify a person's photoreceptors, optic nerves, or visual cortex to fix colorblindness. 1
Again, this is not a cure, and results do vary. Color perception is often different for each person so everyone’s experience will not be the same. There are so many people that colorblind glasses didn't work for them at all.
If you are thinking about buying colorblind glasses for yourself, your child, or give them as a gift to someone, read 5 Tips Before Buying Colorblind Glasses to make sure it is a good idea or not.
4. Use Color Names Stickers
It's very difficult to find products to help colorblind people to use colors correctly. Color-names stickers are one of the most useful products that I found could have a big impact on colorblind people's life.
Labeling colors is one of the most common strategies that can help colorblind people at school or at work. It can help them never miss important information and fully understand the subject. For example, teachers can use labels for charts and graphs or using colored names stickers for colored pencils/markers for drawing.
Color names stickers are not just for children, so many colorblind artists, painters, and designers use these stickers to prevent mistakes in their works.
5. Use Colorblind Mode Option
You can use Color Filters on your specific device to help you differentiate between colors.
You can find more information below:
Apple Devices: Tap for more info!
Android Devices: Tap for more info!
Windows 10: Tap for more info!
Mac: Tap for more info!
The good news is that many video games companies started to add a colorblind mode option in their video game.
In addition to the UI Colorblind Mode option, you can now select and customize one of three different colorblind filters. To activate colorblind mode:
While in-game, select Game Menu or press Escape.
If you are a colorblind artist or designer, and you wish to apply more colors to your projects, start your dream career, or become an expert in your field read more in How to Become A Successful Colorblind Designer Without Being Able To See Colors?
For parents with a colorblind child, there is a good article to read: How Can I Help My Child With Color Blindness?
Are there currently any treatments for color-blindness?
There are no preventative treatments as it's genetic. However colored filters, spectacles, and contact lenses have been introduced that can alter someone's color perception.
Color blindness affects so many aspects of our life. You can learn some tips & tricks at this online training course designed for colorblind people. Click on the links below:
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