Acquired color blindness develops later in life and can affect men and women equally. Diseases that damage the optic nerve or the retina of the eye can cause acquired color blindness. For that reason, you should alert your doctor if your color vision changes.
Can you develop colorblindness?
Color blindness is commonly known as a genetically inherited deficiency. However, chronic illness, severe accidents, medications, and contact with chemicals are all additional ways you can become color blind.
What causes you to be color blind?
Color blindness is a genetic condition caused by a difference in how one or more of the light-sensitive cells found in the retina of the eye respond to certain colors. These cells, called cones, sense wavelengths of light, and enable the retina to distinguish between colors.
What happens if Im color blind?
Rod monochromacy: Also known as achromatopsia, its the most severe form of color blindness. None of your cone cells have photopigments that work. As a result, the world appears to you in black, white, and gray. Bright light may hurt your eyes, and you may have uncontrollable eye movement (nystagmus).
At what age can you detect color blindness?
By age 5 children with normal colour vision will be able to identify all of the groups of colours in a couple of seconds, but a colour blind child may also appear to be able to do this.