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Colorblind Boy Surprised with Special Glasses, Experiencing Color for 1st Time Leaves Him in Tears

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Okay, Liftable readers, I’m going to make a confession: I’m slightly colorblind. Glance at the dotted image you’ll find a little farther down the page, and let me explain to you what it’s like.

That image shows a blue-green background composed of variously sized dots with a question mark formed out of reddish-orange dots in its center — or at least I think it’s a question mark.

For me, the edges of that piece of punctuation seem to blur, and it takes concerted effort to discern its outline.



My condition is pretty mild, and I’m far from alone. According to MIT Technology Review, one out of every 12 men suffers from some kind of color-vision deficiency.

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But thanks to the Berkeley, California, company EnChroma, those suffering from color blindness can enjoy better sight with a special pair of glasses. And a viral video of one young color-blind boy trying on these glasses for the first time has taken the internet by storm.

The video shows a middle-aged woman handing a young man about 10 years old a box while his father looks on. The boy breaks into a smile and claps his hands over his face when he realizes what’s inside.

“When did you order them?” he asks. His dad responds, “She snuck them in on you, didn’t she?”

The smiles soon turn to tears as he tries them on and stares around them room. His parents begin to bat balloons in primary colors at him, asking him to describe what he sees, and he identifies each one instantly.

“Why don’t you go outside and look?” his mom asks. This boy is far from the only color blind person to have a dramatic reaction after trying on EnChroma’s glasses.



Cayson Irlbeck of Johnston, Iowa, similarly received a pair from his parents and was shocked by the shift in his perceptions. “Everything popped out at me,” he told the Des Moines Register.

“Everything was brighter and more colorful. It was mind-blowing.”

Such glasses won’t fix color blindness. The disorder occurs when color-cone cells in the eye don’t function properly.

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Still, it’s heartwarming to know that those of us with abnormal sight can experience the same world that others enjoy. We, too, can enjoy the gift of new eyes.

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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