If you’re like many people, you can look around you and instantly know the name of each color you see without exerting too much effort. It’s not as easy for some people, though, who see the world in fewer colors.
Colorblindness affects more men than women, and about one in every 12 men has some form of colorblindness (compared to one in every 200 women), according to Colour Blind Awareness.
The deficiency doesn’t manifest the same for everyone. Some people have it written in their genes, while others experience it as a side effect of other health issues or aging.
Colorblindness can range from a difficulty differentiating between colors or shades or colors to not being able to see any color at all.
In the last few years, EnChroma glasses have become increasingly popular as a way to counteract colorblindness and give users a glimpse into a full-color world.
Because the condition affects more males than females, most of the popular, heartwarming videos of people seeing the world in color for the first time — or the first time in a long time — feature men.
This time, it was a mother named Erika Boozer who got to see her kids in color for the first time in eight years — all thanks to a caring sister who wanted Boozer to be able to see some of her favorite colors in their full glory again.
“I entered a contest and managed to win the glasses,” Erika’s sister, Chasidy Perkins, told the Mirror.
“I was so excited when I did because I knew they would mean so much to Erika, and I was definitely right.”
The video of the mom reacting to colors is beautiful. She is able to distinguish between the bright balloons in front of her, as her children Carmen and Micah sit next to her, wearing sunglasses.
It soon becomes apparent what the sunglasses were for, as Micah removes his and asks “What color is my eyes?” Boozer replies “They’re brown,” and gives him a hug.
Then Carmen takes off her glasses and asks the same question.
“Oh my gosh, they’re beautiful…Blue! Wow!” Boozer says, before wrapping Carmen in a hug.
The miracle of color and getting to see her daughter’s blue eyes was not lost on Boozer, who broke into tears.
“After her being color blind for the last eight years, it was amazing to see Erika picking out greens, blues and yellows again,” Perkins explained.
“We’re a very close family so we all shared her emotions and still cry looking back at the video even now,” she said. “She can dress Carmen now, picking outfits all by herself without any help from anyone else.”
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