I received my enchroma CX glasses yesterday.
I have severe red-green colorblindness; always have. I didn’t really know that I was color blind until I failed, in a big way, the colorblindness test to join the military so that I could apply to flight school. This was the dot test that you have to identify the numbers hidden in the dots. Most people can see these numbers, not me. I hardly saw but one or two. Most folks can see ten or more in this test. So, no flight school and I took a different path.
Since that time I’ve taken the dot number test many times and failed it every time. So, I’m colorblind in a big way but I never really understood what that meant. I do now.
My wife got me the CX glasses for my supposed 50th birthday recently, though everybody knows I’m really 34. I was skeptical that I could see colors in the way that others do, and concerned about the cost. Not anymore.
Yesterday I saw the color purple for the first time. I saw orange, and reds, and pinks that I didn’t know existed. I never understood “purple” until yesterday. The concept of “purple” was completely foreign. Continue reading →
This is an official request for videos of anyone wearing EnChroma glasses that wants to tell us what you see. It can be your first time or your 20th time; just let us know what is different about wearing EnChroma glasses. Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first submission is of Owen B. The first sunny day after they received the glasses his mother and father pulled him out of class for an “Optometry” appointment and took him to the botanical gardens. “We told him we were going to the botanical domes and he thought that was his surprise. One thing I did not get on video is the way he choked up when he saw the birds of paradise. He always had liked orange but when he saw the orange of the bird flowers through the glasses he couldn’t believe how beautiful they were.” – Amy D.
Dense depths of shading
Distinguish dimensions of reds
Hidden before in greens and yellows.
What was yellow glows orange;
What was red intensifies and sometimes startles.
Trees and grasses appear dappled with new colors,
Delighting a gardener.
Written by Marilyn W., January 17, 2014
Words cannot describe my gratitude for your work. Recently, my wife emailed you for a pair of glasses and you expedited them to Phoenix for her.
I write to you, sitting on the back porch, wearing them now. After 27 years I am able to differentiate reds, greens, browns, blues, and purples for the first time. Even more amazing, the weather in Phoenix has been very wet, and I saw a rainbow for the first time. I really SAW it. This morning has been amazing and overwhelming. It hit its peak when I was able to look into my wife’s eyes and see the many shades of green and brown – something I cannot think about even now without getting emotional.
Thank you for bringing a new, colorful perspective to life.
Thankfully, Ray D.
The glasses gave me better distinction between green and brown – trees showed up way brighter than they ever have. That was the most significant change that occurred to me when first trying on the glasses. But then, there were subtle changes in the distinctions between red and green. Fall colors on trees became very evident – no wonder people love fall colors so much. Traffic lights also looked a lot more clean – I was able to tell a stark difference between the red and yellow lights, when before I would always view traffic lights just based on the order from top to bottom. -Prashanth V.
“They have had a HUGE positive effect on my son Jason, who is 12, is a strong protanope by your tests. We’ve known about this for a long time – he sees roses as black, for example. He’s been in denial about it, though – he’ll say “I think it’s getting better; I can tell some more colors apart.” That is, until we read the article this summer about your glasses in the NYT. Even reading the article changed the way he looked at his color blindness. I think knowing that a successful person had the same condition as him and that there was at least a partial cure made him more OK with being color blind. He would talk more openly about what he can and can’t see and it did not seem to upset him nearly as much as before. When he tried the glasses, he could really see a difference and he liked it – we’d look at trees and flowers and he saw more colors.” – Brian W.
When I first heard about EnChroma on the web, I was so excited. All my life I had wanted to see like my parents and friends, but never had the chance. Being red/green colorblind, the green light at stoplights looked pale white and many other colors get washed out as well. When I drove out from testing and receiving my pair of glasses, my world turned upside down. Who knew green lights are green!! I’d never seen a green that intense before, and I can’t equate it to anything I’ve seen since. These glasses have made such a huge impact on my life, and I couldn’t be happier with them. Being able to tell between blue & purple, and green & brown… I can’t even describe the feeling. -Harry M.
“Is that… orange? Wow, that must be one of the colors I am not used to seeing. There is just
so much more there.” –Evans Forde, Protan, subject of the film No Such Thing As Color
Everything is just more vivid and more clear. It is like if you take a television and you turn the color knob up and it just all gets brighter…. I’m able to see colors in the way that they should be seen. And I am realizing that the way I have been seeing them is just a more dull and constricted version of color, and now it just exploded.
- Daniel S, Protan
I have now used my EnChroma sunglasses for over a week. Without sounding overly dramatic, my world of enhanced color vision has profoundly changed. Being red/green colorblind, the EnChroma sunglasses allow me to distinguish between a spectrum of colors; red, green & yellow, purple and blue, and green & brown. I never imagined that I would be so incredibly affected by the ability to see distinct vivid colors, once confusing and hard to differentiate. I use the EnChroma sunglasses over my prescription glasses and I have found them to be comfortable and easy to wear. In fact, I soon forget I even have the sunglasses on! I can never express enough how thankful I am to EnChroma for giving me the beautiful and distinct world of color.
Best Regards, Howard K