New sunglasses help colourblind people experience a more colourful world

Yaara Lancet
12 November, 2012
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Do you know anyone who’s colourblind? Or maybe you’re colourblind yourself? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you probably know that colour vision deficiency is not the end of the world. You can’t tell apart some colours, and your general colour spectrum is somewhat smaller than others, but did you ever consider buying a pair of glasses to fix it? Apparently, now you can.

The EnChroma sunglasses are designed to enhance colour vision for both the colour-vision deficient and for people with normal colour vision. They come in four different models: The EnChroma Cx-D and Cx-PT are designed for colourblind people who have the two most common forms of colour-vision deficiency, the Cx-NRG is a general colour enhancer for anyone, and the Cx-UV450 also contains comprehensive protection from UV rays.

“After more than 10 years of R&D in the color vision field and from my direct experience of working with color vision deficient (CVD) patients, it is apparent that CVD affects many areas of their lives”, says Dr. Don McPherson, VP of Products for EnChroma, in a press release. “Being present when a CVD person tries our glasses and sees colors in a way that they never have before has given me a sense of great accomplishment.”

In short, putting on a pair of these glasses should change the way you see colours of they work as advertised. If you’re colourblind, it should restore at least some of that colour intensity you’ve been missing, and the ability to differentiate between those confusing green, red, orange, brown, pink, and light blue colours.

The EnChroma sunglasses have a special coating that selectively filters the light to take out only the specific shades that are responsible for colour confusion. Even if you’re not colourblind, seeing the world in more vivid colours could sure be nice.

There’s one catch: If you want a pair, you can preorder them for US$400 if you’re not colourblind, and for US$600 if you are colourblind. The first pairs will ship on November 19. If you’re still interested, you should also know that EnChroma glasses come in two stylish frames, the cool Explorer and the sophisticated Gamma. So you can look that much cooler when seeing your colours.

Can’t decide which one you need? The EnChroma product selection wizard includes a colour-vision test that can help you determine which type of colour-vision deficiency you have, if any. Too bad it can’t help you choose the right colour for your frame!


2 people were compelled to have their say. We encourage you to do the same..

  1. Lynden says:

    Is there anywhere in the Northern Territory or in Australia where I can try them?

  2. Macworld Australia Staff says:

    No idea – sorry. Best bet would be to contact the manufacturers for local distributors

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