Watching the reactions of people seeing color for the first time is a quite emotional experience. Not too often one sees a new technology that truly has the power to change people’s lives in a positive direction.
This is the kind of technology that has an incalculable value for those who benefit from it. It’s like waking up from a dull dream into a stimulating, interesting world; like, after eating flavorless food for years, having the most delicious meal.
Like many other great inventions, the Enchroma glasses were born out of a fortuitous accident. Don McPherson, a doctor in glass science, noticed color transformations while wearing a pair of glasses coated with a lens formula he invented to protect the eyes during laser surgery. Long story short, this lead to research and ultimately to the foundation of Enchroma (in partnership with another scientist called Andrew Schemder) and the development of a consumer product which allows the colorblind to see the world in all its magnificence.
How does it work? In their own words: “Enchroma created a (patent pending) method called ‘multinotch’ filtering, cutting out sharp wavelengths of light to enhance specific colors. Enchroma lenses separate the overlapping red and green cones, helping improve vision for people who have difficulty seeing reds and greens.” I’ll be honest: I don’t know much about the science of perception, but the end point is that this technology works and it’s amazing. These guys have solved an important problem and have made it accessible for the general public.
This is the kind of technology that has an incalculable value for those who benefit from it. It’s like waking up from a dull dream into a stimulating, interesting world; like, after eating flavorless food for years, having the most delicious meal . I don’t say the colorblind suffer, as most don’t even know they are (You can take a color perception test here!), but just like the man who doesn’t know anything but his hometown, one lives without knowing there is more to enjoy. And here comes Enchroma to open these doors that were previously shut by delivering a tool that will allow everybody to enjoy the delights the world is ready to throw at our eyes at every corner.
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