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Colour blindness

eye; vision; blind; colour; color; Ishihara; blindness;

The words 'colour blindness' are misleading. People who cannot see all colours are not 'blind' - they can see things as clearly as people who are not 'colour blind'. Colour blindness means that a person cannot 'see' some colours, or sees them differently from other people. Very few people who are colour blind are 'blind' to all colours. The usual colours which they see differently are greens, yellows, oranges and reds.

It can be worth knowing if a child is colour blind because he may have difficulty at school, especially in the early years when many activities use colours, such as drawing and sorting blocks. Using a computer can be a problem too for someone who is colour blind.

More information

Better Health Channel (Victorian Government) 

The Colour Blind Awareness and Support Group (Australia)
- email: colourblind@optusnet.com.au 
- web site: www.members.optusnet.com.au/~doverton

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