For those who grew up in living color, the world is paradise. The reds and yellows and blues and greens and violets and the colors of rainbow in between is just divine. Sometime we tend to take this blessing of sight for granted.
Distinguishing colors apart from each other or blending them together makes for a perfect attire on a Monday morning, or an artwork worthy of an exhibit. Colors when blended rightly or put beside each other to complement each other is s sight to behold.
But not everyone is given the gift to appreciate colors in all its splendor. There are those who has to struggle everyday of their lives just to be able to guess if they are seeing the correct color or not. Cayson Irlbeck was one of those. Cayson was born colorblind.
Wikepedia sums up colorblindness as
‘the decreased ability to see color or differences in color. Color blindness can make some educational activities difficult. Buying fruit, picking clothing, and reading traffic lights can be more challenging, for example. Problems, however, are generally minor and most people adapt. People with total color blindness, however, may also have decreased visual acuity and be uncomfortable in bright environments.
The most common cause of color blindness is an inherited fault in the development of one or more of the three sets of color sensing cones in the eye. Males are more likely to be color blind than females, as the genes responsible for the most common forms of color blindness are on the X chromosome. As females have two X chromosomes, a defect in one is typically compensated for by the other, while males only have one X chromosome. Color blindness can also result from physical or chemical damage to the eye, optic nerve, or parts of the brain. Diagnosis is typically with the Ishihara color test; however a number of other testing methods also exist.
There is no cure for color blindness. Diagnosis may allow a person’s teacher to change their method of teaching to accommodate the decreased ability to recognize colors. Special lenses may help people with red–green color blindness when under bright conditions. There are also mobile apps that can help people identify colors.
Red–green color blindness is the most common form, followed by blue–yellow color blindness and total color blindness. Red–green color blindness affects up to 8% of males and 0.5% of females of Northern European descent. The ability to see color also decreases in old age. Being color blind may make people ineligible for certain jobs in certain countries. This may include pilot, train driver, and armed forces. The effect of color blindness on artistic ability, however, is controversial. The ability to draw appears to be unchanged, and a number of famous artists are believed to have been color blind.‘
Cayson has little or no hope of recovery form his predicament. So his parents thought of ways to ease the burden. They gave him a gift of an Enchroma pair of glasses worth $300. These are correcting glasses developed by a Berkely, California based manufacturer. And ease Cayson’s burden, it did!
An uploaded video dated March 2, 2017 showed how Cayson’s world became more colorful and bright. The all-black glasses worked its magic the minute Cayson put them on. Aaron Irlbeck, Cayson’s dad, cannot contain his happiness as he saw his son with a big grin on his face. Tears of delight and gratitude streamed down father and son’s faces as they hugged each other. It shows the depth of a parent’s love for their child. How the impossible is made possible even in an artificial kind of way. As the saying goes, ‘If there is a will , there is a way.’
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