Accidental discovery results in 'miracle glasses' for the color deficient

- A new kind of glasses is letting color deficient people see the world in ways they never could before. 

Many have documented friends, family or themselves trying Enchroma glasses for the first time, giving the world some perspective on how colorblindness affects lives. 

Some of these touching videos are available on Enchroma's Youtube page

Valrico resident Bryan Schneider spoke with FOX 13 about how color deficiency impacts his life working with computers.

Schneider works with tiny, multi-colored wires every day. He said red, orange and green wires blend together. To make sure his wiring was right, he used a special meter, but now he wears Enchroma glasses instead.   

"You're always asking, 'what color is this? What color is that?'" he explained. "Now I can actually see that this is brown, this is orange, this is green," he said, pointing to the different color wires.

Schneider said he is literally like a kid in a candy store.

“The candy display with all the M&M's and the Skittles and everything else. It was like 'whoa! Look at all the colors!'" he said.

While Enchroma glasses might seem magical, the inventor behind them, Dr. Don McPherson said the magic was an accident - and the explanation is pure science.

He said the glasses were originally made to protect surgeons’ eyes from laser lights, by blocking harmful laser rays while enhancing vision. However, discovering what else they could do was purely accidental.

It happened at a Frisbee competition, when a color blind friend borrowed his glasses and saw something he'd never seen before.

"He said dude, I can see the cones! He was referring to the fluorescent orange field markers," he explained.

The cells in color blind people are in the wrong place and the signal to the brain that perceives colors overlaps. It turns out, the same wavelength blocked out to protect eyes from lasers also helps the brain separate out the color.

Color deficiencies vary, so Dr. McPherson said the effect of the glasses will too. The glasses cost anywhere from $250 for children to $350 for adults. 

Dr McPherson is pushing to get insurance coverage - focusing on children because it can affect their learning. 

Only 11 states require testing for color deficiencies.  Florida is not one of them.  

Visit the Enchroma website for more information: http://enchroma.Com/?Gclid=cmmc98xmhmscfyjzhgodjeydrw

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