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How Can You Solve the Challenges of Driving When Colorblind?

Visit your eye doctor for a range of solutions for colorblindness behind the wheel

If you’re colorblind, you can probably see colors but can’t distinguish easily between certain colors. Most commonly, seeing reds and greens is problematic; less commonly, seeing blues from yellows is tricky; rare is a form of colorblindness that shows everything in black and white.

While there is no known cure to treat colorblindness, a variety of glasses lenses and contact lenses with filters are available to help correct the deficiencies. At EYEcenter Optometric, our eye doctor will recommend the most helpful solutions for coping with colorblindness during daily life, such as when driving. Visit our eye care offices in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom, and Sacramento, California , to learn how you can add glorious hues to your views!

How can colorblindness affect driving?

  • Reading traffic lights – Since red-green colorblindness is the most usual form, many colorblind people cannot tell when the light switches. To cope, memorizing the order of standard traffic lights is successful. Red is at the top; green is at the bottom; yellow is in the middle.
  • Reading road signs – Even if you can’t see the sign’s color, you can still see the shape. STOP signs are octagonal, road condition warning signs and construction signs are diamonds with black symbols or text on them, and a yield sign is an upside-down triangle.

What colorblind aids are available for driving?

Wearing colored filters (tinted lenses) can enhance color perception; generally only one tinted lens is needed. Another option is a device made of two tinted filters, one red and one green.

Use these tips to drive safely to our eye doctors in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom, and Sacramento, California , for more colorblind solutions!

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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