Treating and living with a colour vision deficiency

There's currently no cure for inherited colour vision deficiency, although most people are able to adapt to it over time.

It may help to:

  • tell your child's school if they have problems with their colour vision,solearning materials can be adapted accordingly
  • ask your friends or family for help for example, they can help you choose matchingclothes and check whether food is safe to eat
  • install good quality lighting in your home to help you distinguish colours
  • make useof technologycomputers and other electronic devices often have settings you can change to make them easier to use, and there are a number of mobile phone apps available that can help identify colours for you
  • try special tinted lenses these are wornin one or both eyes to help you distinguish between certain colours, although they only seem to work for some people

VisitColour Blind Awareness for more information and advice about living with colour vision deficiency .

If your colour vision deficiency is caused by an underlying condition or a medication (see below), your symptoms may improve by treating the cause or by using an different medicine.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018