EnChroma’s Vice President of Products, Dr. Don McPherson, is an optical expert, who’d invented specialized glasses for doctors performing laser surgery. Basically, he was putting several rare minerals into the glass to allow the doctors to see what they were doing without risking being blinded by the lasers.
However, he soon found that the glasses he made were mysteriously disappearing – doctors were using them as regular sunglasses! Why?
Well, it turns out that the glasses had a positive side-benefit. They increased color “saturation.” That is, the intensity with which you see colors.
McPherson started wearing the glasses himself, and when a color-blind friend borrowed them, the rest is history. (….)
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