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A Mother’s Journey into Colorblindness

When my son Andrew was four years old his pre-school teacher told me that he was having trouble understanding simple patterns. I was already concerned that he couldn’t always identify colors correctly. Were these signs of a learning disability, or was it something else?

“Do you think he could be colorblind?” I asked his teacher. Her eyebrows went up. “Now that you mention it, that could be it.”

Our pediatrician didn’t have a color vision test, and referred me to an optometrist.

The optometrist showed my four-year-old a book of pictures with shapes. These shapes would apparently not be visible to the colorblind. When they were finished, the doctor informed me that Andrew was red-green color deficient, or colorblind.

This is a guest article by Karen Levine, she is the author of the book All About Color Blindness: A Guide to Color Vision Deficiency for Kids (and Grown-ups Too) […]

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