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Around one in 12 men and one in 200 women in the world are colourblind. This is how most of them perceive the world.
There are three main types of partial colour blindness: Red deficiency (protanopia), green deficiency (deuteranopia) and blue deficiency (tritanopia).
Image created using Color Oracle.
The suffix -anopia refers to a complete absence of the cones that detect light, whereas -anomaly, as in deuteranomaly, tritanomaly and protanomaly, means the cones are present but mutated.
Roughly one percent of men have protanopia, and another one percent have deuteranopia. Deuteranomaly is the most common, affecting six percent of men and 0.4 percent of women.
Tritanopia affects less than one percent of men and women, and tritanomaly affects less than 0.01 percent of men and women.
Most of the genes involved in colour blindness are on the X chromosome, which is why men are affected more than women.
Monochromacy is complete colour blindness. People with this condition see the world in black and white.
Want to check your colour perception? The EnChroma website has an easy Ishihara test.
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