- Posted on: Nov 16 2015
Color blindness, more accurately named color deficiency, is more common than you think. It is an inherited condition that affects males more frequently than females. An estimated 8 percent of males and less than 1 percent of females have color vision problems.
Red-green color deficiency is the most common form of color blindness.
What causes color blindness?
The cones in the human retina are responsible for our color vision, and these photoreceptors are concentrated in the central zone of the retina called the macula. The center of the macula is called the fovea, and this tiny area contains the highest concentration of cones in the retina and is responsible for our most acute color vision.
Inherited forms of color blindness often are related to deficiencies in certain types of cones or absence of these cones.
Learn more about color vision here.
Also, check out this article about color deficient sports fans who had some trouble watching the Bills vs. Jets game last week!
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