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COLOR VISION DEFICIENCY INFORMATION & PRODUCTS
Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) is the inability to distinguish between some colors and shades. Most people with this condition can identify some colors. Few people are totally "color blind." Color filters, such as a special red contact lens worn on one eye or prescription glasses may be used to help some people with a color deficiency. In addition, talking products are available that will scan a color and announce a description of the color (originally designed for individuals who are blind).
Talk to your eyecare specialist about color enhancement lenses. The lenses are designed to significantly improve color discrimination for people with color vision deficiency. ColorMax, ChromaGen, and the X-Chrome are among some of the lenses (contact and glasses) that may be an option.
The following manufacturers and vendors can provide information on prices, availability of products, and usefulness of products. If you would like to return to Step 1 and select another impairment, go to: http://www.jan.wvu.edu/soar/disabilities.html.
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
Toll Free: (800)223-1839
ColorTest II is an upgraded model of a hand-held device that helps you distinguish colors independently. It uses a clear human voice to announce the color of any object placed in contact with its sensitive detector and senses over 1,000 nuances of color.
Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc.
PO Box 9022
Hicksville, NY 11802-9022
Toll Free: (800)537-2118
Talking Color Identifier
Touch an object and turn the the switch on, and a color will be announced in a clear, british voice. Intensity of color is denoted by dark, light, very and gray.
The Atrium at Rae Park
8 John Walsh Blvd.
Peekskill, NY 10566
39465 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538
ColorView Spectacle Lenses
5532 South Telluride Court
Centennial, CO 80015
Toll Free: (866)652-6567
Color Vision Enhancement
Coloryte provides color vision testing and color vision enhancement with corrective lenses.
Computer Shareware: "What Color"
WhatColor is a downloadable Shareware program that identifies a pixel colors on a computer screen; it indicates RGB values and the name of the color.
145 River Rock Drive
Buffalo, NY 14207
Toll Free: (800)468-4789
Classic ColorTest 2000
ColorTest is a hand-held device which helps someone who is blind or color deficient distinguish between 1,7000 different colors independently. Scan ColorTest over an item and the color is immediately announced in a clear, natural voice with volume control.
42 Executive Blvd
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Toll Free: (800)522-6294
Talking Color Identifier
Colortest 2000 Deluxe & Memo
Place the front of the unit against almost any surface - paper, cloth, wood, plastic, etc and the color will be spoken.
Ryobi System Solutions
Visolve is software that can be be downloaded from the company's website. Visolve can transform colors so some appear brighter and others to appear darker, layer a pattern over a color, and darken all colors other than the specified color.
2103 Essex Lane
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Studies suggest that these sunglasses can improve color perception of red and green for individuals with color vision deficiency.
27 Drydock Avenue, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
EyePilot Color Guide Software is an interactive software program that enables users to work more effectively with color information. It is designed as an interactive floating window that can be layered over a web or browser window on your computer screen.
A prescribed red colored contact lens worn in the non-dominant eye to help improve red-green color deficiencies. Contact an opthalmologist for more information.