EnChroma, a company in Berkeley, California, has created colorblindness correcting glasses, which will allow those who are colorblind to see colors they may have never seen before, according to NPR.
While the sunglasses, which are meant for outdoor use during the day, were first released two years ago, the company’s new version is made from polycarbonate, a material that’s kid friendly and usable in sports.
An estimated 32 million Americans experience some degree of color blindness, according to the Wall Street Journal. The eyewear, which range from $325 to $450 and address red-green colorblindness,the most common form, have the potential to help four in five people with the condition by making everyday, outdoor tasks easier.
“Color-coded tasks, like driving, enjoying nature, playing sports, cooking and eating, are all improved,” Donald McPherson, co-founder of EnChroma, reported thehuffingtonpost.com
The product was originally meant to be safety eyewear for surgeons during laser surgery, but one of McPherson’s friends who was colorblind borrowed the prototype and saw a new range of colors for the first time, according to thehuffingtonpost.com. The incident influenced McPherson to change focus and produce a product targeting people with this common condition.
The idea has come a long way, and this latest version, which is available to both prescription and non-prescription wearers, isn’t where the advancements end for the company. On top of working to make the glasses more accessible for colorblind people, EnChroma is also hoping to target their work on children the age group where they say that their product can make a big difference.
“Yesterday I saw the color purple for the first time. I saw orange, and reds, and pinks that I didn’t know existed. I never understood ‘purple’until yesterday. The concept of ‘purple’ was completely foreign,” stated a new owner of the glasses on the company’s website.