4 Signs Your Child May Have Color Blindness


It can be very difficult to diagnose children with color blindness; after all, they cannot express the fact that they can't see something they don't know exists! There are many types of color blindness, as well -- it isn't always as simple as not being able to see the difference between red or green. Some children cannot differentiate between similar colors, such as red and orange or green and blue, and any type of color blindness can potentially hold children back in school.

1. Your Child Ignores Certain Colors When Coloring

If your child sees purple and blue as the same color, you may find that your child either uses them interchangeably or ignores certain colors entirely -- for instance, a colorblind child may not use red crayons because they do not see the red as any different from green. Watch how your child colors, as well; a red tree may be creative or it may be a very obvious sign that your child is seeing colors differently.

2. Your Child Chooses Strange Colors to Match When Dressing

Many children experiment with colors, but most people also have innate knowledge of when colors "clash." If your child cannot seem to see when their clothing colors are "clashing" -- when the contrast between two colors is so severe as to be unpleasant -- it could be that your child does not see the differences between these colors. 

3. Your Child Struggles When Reading But Seems to Have Good Eyesight

Color blindness, especially more subtle versions of color blindness, can affect a child's ability to read. As an example, a brightly colored children's learning book could have dark red text over an orange background. To a non-colorblind child, this would be extremely easy to read; to a colorblind child, it may be nearly impossible. A child may still be able to see things perfectly well otherwise, which can confuse a parent.

4. Your Child Has Unexplained Difficulties in School

If your child is educationally behind other children, there could be many things affecting them -- including colorblindness. Colorblindness can make it more difficult for a child to follow along in preschool and lower grades, as they cannot understand the different color names and may not be able to follow directions. Something as simple as "pick up the green book" might be impossible for a child to do if they cannot accurately determine the color green and could lead to them being frustrated and withdrawing in school.

Though they do test children for eyesight difficulties and color blindness in most schools, it's much better for a child to be tested directly by the family eye doctor. An optometrist will make sure that they run through rigorous tests to catch any eye problems before it begins affecting the child in school. Contact a clinic like Quality Eye Care for more information.


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