Some of my friends are aware of this and some of them might not be, but I am red-green colorblind. I know what you’re thinking. But Xanny, how do you see traffic lights? It’s okay, I’m used to that question. Thankfully it’s only certain shades of red and green that are affected, but it’s something I deal with almost on a daily basis.
The above image is part of the Ishihara test for color blindness. Most of you will see the number 8. Not me, I only see the number 3. I had a hard time with this in school, as once someone learned that I was color blind, the questions started. What color is X? Or Y? Or Z? Yeah, it definitely got annoying after a while, that’s for sure. I have problems with some pinks and purples as well. It’s hard for me to dress my daughter at times, and sometimes I need to ask my partner if she’ll take a look at the clothing I picked out for the minion, just to make sure the colors don’t clash. So if you ask me what color something is, and it’s a red, green or has red or green in it and I give you a weird response, now you know why. Video games for the most part are fine, and a few publishers are even nice enough to include a color blind mode if their game mechanics depend on colors.
This also affected my career path. I’ve always been into computers, but there was a time I wanted to get more into the electronics side of things. After looking into it, I realized my color deficiency would probably not be good for the field and I opted to move onto programming. One joke I like to tell is this. You’d never want me on a bomb squad. Reason? You tell me to cut the red wire, I may very well ask “Which one?”.