Many of us take for granted the rainbow of colors we see every day. Trees are green, strawberries are red, the sky is blue — that's just how the world is!
But more than 8 percent of men and .5 percent of women of Northern European descent live with red-green colorblindness, the most common type of colorblindness, according to the National Eye Institute. A person with red-green colorblindness may see colors as duller or indistinguishable from one another, somewhat brownish, or even black. But that's difficult for you to imagine, right?
A recent video by PlayGround + helped open our eyes to just how this type of colorblindness affects the vision of people who live with it. Take, for example, this side-by-side photo of a field of flowers. In the image on the left, the colors appear muted and yellowish. In comparison to the photo on the right (which shows what a non-colorblind person sees), there's next-to-no color contrast between the flowers and the grass.
In another example from the video, PlayGround + compares two views of a bunch of balloons. In the photo on the left, the balloons appear to be dull shades of yellow, olive, and blue — but in the photo on the right, you'll see a bunch of vibrantly colored balloons in a rainbow of shades.
To help people with red-green colorblindness see the brightly colored world that most of us take for granted, companies like EnChroma have started creating color-correcting glasses. These lenses are able to correct red-green colorblindness by using a filter to adjust the saturation people see between the two colors.
In the video, which has been shared more than 400,000 times since it was posted last month, people with red-green colorblindness try on a pair of EnChroma's special specs and see a world full of bright new shades. Just try not to smile as you watch them react to the colorful world they're experiencing for the first time ever!
[h/t The Huffington Post]