Pilestone? Enchroma? Do any of these brands ring a bell. If not let us set the stage for you.
“Sasha’s red dress looks exquisite, doesn’t it?”
“Red? The dress was pink if I remember correctly.”
Do you find yourself getting into arguments like the one above? If your answer is yes, you suffer from color blindness. It is not uncommon for people to have problems distinguishing color. It can either be hereditary or can develop over time. Either way, the repercussions of it can be devastating, mostly if you work in a field that requires you to be a color guru.
TVs now offer 4K and 8K resolutions as part of their display technology. Unfortunately, these advancements are inconsequential if you suffer from color blindness. What is the point of having a UHD TV, if you cannot distinguish the color of your coffee mug?
Well, we may have stumbled upon a piece of technology that may help you out—introducing the color blindness correction glasses. Pilestone and Enchroma are the leading players in this space, with both claiming that their devices help enhance your viewing experience. We took them for their word and tried a few of the products, and here is what we found.
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How effective are color blindness correction glasses?
Well, it all depends on the user. Following hours of donning the glasses, there was a subtle difference in how well I could distinguish between blue and red. I spoke to my ophthalmologist about it, and she too was on the fence. There is limited research on the topic to derive a concrete answer. But, she did say that the glasses can assist in some way, depending on the severity of the condition.
When selecting a pair of correction glasses, you need to choose a pair that addresses the color blindness you suffer. You can either be red-green or blue-yellow color blind. Below are the glasses that are currently available on the market.
To start, we have the Pilestone TP-008. These clip on glasses assist individuals who suffer from blue-yellow color blindness. They help you in differentiating the shades of Blue based on contrast. They have a clip-on feature, allowing you to place them over your regular glasses. You can buy yourself a pair from the following store:
The Pilestone TP-021’s are for people suffering from red-green color blindness. They feature titanium-coated lenses that aid in antiglare and reduce the intensity of blue light that hits your eyes. TP-021’s are only for indoor use and are applicable for TV, computers, and the cinema. You can get a pair from any of the retailers below:
The CX3’s are ideal for outdoor use. They help increase your perception of red and green, adding more depth to how you view the colors overall. They are incredibly comfortable and also stylish, making you look hip while donning them. Enchroma offers a 60-day trial with each pair, allowing you to try their effectiveness before committing to buying a pair. The patent-protected lenses are resistant to dust, smudges, and scratches. They also function very well as antiglare glasses, which is a great help if you drive at night.
Honestly, we are still on the fence on this one. Both manufacturers claim that their technology is superior. However, vision is something that needs a professional to address. We strongly recommend that you consult your ophthalmologist before opting for any of the above products. They are more qualified to advise you on what is the best course of action. Because of the issue’s sensitivity, we are unable to offer a final verdict on these items.