• These gifs can give you an idea of what it's like to be colour blind. (Compare Clinic IK)Source: Compare Clinic IK
Ever wondered what the world looks like when you're colour blind? These gifs will give you a pretty good idea.
Shami Sivasubramanian

17 Oct 2016 - 1:00 PM  UPDATED 17 Oct 2016 - 1:01 PM

Imagine never knowing what the colour red looks like. Or constantly confusing blue with yellow.

Worse still, what if you only saw in black and white?

About eight per cent of males and 0.4 per cent of women suffer from colour blindness in Australia. Fortunately, most forms of the condition don’t interfere much with daily life. But there are forms of red-green blindness that can pose risks for drivers who could confuse red traffic lights for green.

So to raise awareness around the various forms of colour blindness, UK surgery online database Clinic Compare created eight gifs that show what it’s like to have these conditions.

Each gif first reveals an original clip and then is colour-corrected using photo-editing software to show what the scene would look like for someone suffering from a form of colour blindness, as seen and described on Health.com.


Red-Green Colour Blindness

Red-weakness (protanomaly)


People with this form of colour blindness see reds, oranges, and yellows as dull or as green. Protanomaly is very rare and doesn’t tend to have much effect on the quality of a person’s life.


Red-blindness (protanopia)


More prevalent in men, people with protanopia may register red as black, and hues of green and orange as yellow.


Green-weakness (deuteranomaly)


Deuteranomaly is the most popular form of colour blindness and is also more prevalent amongst men. It causes yellows and greens to appear red, and makes it near impossible to distinguish between blues and purples.


Green-blindness (deuteranopia)


Deuteranopia washes out the colour from both cool and warm tones. Reds appear brownish, while greens look beige.


Blue-Yellow Color Blindness

Blue-weakness (tritanomaly)


This very rare and subtle form of colour blindness makes it hard to distinguish between yellow and red from pink, and causes blues to appear greener than they are.


Blue-blindness (tritanopia)


Also very rare, tritanopia is prevalent equally in men and women. It causes those with the condition to see blue as green and yellow as grey.


Complete Colour Blindness

Cone monochromacy


This condition is the result of being unable to register two our of three photopigments (red, blue, and green). It causes most colours to appear washed out or heavily tinted by one primary shade. People with cone monochromacy tend to also be near-sighted.


Monochromacy (achromatopsia)


This is the most severe form of colour blindness where no photopigments are registered. People with monochromacy see the world in pure black and white.

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