Color blindness is usually passed down through genetics and tends to affect men more than women. If it is caused by a condition such as an eye disease or medication, oftentimes the color blindness can be healed by treating the underlying cause. However, for anyone who has inherited the gene, there is no cure for the condition.
This was the case for Chris Smelcer.
Chris spent his entire life living without being able to see many colors truly, or even at all. For his 50th birthday, his family decided to surprise him with the new Enchroma glasses which are designed with special technology to help color blind people view life in its full, colorful splendor.
Watching Chris open his glasses for the first time is definitely special. At first, he seems apprehensive and even stalls for time when he asks his family if there are directions for the glasses.
But he finally tries on the glasses and, as he begins to look around, the shock on his face becomes quickly apparent.
He is clearly excited while at the same time not entirely sure how to express everything he is feeling.
The best moment comes when Chris stands up and walks away to stand in front of a thick grove of bright green trees that are just gorgeous. He immediately throws his hands up in the air and starts to tear up from the beauty.
Color blindness affects 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women around the world and yet, until recently, there was no solution to the condition. Thanks to these Enchroma glasses, Chris and people like him are finally getting to experience the world in color.
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