EnChroma wants to help customers who are colorblind see what their eyes are meant to see. The company claims to have developed a pair of sunglasses that correct color blindness using a special optical coating that filters light as it enters the lens.
The idea for the glasses came about when the company was developing customer protective eyewear for laser surgeons.
The glasses are not a “one-size fits all” type of setup. Instead, the sunglasses come with different color blindness setups. For example, there is a pair for people who suffer from deuteranomaly, also known as red-green blindness. Another pair comes with protanomaly, which signals red weakness in the eyes.
If the glasses can match their claim, they would allow users to see traffic signals, pick out matching clothing, and determine colors in other situations.
The company has not announced pricing but has revealed hopes for a fall release, and, so far, a “Buddy Holly” frame has been revealed for that fashionable nerdy look.
The glasses could help quite a few people; according to a recent study, 1 in 10 men suffer from some form of color blindness. Women, on the other hand, are far less likely to have color blindness. Women, however, will be able to take advantage of the glasses if they do suffer from color blindness.
Here is a graphical representation that explains how the EnChroma lenses work.