Do EnChroma glasses improve color vision for colorblind subjects?

Opt Express. 2018 Oct 29;26(22):28693-28703. doi: 10.1364/OE.26.028693.


The commercialization of EnChroma glasses has generated great expectations for people to be able to see new colors or even correct color vision deficiency (CVD). We evaluate the effectiveness of these glasses using two complementary strategies for the first time. The first consists of using the three classical types of tests - recognition, arrangement and discrimination - with and without glasses, with a high number of individuals. In the second, we use the spectral transmittance of the glasses to simulate the appearance of stimuli in a set of scenes for normal observers and observers with CVD. The results show that the glasses introduce a variation of the perceived color, but neither improve results in the diagnosis tests nor allow the observers with CVD to have a more normal color vision.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Color Perception / physiology
  • Color Vision / physiology*
  • Color Vision Defects / physiopathology
  • Color Vision Defects / therapy*
  • Contrast Sensitivity
  • Equipment Design
  • Eyeglasses*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retinal Cone Photoreceptor Cells / physiology*