On Christmas Day, Nick Noah from Urbandale saw bright colors for the first time.
The 23-year-old has been deficient in color vision his entire life – only being able to see dull and “worn” shades. Standing in the backyard, he put on “color blind glasses”, a surprise gift from his father, and walked over to a row of rainbow balloons taped to the deck. He was speechless.
“There are no words to describe it other than life changing,” Noah said. “It was by far the most overwhelmed I have ever been.”
And thanks to her sister, Julia, millions of Twitter users have shared the moment.
Noah’s dad, Michael, who purchased the glasses, is seen in the video putting his phone down to kiss and hug Noah, who started crying seconds after putting on the glasses. Noah, 23, said he planned to buy the glasses this year, but his father “got ahead of him.”
Being deficient in color vision is hard to explain, said Noah, a recent Simpson College graduate who hopes to work in management or fitness.
“The most frustrating part of being color blind is trying to describe to people what I am and what I can’t see,” he said. “(To) someone who sees vibrant colors, it’s very hard to understand.”
Color vision deficit occurs when the retina has an imbalance or absence of retinal cone cells, which are sensitive to light of red, green, or blue wavelength. It affects about 8 percent of men, but is less common in women.
EnChroma glasses use filtering technology which, the Californian company claims, allows users to see an enriched color spectrum.
The company says its glasses can treat about four in five cases of color blindness.