Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Red Green Show

Although I'm not much of a fan of television and we currently don't even have one in operation, I think The Red Green Show is some of the funniest programming out there.

Although he is too young to get many of their jokes yet, I'd like to take my son to their website (linked above) to show him around the old Possum Lodge.

But that might be just cruel.

We have just learned that my son is red-green color vision impaired. He can't see much difference between red and green and has a terrible time distinguishing between the two.

It was discovered in a standard vision screening at school today, and quite frankly, I didn't believe it. We have never noticed any difficulties with color identification with him before.

So this evening I made up a little test for him, terribly unscientific but functional, and made him swear not to mess with me for the fun of it. He failed miserably, time after time, even as I tried several different methods. He was concentrating really hard and I could tell that he was struggling to see some differences that would clue him in, but his best guesses were obviously just that--guesses.

How did we never notice this before? Why has the vision screening in previous years never picked this up?

I am going to call his optometrist tomorrow to try to get to the bottom of this. If this has been present since birth, as it is in approximately eight percent of males, then my hat is off to him and his coping skills. He has done amazingly well, probably not even aware that he had a deficiency. If this hasn't been present since birth, though, then we need to figure out what is going on. For him to be losing some of his color vision at this age is something that needs to be checked out.



Anonymous said...

Interesting! My thoughts go in several different directions. First, the Red Greeen Show. It's one of my favorites, probably because I have almost as many uses for duct tape as Red Green does!
Regarding color blindness, it's quite common among men. I have a missionary friend who was in printing. He wanted women to proof read color production because men can't be trusted to do a good job, they miss some colors. No wonder, men see 8 colors and women see hundreds! I work with a young man who is severely color blind, yet he says he can distinguish the eighgt basic colors if they are not shaded or tinted.
Now to Tano. His color-blindness, not being able to distinguish reds, or red and green, is indeed the most common. Yet many men, like Tano, cope quite well. For example, in driving, they go by position, not color, to distinguish traffic lights. Is it progressive? I have never heard that color blindness is. I always thought that it was that way from birth.
Having said all that, I feel for you , it is a bit of a shocker to suddenly find this out. Tano's a bright kid, I'm sure he will breeze through life quite well!
Uncle Ed.

Dan said...

My dad has the same color blindness, and it was with him from birth. The only real issue for him is traffic signals, as you can imagine. But he just goes by which light is lit up, which is common sense. My dad doesn't feel that he's missing out on anything, since it's all he knows. I suspect Tano just has been living with this, and didn't even realize that there was anything different with his vision that the rest of us. Not much cause for concern, I'd say.

Sherry C said...

Thanks for chiming in, guys.

Really, it doesn't bother me that he is color blind--rather, I find it somewhat amusing. I'm aware of how common it is and know that he'll do just fine in life in most career paths. Although these small towns with their single flashing light at the intersection are a bit of a concern.

What concerns me is only the fact that it may be acquired as of late--indicating some other health problem. He has had his vision tested at school every year, and he wears glasses, so he has seen an optometrist annually for several years as well. It's hard to beleive that it has existed all this time and no one has ever caught it.

strider1971 said...

I m surprised no one has caught it. my prayers are with Tano and your family. I understand about eye conditions. am willing to be a source of support if needs be. he and you can always give me a call and ask me anyting and I am willing to help to the best of my ability.

Anonymous said...

And he's going to have to learn a whole new set of coping skills when it comes time to date. Like, taking you to help pick out flowers to match his prom date's red taffeta dress... and leaving the nuances of paint-chip-picking-out to his someday wife, because we all already know what a difficulty it is to select between hunter green and jade green or burgandy vs. crimson. -- KMJ

Eagle-eye Di said...

And then you go with the person that is totatolly blind.What does he have to be concerned with? So it is only red and green,he will learn with help how to tell the difference.There is no way the doctors could have detected his situation.Unless you tell the doctors your concern they won't know what to get checked out.Don't suddenly get bummed out with the doctor.Coming from a mom with a blind son.Also having his daughter who has his same problem getting checked out now and then with her own specialist.He does eye exams but never has he specified color exams.