Did you know? Color blindness affects 1 in every 12 males but less than 1 in every 200 females. The condition, which is really just a deficiency in the way someone sees color, is relatively harmless. Of course, it can still be irritating to live with. It is for this reason that a 28-year-old Canadian inventor developed a specialized set of contact lenses that can correct color blindness.
Gabrielle Masone has been looking forward to developing the lenses since she was a child. After all, she is no stranger to vision problems herself. While she was in college, she studied chemistry. In 2017, she launched Colorsmith Labs Inc.
Masone’s mission was to develop the correct lenses, and she succeeded with the help of scientists from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Now, she has a finished prototype that will soon be trialed on humans.
The inventor hopes that the lenses will save people the annoyance of having to wear bulky, tinted glasses. Masone told CTV Atlantic: “I mean, not everyone wants to walk around in tinted glasses, you know? We all love Bono [U2’s lead singer] but no one wants to look like him every day.”
Masone and her team at St. Mary’s are in the process of securing investors to finance the manufacturing of the lenses. Watch the video to learn more:
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