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Introducing Enchroma

Enchroma makes glasses that enhance color vision for people who have red-green color blindness.


How the Enchroma glasses were developed

Enchroma Chief Scientist and co-founder Don McPherson, Ph.D., had no inkling that his love for playing Ultimate Frisbee would send him on a lifelong mission to help color blind people. Don was playing Ultimate Frisbee while wearing special glasses he had developed to protect the eyes of doctors from lasers during surgeries. He liked how the glasses enhanced colors. One of his teammates–who is color blind–asked to try on the glasses. The teammate marveled at all the colors he could see that he had never seen before.

Inspired to learn more about this phenomenon, Don began exploring why the glasses might help color blind people see colors better.

Co-founder Andy Schmeder, CEO, joined Don and developed sophisticated computer models that simulated wavelengths of light and color vision deficiency. With the support of three National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR grants, they conducted studies on the feasibility of correcting color vision deficiency, using the latest understandings of the genetic basis of CVD to create a sophisticated computer-based model of human color vision. After more than ten years of research and development, Enchroma was born in 2010 and developed patent-pending design methods to create special spectral filters to assist color vision in a wide variety of applications.

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