Colourblindness in kids

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Colourblindness in kids

Postby edanson » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:15 pm

Dear All,

Have you heard of children having minor colour blindness ? Will this affect their choice of studies cum career? My friend's child was diagnosed by the school yearly medical team of having minor colour blindness. She is worried for the child who is keen to be a doctor but felt that colour blindness may affect her chances of getting into medical school in future.

Any doctor here who can give some advise?

I tried to help by checking with my sister's friend who have children who are doctor and lawyer. He mentioned that colour blindness can now be treated, is it true? ( Pleae don' t ask me why I did not ask the same person again - because I do not know them and do not wish to disturb them too offen. )

Anyone here have life experience or heard of true examples about people having colour blindness but can still be doctor?

I really hope to help this family friend of mine. I know she does not know where and how to get help and also know that she is too shy to ask around. I thought this is a good place to get help for her.
Really hope that there is some kind soul here who can help me to help her.

Please advise if you have knowledge on this topic - COLOURBLINDNESS. THANKS :thankyou:

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Postby mrswongtuition » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:03 pm

My twin cousins are colour blind. They can't even drive as their colour blindness is between red & green.

Doctor told us that their career choices will be very limited. One of them is very good in electrical stuff but cannot pursue due to colour blindness.

I'm not too sure the severity of your friend's child's colour blindness, so I can't help much also. It's best to consult a specialist & get their opinions.

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Postby janice_koh » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:11 pm

My son 12 is also color blind. He is deficieny in green/red but he's able to see red and green lights. This is a permanent condition according to HPB; he is issued a medical certificate for life. He looks very normal to me just that sometimes he cant see spectrum of green or red. He may oso read amber as partial red but he's perfectly ok to me; no need to worry.

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Re: Colourblindness in kids

Postby Full.Cream » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:26 pm

edanson wrote:Anyone here have life experience or heard of true examples about people having colour blindness but can still be doctor?


well, I had a friend who is colour bilnd and last heard he's got a degree in dentistry....not sure abt doctor tho.

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Postby janice_koh » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:32 pm

the HPB doctor told us as long it is not a distinguished requirement for a job ie. scientitst; color separator; there's many jobs a color blind person can do. Some who are not tested may not even know they are borned color blind.

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Postby tankee » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:59 pm

Colour blindness cannot be cured (at least not at the moment or near future).

People who are colour blinded cannot perform certain jobs that required good colour distinctions, eg pilot.

For application of driving license, the colour blinded person need to get an eye specialist endorsement that he\she can "see" the red, orange & green. And submit the endorsement letter during application.

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Postby Herbie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:36 pm

When my son was diagnose with the colour blindness at HPB, they have given us a borchure which indicate which are jobs he can't undertake.

Sorry! I can't find the brochure. You may wish to check with HPB on the brochure.

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Postby Herbie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:31 pm

Found the brochure online. Please go to www.hpb.gov.sg and key in colour blindness under the search engine (within hpb website).

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Postby edanson » Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:19 am

Herbie wrote:Found the brochure online. Please go to www.hpb.gov.sg and key in colour blindness under the search engine (within hpb website).


Dear All,

Thank you very much for all your effort to share . I will ask my friend to read them herself at this website.

Herbie : Really a very big Thank You to you for your effort to help search for the brouchure. :thankyou:

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Postby Herbie » Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:25 am

Hi Edanson

No worries!! :-)

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