Color My World Glasses
Color My World Glasses now available at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
The Library is proud to partner with the Plainfield Lions Club to bring Color My World Glasses to the Plainfield Community. This amazing color blind professional kit is available at the Library to check out. You must have a Library card and can keep the kit for seven days. The kit includes a set of five glasses and is made possible from a generous donation from the Plainfield Lions Club. Color blindness is commonly hereditary and affects close to 10% of males and 1% of females. You can use this kit to determine if you could be color blind.
Library Director Montie Manning often visits other libraries throughout the state and was inspired to bring this unique service to the patrons at the Plainfield Library. He mentions “I immediately thought of the Plainfield Lions Club as a community partner to help us meet the needs of our color blind patrons with this service. We’re very appreciative of their support and the support of Dr. Hyndman.”
Plainfield Lions Club President, Tom Iles explains, “Vision services, whether it be providing vision screenings to preschool children, collecting old eyeglasses to be recycled and sent to third world countries, or assisting individuals locally who are in need of obtaining eye exams and eyeglasses but are unable to afford them, has always been an area of need that the Plainfield Lions Clubs has addressed in the local community.”
When the Lions were approached by the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library to help them meet a need related to those patrons of the Library who may be color blind, the Lions contacted the Indiana State Lions for assistance. “They put us in touch with Dr. David Hyndman, who is also a Lion, who owns Color My World and sells color blind kits to eye care providers. Since it was going to be donated to the Library for use by their patrons, Dr. Hyndman offered to sell us a kit at a discount,” Iles explains.
Dr. Hyndman practices in Boonville, Indiana and stated, “Selling these kits and helping people see in color is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in more than 20 years of practice. When it works, it really works and the outcome is amazing. It is life-changing!”
According to the National Eye Institute, simple everyday tasks like cooking meat to the desired color or selecting ripe produce can be a challenge for adults. Traffic lights can be challenging, since they have to be read by the position of the light. Since most lights are vertical, if a light is positioned horizontally, a color blind person has to do a quick mental rotation to read it. Reading maps or buying clothes that match colors can also be difficult. Color blindness can make it difficult to read color-coded information. This can be troubling for children who aren’t yet diagnosed with color blindness, since educational materials are often color-coded. However, most people with color blindness learn to adapt.
“The Lions were very happy that we could help out the Library and local community by providing the Library with this color blind kit,” said Iles.
ABOUT THE KIT
How to use the Color My World Glasses for the Color Blind Professional Kit:
Included in the kit are laminated screening cards to test for colorblindness. If the person can not correctly identify any of the four numbers, the person is color blind. If the person hesitates, and is slow to see a number, they may be mildly colorblind. If the person testing did not correctly identify any of the four numbers, the next step is to try on each tint in the collection to discern which one(s) help the most. Try each tint one at a time while looking at the laminated screening cards. If the person wears glasses, for simplicity, slip the Colorblind Glasses over them. If the numbers missed become visible, the tint being worn may be the best choice. Often two or three tints are helpful. To further decide which is most helpful, try each pair while looking at picturesque photos or posters of colorful scenery (rainbows, sunsets, fall foliage, flower gardens, etc.). It is also best to go outside to make a final determination on the tint that is most helpful for improving color-vision.
Visit the website to see several videos demonstrating the kit: www.glassesforthecolorblind.com. Purchasing information is available at www.glassesforthecolorblind.com or by calling 1-833-424-7662.
There are two offices in the Indianapolis area that sell these particular glasses from this kit:
VisionQuest Eyecare Dr. Lynn Burford
1160 N State Rd 135 10485 N Pennsylvania
Suite A Indianapolis, IN 46280
Greenwood, IN 46142 317-846-7600
Eye care professionals use a variety of tests to diagnose color blindness. After trying the kit or if you think you have a problem with color vision, you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor.
The Plainfield Lions Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. Contact them for more information on how you can become involved at 317-600-5193. For more information on how you can check out this professional colorblind kit, visit www.plainfieldlibrary.net or call 317-839-6602. The Library is located at 1120 Stafford Rd. Plainfield IN 46168.