I’ve known I was colourblind since I was about 5. I’ve always liked being colourblind, and if I was given the option to become ‘normal’ I’d refuse it (although it would be nice to at least see how 90%+ see the world).
You see colour based on three cones in your eyes – Red, Green and Blue. These three cones let you see the spectrum of colours available to most of us. Colour is actually our perception of a small frequency – that includes elements we can’t see – such as ultraviolet, microwaves and gamma rays.
Here’s a quick summary of how colourblind people see the world – none of these exactly match how I see things. Both the deuteranope and protanope versions are very close to the base image for me. If shown all three (normal, deuteranope and protanope) I would not be able to say which was the ‘right’ image.
I picked this base image after doing a search on Google for ‘colourful image’ – and it does look colourful to me.
Many people say to me; who says I don’t see things correctly and everyone else sees it incorrectly. I used to dismiss this out of hand, as ‘correctly’ is based upon what the majority experience. However, in researching this a little more, it does seem like everyone probabaly perceives colour slighly differently.
That said, I have two faulty cones in my eyes, which over 90% of the population have working – so I think against any measure of ‘normal’, I see colours incorrectly.