Does Colour Blindness Run in your Family?

@jennybianca (12913)
Australia
January 6, 2010 11:32pm CST
My first husband was colour blind. He got lots of colours confused. If we were visiting my parents, my mum would have to put completely different colour towels in the bathroom for us, for he couldn't distinguish similar colours. I didnt like him choosing his own shirts to buy, as he would always choose brown, it being the only colour he could easily identify. Colour Blindness is genetic. A son usually gets it from his Mother, even though she may not be colour blind, it only takes one gene to pass on to a son for him to be colour blind. My daughter would almost certainly carry the colour blind gene. I have told her that is she has a son, there is a 50% chance he will be colour blind. Girls are rarely colour blind, unless they get the gene from both their parents. I always assumed that my daughter was not colour blind. But lately I have begun to wonder. She argues with me about the colour of some things, often involving maroons, pinks and reds. Do any My Lotters know anything about colour blindness, particularly as it relates to females being colour blind? Does any kind of colour blindness run in your family?
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@Buchi_bulla (8304)
• India
7 Jan 10
Yes jennybianca, my son is colour blind. I did not know this for a long time. Once he had some eye problem. When we went for check up, that time only doctor told us that he is colour blind and he got it from mother, i.e. me. I argued with him that I give him good food, fruits, milk, egg etc. But he said nothing to do with the food and only from XX genes, i.e. from mother, he got it. I cried that day as I am responsible for his deficiency. But then I did not give him willingly right?
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
There is no way ot is your fault, that you carried the gene for colour blindness, as you would have got it from your Father. It really wont affect your sons life much at all. Sure, he wont be able to be a poilet, but most careers he wont be resricted in, nor will he have less enjoyment of life.
@happy6162 (3009)
• United States
7 Jan 10
As far as I know color blindness does not run in my family. I do not know anything about color blindness except that people can not distinguish one color from another.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Sort of. They can see some colours properly, mainly brown.
@machizmo (279)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I had a principle when I was in middle school that was color blind. He could not see red or green colors. Sometimes he could not red writing on shirts. It is not real common among females from what I have discovered.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Thats right, its not common amongst females.
@stand87 (666)
• Bulgaria
7 Jan 10
I have color blindness, but I don't know if there's someone else in my family. My grandmother says that my grandfather had colorblindness too. But he was driver in the years of socialism in Bulgaria. At that time there were no drivers with color blindness. So, there's no point. It was really impossible to be a driver with color blindness. Now I have no problems with this.
@stand87 (666)
• Bulgaria
7 Jan 10
I mean, it's not for sure that it's genetic in all the cases. Color blindness is still not completely revealed thing.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
People dont usually havgbe any problems with colour blindness, unless they want to be a piolet! It makes sense that your grandfather would havbge been coloir blind, and he would havbge passed it on to your mother, & her to you. I have not heard that there may be other reasons other than genetic.
@jzumari (101)
• Philippines
8 Jan 10
unfortunately, color blindness runs in our family. my grandfather and my two male cousins are color blind. it's hard to live with them, sometimes they would ask "please hand me that pink canister" then, I am having a hard time finding it and I realized that it was blue!! Its like that we have different perceptions on a lot of colors, and I usually don't understand them,
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
I had to help my late husband with colours as well, like the towel and his clothes.
@cerebellum (3870)
• United States
7 Jan 10
No one in my family is color blind. I don't think I even know anyone that is. I know nothing about it. Why does a son only need one parents gene and a daughter two?
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Because colour blindness is linked to the X chromosone, and males only get one.
@Java09 (3080)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I don't know too much about being colored blind,but I do know my father was colored blind.I think my younger brother is also.I don't notice how he distinguishes one color from the other.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
If you are female, there is a 50% chance you have inherited the colour blind gene. It wont show up in you, but it is likely you will pass it onto your sons.
@shibham (17019)
• India
7 Jan 10
Hi jenny, i am lucky that i have not any member in my family, who is a color blind. Thanks.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
7 Jan 10
ok, thanks.
@danilliam (278)
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
no.color blind is not in our family.i not know anyone like that but i see on tv.they mix the colors.the blue is the red and the green is the blue.i not know if this true because i see that on series.not news and discovery.thank you for the information.i learn another thing here.=)
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
7 Jan 10
ok, thank you.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Color blindness runs in my husbands family All I know is that it is really really really rare for women to be color blind because it has to be present in both XX genes. Color blindness is usually passed on by the male to any male child. Unless your daughter is color blind herself, that is the only way she can pass on the color blind gene to her children.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
7 Jan 10
The colour blind gene is linked to the X chromosone. Therevfore, it is passed on from Mother to son. As my daughter is a female(obviously), she would definitely have the gene from her father. Therefore there is 50% chance she will pass it on to her sons. I agree it is rare for women to have it. My daughter would only be colourblind herself I had the gene and passed it on to her. That doesnt mean I have to be colour blind, as I only need to pass on one gene of the X for my daughter to get it from me.
@ankit08 (25)
• India
7 Jan 10
NO certainly not, no one in my family is colour blind..... we have'nt done any medical test but i m quite sure that there isn't any case in my family
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