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EnChroma supports color blind students at the University of Hamburg

– UHH is the first university in Europe to offer special glasses for color blind people –

HAMBURG, Germany & BERKELEY, CA, March 21, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EnChroma – maker of color-blind eyewear – today announced that color-blind students and staff at the University of Hamburg will now be able to borrow EnChroma eyewear. This will help break down barriers to learning and everyday university life.

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Typically, around 80% of information is conveyed visually and often contains significant color components that can confuse or even frustrate color blind people, especially when it comes to educational materials. While people with normal color vision see over a million shades and tints, people with color blindness only see about 10%. Common color confusions include green and yellow, gray and pink, purple and blue, and red and brown. The colors appear dull and washed out to them, and some are also difficult to distinguish from each other, which are normally very easy to distinguish.

One in twelve men (8%) and one in 200 women (0.5%) are color blind – statistically this is around 3.3 million in Germany, 30 million in Europe and 350 million worldwide. For the University of Hamburg, this means that out of a total of 58,988 students and employees, approximately 2,779 students and 592 employees are color blind (based on the statistics for the winter semester 20/21).

The University of Hamburg is the first European university to join many prestigious universities in the United States that provide eyeglasses to color-blind students as part of EnChroma’s color accessibility program. This program is already operating successfully at Boston University, North Carolina State University and Alfred University in New York, for example, as well as more than 60 other public institutions such as museums and libraries.

“As we already know from studies, color vision deficiencies can limit learning ability and disadvantage those affected, especially in their studies,” says Erik Ritchie, CEO of EnChroma. “We are therefore very pleased that the University of Hamburg is providing EnChroma glasses to its students and staff in order to make the campus more accessible to people with color vision impairments. It is a very positive development that the matter receives slowly more attention in universities in Europe.We hope that more will follow this year.

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Special optical filters in EnChroma glasses help people with color blindness perceive a wider range of colors and see colors more vividly, clearly and distinctly. A study by the University of California, Davis, and INSERM, the National Institute of Health and Medical Research, has confirmed the effectiveness of EnChroma glasses. A separate recent study published in early 2022 in Scientific Publication Eye-Nature also highlights the benefits of glasses for people with color vision deficiencies.

The EnChroma Color Accessibility Program

EnChroma is the leading advocate for color accessibility with its program. The program helps public institutions such as schools, universities, libraries, museums and other institutions to set up a system for renting glasses to make these places more accessible to people with color blindness. Additionally, EnChroma also provides materials for educational institutions to educate teachers, students, and parents about color blindness and its effects. EnChroma also offers a similar program for employers. Public institutions interested in participating in the EnChroma program can contact EnChroma at [email protected]

About EnChroma

EnChroma, based in Berkeley, Calif., received a grant from the NIH, US National Institutes of Health and Biomedical Research, to develop its patented EnChroma lens technology. The development is based on 10 years of research and development and clinical trials at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. In 2020, EnChroma received the San Francisco Bay Area’s prestigious East Bay Innovation Award in the Life Sciences category.

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