Special glasses let 4th grade boy see the world in color for the first time

We really take the simple pleasures of life for granted sometimes. This made me happy, ugly cry at work.

A fourth-grader from Johnston, Iowa, Cayson Irlbeck, has been color blind since birth. He was unable to tell the difference between blues and purples and reds and greens until a few weeks ago.

Home video from the Irlbeck family shows the moment when a special pair of glasses changed his worldview forever.

 

“It was instant,” Cayson said. “I knew right away something had changed (and) how bright everything was.

”Cayson Irlbeck’s new EnChroma glasses use an optical filter that removes certain wavelengths of light and allows colorblind people to better perceive color.

“That was so amazing,” Cayson said. “It was so colorful. It was weird (because) I had never seen those colors before, but I kind of knew what they were. I don't know. It was just awesome.”

“Just to be able to see all of a sudden a whole new world opened up for him, obviously it was very emotional,” said Aaron Irlbeck, Cayson’s father.The Irlbeck family discovered the glasses after Cayson researched them on the internet. Research indicated the glasses had a 50/50 chance of working, but the Irlbecks said the $300 glasses were worth the investment.

“That day changed my life,” Cayson said.

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