It takes a lot of time and patience to invent something revolutionary, but one 28-year-old woman has proved it's all worth the wait.
Canadian entrepreneur Gabrielle Masone has developed a set of specialized contact lenses that can help those afflicted with color blindness. According to the Good News Network, Masone drew on her own experiences as a person with sight challenges when developing the revolutionary lenses.
The chemistry graduate used her own company, Colorsmith Labs Inc., to work on the lenses, but it wasn't all smooth sailing. Masone had to find a partner, and was lucky enough to strike up a working relationship with scientists from St. Mary's University in Halifax. Together they were able to come up with a finished product that is set to be tested on colorblind individuals. If it proves to be a success, thousands of people could find their lives transformed by these small, see-through lenses.
Recently we've begun to see a rising trend in glasses that can transform a greyscale world into color for people whose eyesight prevents them from otherwise experiencing such colors. However, these glasses, while definitely incredible, are often expensive and bulky, making them more of a recreational product than everyday wear. Masone hopes that her invention can bring the same sort of technology to a wider audience while being more practical.
The Color Blind Awareness Organization states that approximately every 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women in the world experience either color blindness or color vision deficiency, which may be a higher number than some people realize. While these afflictions are not life-threatening, they are certainly life-altering and can limit what a person can do career-wise. Up until very recently, there haven't been many options available to CVD sufferers, with most people accepting that it's simply something they will have to live with forever.
Thanks to talented inventors like Gabrielle, the world is about to get a lot brighter for a lot more people. The 28-year-old has been busy spreading the word about her project, talking to local media outlets and hoping to find much-needed investors to help cover the cost of the manufacturing process. They're hoping to secure more backing in the near future.
It just goes to show how the world needs more people like Gabrielle in it to bring a lot more color to the rest of us.