Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Although there are no medical treatments that can correct inherited color vision problems, most people find ways to work around their poor color vision. For example, you can:
- Memorize the order of colored objects. If it's important to know individual colors, such as with a traffic light, memorize the order of the colors.
- Label colored items that may need to match other items. Have someone with good color vision help you sort and label your clothing with the proper colors. Have them suggest which colors go well with others, and sort your clothes in your closet or dresser drawers so that colors that can be worn together are near each other.
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