Austin Peters sees a completely different world


Maddi Brainard; Nia Meyer

Elissa Dames, Editor

When someone walks into a grocery store and looks at the produce section they see colors like the picture on the left. They see every color imaginable. Austin Peters is different. He sees the produce like the right. That is because he has the form of colorblindness called strong deutan.

Strong deutan is a type of red-green color blindness in which the green cones do not detect enough green and are too sensitive to oranges, reds and yellows. This causes greens, yellows, oranges, reds and browns to appear similar.

Peters realized he was colorblind in fifth grade at the age of ten. He struggled the most in art class because he could not see the color wheel the same as the rest of his classmates. Which makes sense. Art class would be pretty difficult if all the colors looked similar.

One of the ways Peters overcame this problem was by asking his friends to tell him which colors were which. He still uses this method in high school. In chemistry class, he receives many color by number worksheets and has to ask one of his classmates to point out which colored pencil to use.

Colorblindness doesn’t only affect him in school. It is something he has to live with and adjust to everyday.

“The weirdest thing about being color blind is that I’m seeing a whole different world than people who can see color,” Peters said.

However, Peters would never know the difference. Colorblindness is harder to comprehend for those who are not colorblind. They have something to compare it to. Whereas Peters has never experienced what it is like to see all the colors. The world he lives in now, it the only one he knows.