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Colorblind Montana resident sees color for the first time

Deuteranopia is known as red-green colorblindness
Posted at 2:54 PM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 16:38:06-05
BILLINGS —

Joe Quinn was born with deuteranopia, which means he can only see 2-3 hues of color, normal vision allows us to see 7.

Joe is a resident assistant at MSU Billings, and for his final send off, his coworkers wanted to give him something he would never forget.

The housing and residential life staff saved up their own money to surprise Joe at their end of semester dinner with enchroma glasses, for colorblindness.

Some types of colorblindness are not compatible with Enchroma's glasses, so with a little sneaking around staff members were able to get Joe to take the colorblind test on Enchroma's website.

Joe said the difference is incredible. “It's crazy. It's like looking through a whole different lens, well that's exactly what I'm doing, but it's crazy. If you are colorblind, you should get these. It's like a whole new world. Deuteranopia is also known as red-green colorblindness, so Christmas is going to look a little different this year.”

Just in time for the holidays, Joe will be able to see colors like red and green in ways he's never been able to before.

And last Christmas, Joe was in Ireland.

He told MTN news something he looks forward to this Christmas, is to look back at the pictures and see the all of the different shades of green everyone has been talking about.