How to tell if your child is color-blind

Pediatrician Tamiko Jordan, MD, shares advice for parents on how to recognize the signs that your child may be color blind and the best method for testing it
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How to tell if your child is color-blind

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It can be difficult to tell if your child is color-blind. Often they will have trouble telling red from green, or have trouble learning their colors. If you suspect your child is color-blind and they are able to communicate with you, there are test plates called Ishihara test plates that have different figures hidden in different colors and a child could point to one if they saw it; there are blank ones where you could tell if they were faking. Color-blindness can be treated with tinted glasses, or a child may be able to learn certain colors, depending on how bright they are or where they are located. Color-blindness is more common in boys and is usually inherited, so usually someone in the family has already had this

Pediatrician Tamiko Jordan, MD, shares advice for parents on how to recognize the signs that your child may be color blind and the best method for testing it

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Tamiko Jordan, MD

General Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jordan was born in Riverside, California and received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has since worked in many different settings.  Currently she is an attending pediatrician at the Altamed General Pediatric Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she teaches pediatric residents and sees her own patients in private practice.  She has been featured on ABC7 and FOX11 news as well as the Patt Morrison Show on 89.3 KPCC.  Her latest project is the asthma clinic at Altamed, where she can spend more time educating patients and parents about optimizing their asthma care and minimizing ER visits and lost school days.  

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