When Ethan Scott first put on the pair of tinted glasses his friend James gave him, everything was normal. He looked around and said they seemed nice. Then, when he started walking, he realized something is happening to him. He snatches up pens, markers, leaves and Post-its.
"Holy shit," he says in a video James took of the encounter.
He picks up a pack of wet wipes. "Oh my God. Is this purple?"
James confirms that it is. "What the fuck?" Scott says.
Until that moment, Scott had seen the world like any other colorblind person. But the glasses James gave him parse out the colors for his brain, amplifying certain signals to show him the vibrant world that he'd never before gotten the chance to appreciate.
The joyful video only gets better when Scott goes outside:
Scott can suddenly see the bright greens in the grass, the color of a friend's car, a blue flag in the lawn.
"The color in the fuckin' leaves," he says. "Jesus Christ."
Sorting out the signal: The glasses Scott wears in the video are from a company called EnChroma. The company designs specially designed tinted frames — which retail for $300 to $400 — that revitalize color vision for the colorblind.
People who are colorblind don't see the world in black and white. For them, certain colors are duller: pink can look like blue, red and green can blend together, etc. Think of colors like different radio signals. The colorblind get mixed signals that bleed together, so EnChroma lenses sort, separate and strengthen those broadcasts.
There's a whole host of videos showing people trying EnChroma glasses for the first time. They often include outdoor scenes featuring a colorblind person, a lot of crying and a loved one, holding the camera, who has no way to possibly understand what's happening for the person behind the frames.