Tuesday 22 August 2017

'It changed my life' - Watch the heartwarming moment a colourblind boy (10) sees colour for first time

Cayson Irlbeck (10) sees colour for the first time
Cayson Irlbeck (10) sees colour for the first time
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A 10-year-old boy has gone viral after his family uploaded a video of him seeing colours for the first time.

Cayson Irlbeck from Johnston, Iowa has been colour blind since birth and has been given a "second chance of life" with a new pair of glasses.

The EnChroma glasses have a 50/50 chance of working and use an optical filter that removes certain wavelengths of light and allows colourblind people to better perceive colour.

“It was instant. I knew right away something had changed (and) how bright everything was," Cayson told KKCI News.

"It was so colourful. It was weird (because) I had never seen those colours before, but I kind of knew what they were. I don't know. It was just awesome.

"That day changed my life."

Cayson's dad, Aaron Irlbeck, said it was "very emotional".

"Just to be able to see all of a sudden a whole new world opened up for him, obviously it was very emotional."

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