Dubai hospital aims to dispel misconceptions about color blindness

Dr. Avinash Gurbaxani
Updated 09 September 2019

Dubai hospital aims to dispel misconceptions about color blindness

Color blindness is one of the most misunderstood and ignored eye conditions, which can have a huge impact on a person’s life.

From making even the simple act of choosing in-season fruits and vegetables, shopping for clothes or crossing the street at a traffic light, color blindness can be a dominant factor in how you experience the world around you.

The World Color Blind Awareness Day is observed every year on Sept. 6. To mark the occasion, doctors at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai are raising awareness of the condition in order to offer advice, dispel common misconceptions and remove any stigma.

Dr. Avinash Gurbaxani, consultant ophthalmologist, specialist in uveitis, medical retina and cataract surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, describes color blindness as a reduced ability to distinguish between colors.

“Color blind individuals do not see everything in ‘black and white’ but merely perceive colors differently from unaffected individuals,” he said.

Red-green and blue-yellow color blindness are the most common forms of the condition along with total color blindness. 

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The cause of color blindness can be genetic, with a person suffering throughout their life, although it can also develop as the result of disease.

Symptoms can vary from person to person, said Dr. Avinash. “Some people will have no symptoms as they have learnt to distinguish colors in spite of their color vision deficiencies (CVD).”

Simple clinical testing with Ishihara plates (colored plates that test the extent of a person’s CVD) is used for red-green color blindness, but more detailed tests like the color assessment and diagnosis (CAD) or 100 Hue test can isolate the type of CVD,” said Dr. Avinash.

The cause of color blindness can be genetic, with a person suffering throughout their life, although it can also develop as the result of disease.

Although there is no cure for the genetic causes of color blindness and most individuals have relatively few symptoms, some treatments are available, said Dr. Avinash.

“Certain tinted contact or eyeglasses lenses may help depending on the type of CVD you have, although this may improve recognition of some colors, it can make others more difficult to distinguish. For acquired cases of color blindness, prompt treatment of the underlying cause is advocated.”

He added: “There are even a few smartphone apps that help distinguish color for those who have difficulty doing so.”

 

 


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.