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. 


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.”



Hyatt Regency program supports Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 18 February 2020

Hyatt Regency program supports Saudi Vision 2030

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has announced a partnership with the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland — Saudi Arabia (HTMi), and the international nonprofit Education for Employment (EFE), in an effort to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. With the help of EFE and HTMi, the hotel will sponsor various groups of women throughout the year, each for four months of training at HTMi — Riyadh. The hotel will then recruit them in various departments where they will be able to contribute to the best of their abilities. 

“I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate with the team of Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya their new initiative to support Hyatt’s global program ‘RiseHY,’ which is designed to introduce youth to hospitality and provide needed employment opportunities,” said Giuseppina Bavasso, Hyatt’s director of human resources — Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. “The RiseHY program builds on our long-standing commitment with our existing or new relationships with community-based organizations across the world to provide vocational training and career readiness programs. We understand the challenges young people face and we believe that hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities can lead to long-life career chances.”

RiseHY is a global program designed to pair the hospitality industry’s career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world commit to hiring 10,000 opportunity youth by 2025.

“The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aims to boost women’s participation in the local labor market and provide equal and rewarding opportunities for everyone, so that they may use their talents and abilities to contribute to the Kingdom’s economy,” said Walid El-Awadly, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya’s general manager. “Building an inclusive and diverse workforce has always been an integral part of Hyatt’s DNA and our commitment toward RiseHY is a chance to bring employment opportunities to the members of the communities in which we operate. This commitment brings Hyatt’s purpose — to care for people so they can be their best — to life in the Riyadh community.”

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya opened its doors to guests in January 2017. The hotel offers 260 guest rooms, including 39 suites, spread across 28 floors.

Hyatt Regency’s strategy is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which focuses on stimulating tourism and boosting the Kingdom’s economy. The current Hyatt portfolio in the country comprises Park Hyatt Jeddah, Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Hyatt Place Riyadh Al-Sulaimania, and Hyatt House Jeddah Sari Street.