There are no treatments for most types of color vision difficulties, unless the color vision problem is related to the use of certain medicines or conditions that can be helped with other therapies.
If you have problems seeing shades of color, and there's an associated eye disease or injury, treatment of the disease may help your color vision.
Wearing a colored filter over eyeglasses or a colored contact lens may enhance your perception of contrasts. But such lenses won't improve your ability to discern colors.
Recent research has shown that some rare retinal disorders associated with color deficiency can be modified with gene replacement techniques. These treatments are under study, but some might become available in the future.
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