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Altered Color Perception Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your altered color perception symptoms, including 3 causes and common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: seeing colors differently

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Contents

  1. 3 Possible Altered Color Perception Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

3 Possible Altered Color Perception Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced altered color perception. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Age-related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease in which the center of the retina is progressively damaged, leading to gradual central vision loss. The macula, found at the center of the retina, is responsible for producing central vision.

Symptoms and their severity depend on which of the two types of AMD you have, either "dry" or "wet." However, you are likely to experience a gradual(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/blurry-vision/).

Treatments differ by type, but may include medication or procedures, supplements, and lifestyle modifications to either limit or prevent AMD.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: vision changes, blurry vision, difficulty transitioning from bright to dim environments, visual distortions, altered color perception

Symptoms that always occur with age-related macular degeneration: vision changes

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Cataract

A cataract is when the lens, a crystalline structure in the eye that normally allows light into the eye, becomes cloudy. Symptoms of a cataract include blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, glare, difficulty discerning colors, and increased nearsightedness.

The diagnosis is made by examination by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) using a slit lamp. The only way to treat cataracts is surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear, synthetic lens.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: vision changes, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, double vision, altered color perception

Symptoms that always occur with cataract: vision changes

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning

Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning means there has been very low-level exposure to carbon monoxide gas over a long period of time.

Carbon monoxide is a deadly, invisible gas that has no smell and causes unconsciousness and death very quickly. It is usually produced from a faulty furnace or from using a generator or charcoal grill indoors.

In chronic cases, the most likely cause is a gas, oil, or coal furnace that is improperly ventilated.

Carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in the bloodstream, causing suffocation.

Symptoms include headache; fatigue; body aches; nausea and vomiting; chest pain; dizziness; incoordination; and mental confusion.

These symptoms are often mistaken for other illnesses such as influenza, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, or dementia. But there is a risk of permanent damage and death if carbon monoxide poisoning is not treated.

Diagnosis is made with a blood test to measure the oxygen content.

Treatment involves first correcting the source of the carbon monoxide. Next is daily sessions of breathing pure oxygen, and possibly time spent in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, headache, irritability, nausea, difficulty concentrating

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Altered Color Perception

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • What is your body mass?
  • Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Altered Color Perception Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced altered color perception have also experienced:

  • 9% Vaginal Discharge
  • 5% Blurry Vision
  • 3% Headache

People who have experienced altered color perception were most often matched with:

  • 40% Chronic Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • 30% Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • 30% Cataract

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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