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Alfred University alumnus brings color to the world

Alumnus Don McPherson, who earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Alfred University, is helping hundreds of thousands of people see color for the first time. McPherson, who credits two of his Alfred University professors with convincing him he could solve “virtually any problem.

It was while he was developing lenses for surgeons to wear in the operating room that Don made a startling discovery: The glasses also allowed people who were “color blind” to see colors for the first times in their lives. The potential for impact is huge: There are approximately 300 million people in the world who suffer from defects in their eyes that prevent them from seeing colors.  While EnChroma glasses don’t help everyone, for those that they do help, the reaction can be very emotional. 

What’s next for Don? He’s working on contact lenses that also correct for color-blindness, with a special focus on helping children who are at a disadvantage in school because they can not discern colors.

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