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EnChroma glasses, which correct color blindness, available for loan at Alfred University libraries

Marilyn Dueño, Scholes Library public service coordinator, with EnChroma glasses available for loan.
Marilyn Dueño, Scholes Library public service coordinator, with EnChroma glasses available for loan.

Twenty pairs of EnChroma eyeglasses, which can correct color blindness, can be borrowed from Alfred University’s Herrick and Scholes libraries.


ALFRED, NY – Twenty pairs of EnChroma eyeglasses, which can correct color blindness, can be borrowed from Alfred University’s Herrick and Scholes libraries.

In a program that was announced earlier this month, 10 pairs of EnChroma glasses have been made available for loan at each of the libraries. Library patrons – students, faculty and staff, community members – sign out the glasses as if they were signing out a book.

Brian Sullivan, dean of libraries at Alfred University, said library patrons can inquire at the front desk of either Herrick or Scholes about borrowing glasses for up to 28 days. Community members will first need to create a library account, free of charge, at either front desk. Photo identification is required when setting up an account.

“This is a great opportunity for our students, faculty, staff, and community members to stop by Herrick or Scholes and pick up a pair of these glasses for themselves, or perhaps for a friend or family member who lives with colorblindness, to give them a try,” Sullivan commented.

The glasses were donated to Alfred University by EnChroma Labs, a San Francisco-area company that manufactures lenses that can effectively correct the most common form of color blindness. Don McPherson, an Alfred University alumnus who earned master’s and doctorate degrees in glass science in 1984 and 1988, respectively, developed the technology used in EnChroma glasses. McPherson, who earned an honorary degree from Alfred University in 2018, is co-founder and chief science officer at EnChroma.