Colorblind Auburn man sees a whole new world on Father’s Day

Colorblind Auburn man sees a whole new world on Father’s Day
Auburn man sees color for the first time (Source: Anthony DeWitt)

AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - An Auburn man who suffers from colorblindness can now look at life in a whole new way.

Anthony DeWitt first discovered he was colorblind when he was in high school.

“He said, ‘You’re colorblind.’ I thought, 'Oh, you’re nuts because I can see colors,” DeWitt said.

While he can see most colors, he cannot see greens, browns, or shades of grey.

Being colorblind comes with its challenges, like picking out clothes.

“My poor wife, if it hadn’t been for her, I would look like a complete buffoon. But she picks out my clothes,” DeWitt said.

Going through stoplights can also be difficult for DeWitt.

“Against a deep, blue sky, it’s really difficult to pick out a green light,” he said.

But with the help of his two grandsons and his new EnChroma glasses, DeWitt can see a full spectrum of colors for the first time.

His wife, Ginger, said it makes her so happy that her husband is able to see colors.

“The joy on his face when he sees the sunsets and things he hasn’t seen before,” she said. “It’s just like a little child.”

DeWitt said it is like looking at the world for the first time.

“It’s like someone gave you a brand new box of crayons to color with,” he said. “It’s like that Disney song from the movie ‘Aladdin,’ ‘A Whole New World.’ And it is. It’s like a whole new world of color that you don’t see in your day to day life.”

These glasses work best outside but now allow him to see the greens and browns he was not able to see before.

He said he is most excited to travel and see all of the colors of churches and art.

“One of the things that I would like to go is back and see is Italy and the rest of Europe again and see all of the colors this time,” Dewitt said.

His wife is mostly excited about one thing.

“One day he might be able to pick out his own clothes,” she said.

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