Pilot

Need to be able to distinguish red and green position locating lights on aircraft, LED readouts on the instrumentation and warning lights in the cockpit. Additionally, both day and night flight require the ability to distinguish airport tower beacons and lighting from hazardous towers and other obstructions to flight. Not all regulatory agencies require perfect colorvision, and some simply restrict the times and/or places the color deficient can fly.


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Emiliano Sala Crash

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Pharmacist

Being colorblind removes one of the checks and balances designed to reduce the risk of mixing up meds, and certainly slows down one’s ability to process many types of prescriptions. Colors are used in the software, labeling, product differentiation, etc. However, there don’t seem to be specific restrictions for the colorblind in this career.


Stories:
Pharmacists and Patients

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Military

Many, but not all, countries, branches and positions. This is particularly true of special forces. Even so, guidelines don’t always get enforced. After being drafted into the army, my uncle, who was mildly colorblind, “failed” his colorvision test. However, the examiners assumed he was just trying to get out of the service, so didn’t believe him.


Stories:
Maybe Better At Some Types of Camouflage

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