You may think that your eyesight is pretty good, but it turns out that distinguishing between colours and shades may be harder than you think.

Online optical retailer Lenstore asked 2,000 UK residents to take a test to assess their ability to differentiate between various colour shades, and less than 1% of people were able to get 100% correct.

The average score was 6 out of 10, with 24.1% of respondents getting this result. 23.4% got 5 out of 10, and 23.8% got 4 or less.

You can try the colour perception test for yourself here, and compare your results against the UK public:

The study examined whether gender, age and the language we speak can affect how we perceive colour, and the findings were quite surprising.

As you might expect, colour perception skills decline with age, but the peak age for colour perception for both men and women was between 31 and 35.

Overall, women were able to perceive and differentiate colours better than men, with women getting an average score of 57.7%, compared to 53.8% for men. However, men did better than women in the 66 to 89 age group.

The study also revealed that, the more languages respondents speak, the better their perception of colour.

People who spoke three additional languages, in addition to their mother tongue, got the highest average score on the test with 60%.

Those who spoke two additional languages got an average of 57.4%, while those who spoke one additional language got an average of 53.8%.

Read More

Latest science news

  • Heart-shaped METEORITE on sale
  • Wreck could be Amelia Earthart plane
  • China launches a rocket from a SUBMARINE
  • NASA captures image of ice world

Colour blindness affects approximately 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women in the world.

In Britain this means that there are approximately 3 million colour blind people (about 4.5% of the entire population), most of whom are male. 

If you want to test your colour perception further, check if you can see the four famous faces hidden in these images.

Source: Read Full Article