Xavier McCoury has lived his whole life in black, white and gray. Thanks to a genetic trait passed down from his grandfather, the 10-year-old hadn’t seen any colors in his life.
But this year, his world turned around in a very colorful manner after his aunt, Selena, heard about the EnChroma glasses, which allow colorblind people to see all the colors of life. Also known as the miracle glasses, these spectacles were discovered by Dr. Don McPherson, who has a Ph.D in glass science.
"Clinical trials of early prototypes revealed that the lenses had benefits serving as an optical aid to the color blind," the EnChroma website states.
The fourth-grader’s mother, Melissa, had tried many things to cure her son’s deficiency.
"We've been praying for this for a long time, looking for answers and doing research in the past but nothing was out there that really seemed to be working," she said.
McCoury’s mother and aunt decided to surprise him with the miracle glasses as an early birthday gift, though they weren’t sure if they would actually work.
But they did!
McCoury excitedly opened his gift box, tried the glasses and within seconds tears of joy started rolling down his cheeks, prompting his emotional mother to give him a tight hug.
When the excited family members asked McCoury what he could see, he said, “Colors.”
Overwhelmed by life in color for the first time, the young baseball lover stood up to experience everything that he had missed in his life previously.
"We all felt like we had just witnessed a miracle. He never wants to take the glasses off now, he's completely fascinated by everything around him,” said the delighted mother. "I realized when he was about 3 that he was color-blind as he wasn't picking up on any of his colors or distinguishing between them.”
McCoury was also taken to his favorite game, where he was excited to see fireworks in color for the first time.
"Yellow's my favorite color because when I was color blind it was dark and now I can see it, it's bright and stands out," exclaimed McCoury.
Colorblindness is a common deficiency. It affects approximately one in 12 men and one in 200 women in the world.
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