Watch 10-year-old boy's emotional response to seeing color for the first time

Posted June 21

Color blindness affects millions of people worldwide, with about 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women experiencing it in some form, according to

Xavier McCoury has a rare subtype of color blindness called monochromacy, which causes him to see the world in shades of black, white and gray, according to

The 10-year-old boy in Charlotte, North Carolina, was given for his recent birthday a pair of Enchroma glasses that are specially designed to enhance color vision.

In a video documenting this moment, Xavier has a big smile as he opens up his gift and holds it up for his family to see. When he puts the glasses on, he is immediately overcome with emotion as he looks around and sees bright, vivid colors for the first time. He then gets to see the colors of some of his favorite items, including a baseball, an American flag and a baseball helmet.

“Do you think you’re ever going to take (the glasses) off?” a family member asks him in the video.

“I don’t want to," he says. “Thank you, thank you, so much.”



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