More color saturation through one eye than the other

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by kristinlauman, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. I've been shooting since 1995 and I view mostly through my left eye, but I use either depending on what I'm doing.
    I've always noticed a difference between the way my two eyes see, but today I noticed a huge difference in the way I
    see color saturation. My right eye sees about 25% more color saturation than my left eye. Has anyone else had
    this experience?
  2. I've noticed that too.
  3. Spearhead

    Spearhead Moderator

    This can be a sign of a cataract. You should get your eyes checked.
  4. I agree with Jeff. My opthamologist said this is why my right eye seems to see slightly duller in color and slightly darker, like I have an ND filter over it.
  5. Yep, I'm waiting for cataract surgery soon (one eye). That's classic cat issue, dulling of color, smearing too which comes across as duller. Also acuity is crap with the bad eye as is close focusing. Had to switch eyes on the viewfinder, drat. Any night time issues driving, as that was the first thing I noticed ... starbursts, glare, per se? See a doc, and a good one pronto. My 2.25 cents. Jim M.
  6. Likewise, I strongly recommend you see an opthamologist. For years I had the same thing, color differences between the vision in my eyes... I finally began showing symptoms of a spot on my retina in one eye (previously it had not appeared in exams), so it is well worth checking/tracking.
  7. With a cataract in one eye one often sees less contrast.

    The eye with the cataract often is abit more yellow in tint too.

    It VARIES with the fstop too! Thus a cataract may be more clouded in the center of ones lens (eye) and thus the problem varies with the iris opening of the one eye with the cataract. At night the "effect/defect" is often "seen" less; since light is passing thru the un/less clouded area of the eye's lens. Its like placing some 1/2 inch diameter circle of goo/grease/crud in the center of a 50mm F2 normal camera lens front element; that has a clear aperture of 1 inch. Contast might be worse at F11 than F2.8 for a central object.

    The eye system is only really sharp over a narrow angle. With a cataract one can often "see sharper" and with more contast with the cataract eye if one wears sunglasses; so the bad eye's iris is opened up a bit. The cataract tends to start in the center of the lens; the oldest cells.

    The cataract is more than a ND filter; its more like a "center filter" for a large format wideangle aerial camera military lens; thats yellowish; and grows with time.

    In retouching prints for folks who have cataracts; the yellows show up less and the contast of the entire print is less; thus a "cartooned-goosed" image thats of higher contast and more yellows might appear great/normal in their world; and a fine art subtle tone image pure crap; since the subtle nature is often lost.

    It can also be something more serious than a cataract; so see a proper doctor who should run an eye examination with ones eyes dilated to see whats really going on.

    About one out of ten men are colorblind; red green is common
  8. Its actually worse than a center filter. Its more like a dirty grubby yellowish centerfilter with nose grease that drops both light and contast!
  9. With a way out of focus image of a light at night with the eyes iris wide open; one can see the central lens blockage; one gets a donnut shaped out of focus image on one's retina. It "looks" like the classical secondary mirror blockage on a reflecting telescope; for a way out of focus image. A 1930's medical book describes this.
  10. Kristin,

    I have had this problem for over 40 years that I know of. Everyone is absolutely right for you to see an eye doctor. Sooner,
    rather than later. My problem has started to get worse in the last couple of years, but it is being closely watched by the
    doctor (actually two doctors). You vision is nothing to fool around with. Make your appointment tomorrow! Even if you were
    not into the visual arts, everyone would suggest the same. We all hope it is not anything serious, but it is much better to
  11. I also noticed my eyes see different colors. When I close one eye then the other I can tell there is a change in hue from
    blue to green. I noticed that when I was very young. No body is perfect.;-)
  12. Mine is a very, very, very slight difference in reds and greens between the two eyes. I have always noticed it since I was a little child. No opthomologist has ever remarked on it and I have always chalked it up to a family history of red/green colorblindness manifesting slightly.
  13. Matthew, what you describe sounds similar to what I was experiencing (I don't know your age, but I'm on the far side of 55)... although I pass color-blindness tests, I discovered a tiny slice in the blue-green area while teaching a color design class (long story not relevant). Keep in mind and follow up with doctors... I'm told my retinal "spot" will require surgery at some point... so it's well worth staying on top of it.
  14. For five decades I've been seeing a noticeably warmer scene through one eye. Not really more saturated, but more reds.

    For photography, though, since I had Lasix and converted to monovision (one eye sees long and the other one sees short) several years ago, I've only been shooting with one eye, so I see consistently. ;>)

    I've always wondered if the difference was in the composition of my eye or in my brain. Something that I think I'll never know the answer to.
  15. The way your eyes see colors changes throughout the day, not dependent only on external conditions. Try this: gently press the palm of your hand against one eye (closed), for about a minute; leave the other eye open during this time (feel free to blink, of course...). Now, look at the world with one eye covered (for a couple of seconds), then the other — the eye you help closed will see things as quite more saturated, partly because you've fostered its pupil to dilate in the time during which it was shut. I recall being confused by this when I first started noticing that, upon awaking, either eye would see colors differently from the other; simply, the one rested on the mattress would be seeing colors with greater saturation.

    Of course, none of this ought to be interpreted as recommendation against visiting an optometrist. If you're worried, by all means, seek medical attention. All the best.
  16. ok well its not that i see brighter or darker colours, its just that my one eye is like a darker shade when i see, like i close one eye its like normal, then when i check the other i see a bit darker

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