Definition of chromatopsia in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Abnormally coloured vision, a rare symptom with various causes.

    • ‘Persons who have chromatopsia do not have cone vision.’
    • ‘In most cases, nothing abnormal is noticed immediately except the dazzling sensation; it is only after that a cloud floats with irregular undulations before the eyes, associated with irritating after-images, photophobia, photopsia and chromatopsia.’
    • ‘Color vision can be disturbed; chromatopsia is most common for yellow and green but less frequently red, brown and blue vision can occur.’
    • ‘Xanthopsia is a form of chromatopsia, a distortion in color vision, in which objects appear more yellow than they truly are.’
    • ‘Medications used in cardiology, especially antiarrhytmic digitalis and amiodarone, cause ocular disturbances producing chromatopsia (yellow or green tint), blurred vision, and corneal microdeposits or deposits of lens during amiodarone treatment.’


Mid 19th century: from chromato- ‘colour’ + Greek -opsia ‘seeing’.