Life Video

By David Aspinall

A colour-blind grandad adorable said ‘I can finally see the real you’ after seeing his granddaughter’s red hair for the first time in his life.

George Voss was visiting his granddaughter Jamie Hiskes at Loyola University Chicago for her birthday, when he was given a surprise of his own.

Surrounded by family and friends on August 27 2017, Jamie’s mum, Julie Hiskes, hands a box containing Enchroma glasses to her son Brian.

Passing them over to the 74-year-old, George slides the glasses on and is instantly transfixed, commenting on his grandson’s tan.

His attention is then drawn to Jamie’s locks and the amazed grandfather can’t stop staring, constantly being pulled away from other natural phenomena to stare at the copper curls and embrace his granddaughter.

Jamie said: “It was hard not to tear up.

“I was just so happy that the glasses worked, and he wasn’t too overwhelmed by the whole thing.

“When he first saw traffic signals for the first time, he laughed and handed the glasses to my brother and said, ‘you got to see this, traffic lights are awesome’.

“He and I have always been pretty close, so seeing him so happy about something as simple as seeing what colour my hair is was awesome.

“I guess I always knew my brother and my grandpa couldn’t see my hair’s true colour, but I had no idea it would be such a dramatic change when they put the glasses on.”

As colour-blindness is passed on genetically, the condition has been passed on from George to Brian via Julie.

The glasses were given as a gift to Jamie from a friend who is related to the inventor and she was gifted a pair through that connection.

She said: “The glasses were originally intended for Brian, so the day after this video was taken, George bought himself his own pair.

“He had never really heard of them before this.

“My brother also now owns a pair of indoor Enchroma glasses, a gift from my aunt.

“You can tell in the video that we get kind of excited to hear his reaction.

“At first, he looked around like he wasn’t sure what to make of it, but soon he was laughing and smiling and looking at as many flowers as he could.

“He kept the glasses on for about half an hour later that afternoon and just sat on a bench at the edge of my campus, looking out at Lake Michigan.

“He was like a little kid – very giddy and eager to see everything at once.”