Lantern test

A list of organisations offering the colour vision test, originally developed specifically to screen sailors for shipboard tasks requiring colour vision.

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Some organisations which require the correct recognition of coloured signals (principally transport groups such as the Civil Aviation Authority, railways, maritime, naval and air force) depend upon a standard lantern test which imitates actual signal systems. Their use is confined to the trade task of recognition of coloured lights, principally red, green, yellow and white. Lantern tests require the naming of standardised coloured lights of controlled luminance, colour and size, usually in a dark room.

This is not a test that is usually done in community optometric practice, but some of the optometric universities provide this test. It is therefore suggested that if you want to have this test done you contact one of the numbers below and ask for further details: 


  Contact details
Aston University Optometry Clinic Reception 0121 204 3900 
City University Colour vision clinic 020 7040 0262 
Glasgow Caledonian University  Eye clinic 0141 331 3377