Watch: Boy Cries as He Sees Color for the First Time

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An Iowa boy born colorblind can now see some color for the first time in his life.

Cayson Irlbeck was born with a color deficiency. Not only was he not able to see the colors in a rainbow or in his favorite cartoons, but the 10-year-old had never seen the brightness of a sunrise.

After hounding his parents to try special glasses and putting money in his own piggy bank for the groundbreaking effort, the young boy was surprised at their Johnston, Iowa home with a pair that would help him distinguish colors.

His mother Jacque recorded the surprise moment on their backyard deck with her mobile phone.

“We never expected this kind of emotional reaction,” she told The Des Moines Register.

His dad put them on his son's face. His mouth opened and body swiveled, taking everything in.

“Can you see the difference?” Aaron Irlbeck asked his son.

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Irlbeck looks at his father, nodding yes. The two hug and sob. It’s a moment that says as much about a parent’s love for their child as a cure, which the glasses are not.

“Everything popped out at me,” he said later. “Everything was brighter and more colorful. It was mind-blowing.”

While there’s been a lot of crying lately, Irlbeck’s parents say that their son is starting to dream about being in the Air Force like he always wanted.

“It’s been a wake-up call for us. You just take so much for granted,” Irlebeck’s father said. “Then Cayson calls to us, ‘You’ve got to see this!’”

But no moment can top the boy’s as he tells his parents it was “the best day of his life.”


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