In late June, Colton Hurst saw the color red in its true form for the first time.
Colton, who is red-green colorblind, was at a Cincinnati Reds game with his youth baseball team when his dad, Jason Hurst, handed him a pair of EnChroma glasses.
“It was awesome,” Colton said. “I was shocked. I didn’t speak for like five minutes.”
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The glasses can help colorblind people see the true vibrancy and saturation of colors.
Jason Hurst posted the short clip online and Colton’s speechless reaction went viral on Twitter.
“For those who didn’t know, my son is color blind. We were able to surprise him with @enchroma glasses tonight. What better way to see red for the first time at a @Reds game.” Jason wrote.
In less than a month, the video has garnered nearly 550,000 views and 23,000 likes.
The Hursts are a baseball family from Nicholasville, Kentucky. Jason Hurst is even a coach for Colton’s baseball team.
Colton, now 13, received the glasses as an early birthday gift.
Hurst said at first, his wife was hesitant about giving their son the glasses — due to the range of color-blindness, sometimes the EnChroma glasses don’t work for some people.
But they worked for Colton, who has trouble with reds, browns, yellows and greens.
Colton said he likes the “true red” he sees with the EnChroma glasses more than the red he usually sees.
“It’s more vibrant,” Colton said.
The family had planned to give them to Colton on a family trip to Florida during fall break. But when Hurst found out some of the members were going to a Reds game after a baseball tournament in Mason, Ohio, he knew it was the right time.
“On our way home he was like a little kid. Just looking out the window the whole time,” Jason Hurst said.
He said felt like his son was seeing things for the first time.
Colton’s mom suspected he was colorblind right away, Jason Hurst said, because his maternal grandfather was colorblind. A vision test confirmed it when Colton was a young child.
He joked that most people don’t know his son is colorblind and even he sometimes forgets. As a baseball coach, he often tells kids to look for the red seams on the baseball and aim for that.
Obviously, for Colton, that advice doesn’t really help.
Since going viral, Colton has been interviewed by multiple TV outlets and a few times, those interviews have happened in front of his baseball teammates.
“We’re trying to keep him grounded from getting a big head,” Hurst joked.
Hurst said the reaction to the video has been “outrageous.” He didn’t plan to go viral, like most other people who happen upon internet fame. He wanted to show the video to friends and family and hoped the Reds would see it, as well.
“The whole experience has been positively overwhelming,” he said.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: ‘Positively overwhelming’: Teen surprised with color blind glasses, goes viral at Reds game