Vision Disorders: What is Considered a Disability Eligible for Benefits?
Social Security is a system of government-sponsored care for our disabled and retired persons. A portion of your salary is added to the pool of funds while you work and the theory is if you become disabled during your working years, Social Security disability is there to provide benefits to you, or if you pass, to your spouse and dependent children. It is a safety net that is part of a civil society.
A disability is defined as a loss of mobility, a mental disability, or a loss of vision and hearing.
There are more than 10 million Americans living with vision loss. In adults, the most common conditions that result in a visual disability are glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetes. Traumatic brain injury, stroke, and multiple sclerosis can also lead to a vision disability or blindness. For children, most vision disability originates in pre-birth defects.
A visual disability can affect your peripheral vision or the loss of visual acuity in one or both eyes. A disability review by Social Security may lead to benefits if the agency finds the disability is similar to a condition listed by Social Security. However, not every medical condition is listed by Social Security, for example, there is no listing for macular degeneration.
A doctor’s exam will determine whether you are visually disabled. A doctor performing an eye evaluation will look at muscle function, reflexes, and at the individual eye parts to determine if it is possible to recover any lost sight.
Also to qualify for benefits, the better eye’s ability to see, to use the peripheral field, and to see clearly will all be considered. The doctor will examine you to determine if you have an impaired visual acuity – or an inability to see objects at a distance of 20 feet or more. The better eye with correction should be 20/200 or worse to qualify for disability, which Social Security considers to be blindness.
If your better eye is slightly better than 20/200 vision, you may not be approved for disability benefits. For more information, view “If You are Blind or Have Low Vision How We Can Help” (PDF) from the Social Security Administration.
Get in Touch with our Jacksonville Social Security Disability Vision Disorder Lawyers
Farah & Farah SSD lawyers in Jacksonville are there to help if you need to appeal a denied Social Security disability claim. The appeals process can be exhausting and something you may not want to go through it alone while you are also facing a physical challenge. A loss of vision can mean a loss of employment and the ability to carry on everyday tasks, which can also lead to depression.
Let our Jacksonville Social Security disability vision disorder attorneys advocate for you to build a strong disability case with an outcome in your favor. Call 855-797-9899 today.