Social Security Disability for Reduced Vision

Social Security Disability For Reduced Vision

Based on a recent survey done in the US, almost 24 million adults in this country have some loss of vision. According to the Social Security Administration, an adult could qualify for disability if they are diagnosed with statutory or legal blindness. This designation includes those who were born blind, those with retinopathy, those who have experienced traumatic injuries, and those with glaucoma. There’s also those who for other reasons have suffered from severe loss of vision which might qualify under this diagnosis.

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Under certain conditions, even if a person is able to continue working, they may still qualify to receive disability. This is based on a number of factors and they must meet all the requirements set by the SSA. If they were to qualify they would get monthly benefits even while working.

Facts And Qualifications For Getting Social Security Disability For Reduced Vision

The Social Security Administration keeps a list of the different health conditions that they consider for disability. A doctor is typically able to help someone understand the language used and may be able to help in determining whether they qualify for disability because of a loss of vision or blindness. Some of the criteria that meet the requirements include a significant loss in the field of vision such as 20/200.

If you have significant shrinkage in your field of vision then this too could qualify you for disability payments. The doctor would need to measure your vision using specific tests and then note what you’re able to see when focusing on a particular point. The qualifications needed require that the diameter of vision is no more than 20 or 30 degrees.

It’s also possible that you may qualify if your vision has become substantially unfocused are blurry. If you experience total blindness this too would qualify you for disability. Your vision would need to be no more than 20/200 even when wearing glasses.

When Poor Vision Prevents You From Working Then You May Qualify Through Residual Functional Capacity Analysis

The Social Security Administration determines a person’s eligibility using strict rules. You will either need to demonstrate your reduced vision or blindness based on the listings they have or you will have to prove that it stopped you from working. If you need to prove that your vision has become so poor that you can no longer work, then this is typically done using residual functional capacity analysis or RFC.

This type of analysis would demonstrate your inability to work, shop for food, read, or even drive. With that type of severe limitation then you could qualify for disability through Social Security. This type of analysis is how the SSA understands that you qualify.

Getting The Assistance Of A Disability Claims Advocate

Not everyone has the skills, patience, or the will to work through the government bureaucracy. This is why you may want to consider getting a professional advocate. They understand exactly what the Social Security Administration is looking for and they can easily assist you in walking through the steps.

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If you or a loved one need help getting your disability claim approved, contact a GAR Disability Advocate today for a free consultation.

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