If you have poor vision, such as partial sight, you may qualify for disability benefits. To qualify with partial sight or poor vision, you will need to meet a Blue Book listing. Those with 20/200 vision in their better eye may be eligible for benefits. If you do not meet a Blue Book listing, you may still be able to qualify under a medical vocational allowance.
Partial Sight--What is it?
Partial sight is a condition where one’s visual capability is limited. It can occur due to trauma or disease and it cannot be easily corrected by the use of eyeglasses or medication. In addition, various disorders can lead to low vision or partial sight, including retinal degeneration, cataracts, corneal disorders, albinism, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Low vision can also be a result of brain and nerve disorders, birth defects, and inherited diseases.
Symptoms of low vision can include:
- Night blindness
- Hazy vision
- Loss of central vision
- Blurred vision
- Loss of peripheral vision
Low vision cannot be completely treated or corrected, but various methods can help, such as the use of eyeglasses or magnifiers.
Qualifying for Benefits with Partial Sight
If you have poor or partial eyesight, you might be able to qualify for disability benefits. The qualification depends on eyesight in both eyes, and if you are considered legally blind. You are considered to be legally blind if your vision cannot be corrected to be better than 20/200 in your “better eye.”
Your “better eye” is the eye that is less affected by your visual problems and can see better than the other eye. For one to be considered legally blind, the better eye is considered. Specifically, if the better eye is cannot see better than 20/200, even when it is corrected with a corrective lens, then you would be considered legally blind and you could qualify for social security disability benefits.
To qualify for disability benefits with partial eyesight:
- Your better eye is considered
- The medical history of your eyes is considered
- The visual capacity of your remaining eyesight is considered
If the capacity of your remaining eyesight hinders you from performing any meaningful activity or any income generating work, then you can qualify for disability benefits provided you are legally blind.
If you are not legally blind, you can still qualify for some benefits, in the form of a medical vocational allowance. To qualify for the allowance, it must be shown that your poor vision has left you with reduced functionality to the extent that you can no longer engage in the work that you used to do and you cannot engage in any other work in order to earn an adequate living.
To qualify for benefits through the Social Security Administration, you will have to provide medical histories to show that you have been suffering from partial sight for more than 2 years or that you are expected to continue to suffer from partial sight for more than 2 years.
In addition, you will have to provide your treatment records to show that treatments have not worked and that your condition indeed hinders you from engaging in any meaningful activity or income-generating work.
Why You Need a Disability Attorney to Help with Your Partial Sight Disability Claim
It is not always easy to get disability benefits if you have low vision. This is because, although common, low vision or partial sight may not necessarily qualify as legal blindness. One has to be legally blind in order to qualify easily for the social security disability benefits.
To ensure that you have an easier time when you are claiming benefits based on partial sight, it is important that you have a disability attorney who can help you with your claim. If you are not legally blind, a disability attorney will help you prove that you are actually unable to engage in any meaningful activity or income-generating job as a result of your low vision.
A disability attorney also will help to show that your functionality has been indeed limited as a result of your low vision. Further, if the Social Security Administration does not qualify you for disability benefits, your disability attorney will help show that you need medical vocational allowance.
You may need a disability attorney:
- To help prove you are impaired
- To help you in case of an appeal
- To help ensure you get all your benefits
Get a disability attorney to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve, because medical histories and treatment records do not always readily show that you qualify for disability benefits.