If your vision is impaired, you might qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA evaluates visual disorders based on the severity of your condition and the limitations it causes you. Visual impairment could result from disorders or abnormalities of the optic nerve, eye, optic tracts, or brain.
What is a Visual Impairment Value?
Statutory blindness is blindness that consists of central visual acuity of 20/200 or less or visual field limitations that subtends an angle no grater than 20 degrees. Peripheral vision loss can also qualify for disability benefits.
To be evaluated for disability benefits based on your visual impairment value, you will need an eye examination that includes the central visual acuity of your better eye or your visual field extent. If you have visual field loss or visual acuity, you will need to provide documentation that indicates the cause of the vision loss. Your eye exam can indicate some causes for visual field deficits, but some disorders might not show up on a regular eye exam and might require additional testing.
Consult With a Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you suffer from visual impairment that affects your ability to work and perform daily activities, you might qualify for disability benefits. Documentation is the key to a successful claim. With the help of an attorney, you are much more likely to have a claim that is approved. You have nothing to lose, so get your free case evaluation today!