If you have suffered vision loss that has left you unable to work, you may qualify for disability benefits administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA uses a medical guide, which is called the Blue Book, to determine a claimant’s eligibility for disability benefits.
If you do not qualify using a listing, you may be able to have your claimed approved using a residual functional capacity (RFC) form, which is completed by your treating healthcare provider. The RFC details what you can and cannot do as well as how you are affected by your vision loss when it comes to performing routine tasks.
How To Use an RFC When You Have Vision Loss
An RFC will help show the disability examiner what you can and cannot do. It details your ability to walk, your ability to stand, how often you will need to rest or reposition, how much you can lift, and your ability to grasp, reach, squat, and bend.
As an example, you are 55 and you have worked as a secretary your entire life. After your suffered vision loss, you could no longer see the paperwork turned in by the employees in your office and you can no longer add up timesheets.
While your RFC can clearly show that you are no longer able to work as a secretary, the disability examiner must be able to see that you cannot be retrained to do another job. When the disability examiner sees that you cannot work and earn a living because of your vision loss, your claim will be approved to receive disability benefits.
What To Include With Your RFC For Vision Loss
When you submit your RFC for vision loss for your disability claim, you will need to provide other supporting documents as well. You will need to submit your completed disability application, and all questions must be answered in detail. You will need to provide supporting medical evidence, including statements from your optometrist and ophthalmologist along with eye exam results that indicate the severity of your vision loss, your diagnosis, and the prognosis.
For claimants seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you will need to provide a detailed work history for the last 10 years, so the SSA can see that you earned enough work credits to qualify. If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is needs-based, you will need to provide proof of income and resources to show that you need the financial requirements and qualify for disability benefits.
Get Help With Your RFC For Vision Loss
Disability claims can be complex. Disability attorneys are familiar with the claims process and know what documentation is needed for a successful claim. Your chances of a disability claim will increase greatly when you have a disability attorney representing you. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to get a free case review from a disability law firm who represents clients in your area.