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Utah Lawyer — Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits for Vision Loss

Vision problems in both eyes that keep you from driving may be severe enough for you to qualify for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits. At my Orem, Utah, law office, I help people with vision loss successfully apply for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits.

Talk with Me about How Vision Loss May Qualify You for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits — Craig McAllister — (866) 520-0222

What kind of vision problems are considered disabling?

Vision impairments of the eye, optic nerve, optic tracts, or brain can all cause vision problems that are considered disabling. The main functional limitations considered are those that limit your ability to distinguish detail, read, or do fine work. You may also be disabled from loss of visual field, i.e. your peripheral vision. Please note: Many with severe impairments or even total loss of one eye may consider themselves disabled, but, as explained below, all visual impairments required for a finding of disability are of the better eye. So, even total blindness or total loss of one eye when the other one still works pretty well is not considered disabling enough for disability benefits on its own. As a rough guideline for evaluating yourself for disability based on vision loss, if you still see well enough to drive legally you are probably not blind enough to get disability benefits.


Testing required: To evaluate your visual disorder, an eye examination is required that includes measurements of best-corrected visual acuity or the extent of the visual fields, as appropriate as well as the cause of any loss of either.


Limitation required: To be found disabled due to vision problems you must have one or more of the following limitations:

  1. Vision in your better eye is 20/200 or less with corrective lenses.
    OR
  2. Contraction of your visual field in the better eye with:
    a. The widest diameter subtending an angle around the point of fixation no greater than 20 degrees, OR
    b. A mean deviation of -22 or worse, determined by automatic static threshold perimetry, OR
    c. A visual field efficiency of 20 percent or less as determined by kineticperimetry.
    OR
  3. Loss of visual efficiency of the better eye of 20 percent or less after best correction.

Sample clients for whom I won benefits as a result of vision problems:

In January 2014
 
A 47 year old former training and placement officer, general laborer, operator assistant, custodian, and computer systems manager who could no longer work because of rod-cone dystrophy and pigmentary retinal dystrophy causing total blindness.
 
Talk with an Attorney about Your Social Security Disability Benefits

When you call my law office, you will speak to me — not a secretary, paralegal or a junior lawyer. I talk personally with clients. I make sure that clients get the help they deserve with the Social Security Disability and SSI benefits they need. For a free initial consultation, contact me toll-free at (866) 520-0222