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The deficiency of vision where it once previously existed is the general definition of vision loss. The condition can occur abruptly or over long periods of time. There are many factors that can lead to vision loss, stemming from physical injury to the result of the progression of a chronic illness (ex. Glaucoma). Symptoms that accompany vision loss include, but are not limited to, increased sensitivity to light, eye pain, fatigue, impaired balance, and bloodshot eyes.
A lack of vision can prevent one from performing many tasks. Most activities call for some type of visual acuity.
Vision Loss and Social Security Disability Benefits Help
If the applicant’s impairment falls within any of the following categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing 2.02-2.04, then a strong claim may exist. The listings are as follows;
- 2.02 Loss of Visual Acuity. Remaining vision in the better eye after best correction is 20/200 or less.
- 2.03 Contraction of the visual field in the better eye, with:
- The widest diameter subtending an angle around the point of fixation no greater than 20 degrees; or
- A mean deviation of –22 or worse, determined by automated static threshold perimetry as described in 2.00A6a (v); or
- A visual field efficiency of 20 percent or less as determined by kinetic perimetry (see 2.00A7b).
- 2.04 Loss of visual efficiency. Visual efficiency of the better eye of 20 percent or less after best correction (see 2.00A7c).
Any type of vision loss can make work extremely difficult, and potentially very dangerous. The inability to see what you are doing will hinder your performance in any occupation.
To increase your chances of winning your Social Security Disability claim it is important for you to hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to get you the Social Security Disability help you deserve. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a form on our website for a FREE claim evaluation.