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Applying for Social Security due to blindness

If you can be classified as legally blind, then you will be qualified for disability benefits. However, if you are trying to pursue benefits under the Social Security Administration (SSA), you may have to provide other information in order to be eligible.

There are SSA guidelines in place that need to be met in order for a person to qualify for his or her benefits. Only applicants that have a severe impairment relating to their vision will be considered; therefore, being legally blind is not enough on its own..

What are the SSA's guidelines for those who are vision impaired?

In order to qualify for SSA benefits, both eyes must be severely affected. In your stronger eye, your lower central visual acuity should be less than 20/200, as well as less that a 20 degree lower visual field diameter.

If you suffer from partial blindness, your application will need to be reviewed in a different way. No matter what kind of blindness you suffer from, your medical notes will need to be assessed by the SSA, as well as your working history, and the way you are able to live your day-to-day life.

How to prepare for an SSA assessment

You should have all the test results ready to be sent when you make your application. You should also ensure that your optician understands the SSA criteria when testing you.

If you are struggling to receive SSA benefits as a vision-impaired person, it is important that you review the criteria throughly and understand why you have been denied before taking the case further.

Source: Disability Benefits Help, "Tips on Applying for Disability with Partial Blindness," accessed Feb. 07, 2018

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