I am blind in one eye. Why can't I get disability benefits?
WHYS IT I BEEN BLIND IN MY LEFT EYE SINCE I WAS SIX AND IT GOT WORSE I BEEN DENIED EVERYTIME I FILED BUT LET SOMEONE WITH A WEIGHT PROBLEM FILE AND THEY GET ACCEPTED NOW IM ON MEDS
It sounds like your eye sight in your best eye does not meet the definition of disability blindness for the SSA.
Several conditions may cause blindness or lack of sight in disability claimants including any of the following conditions:
• Glaucoma - most common are open angle and closed angle pressure builds up in the eye and causes damage to optic nerve or retina.
• Cataract - clouding of the lens of the eye.
• Diabetic Retinopathy - caused by diabetes it affects the circulatory system of the eye.
• Paraneoplastic Retinopathy - the rods of the eyes are affected causing visual loss.
• Hypertensive Retinopathy - caused by hypertension.
• Macular Degeneration - Caused by age the middle of the retina is damaged.
• Retinitis Pigmentosa – An eye disease which is inherited and affects the cones and rods.
• Optic Neuropathy - Insufficient blood flow to the optic nerve.
• Melanoma – Generally occurs in the iris and choroid.
To qualify for disability for blindness you must either meet the listing outlined by the SSA in their Listing of Impairments (your condition must meet or exceed the listing in severity) or you can prove that your eye condition is so severe that you have no residual functional capacity to work.
The SSA Listing for disability blindness includes:
Listing 2.02 Impairment of Visual Acuity: Vision in the better eye after correction is 20/200 or less.
Listing 2.03 Contractions of peripheral visual fields in better eye:
A. To 10 degrees or less from point of fixation; or
B. So the widest diameter subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees; or
C. To 20 percent or less visual field efficiency
Your peripheral vision can be measured by a Peripheral Field Test.
Listing 2.04 Loss of Visual Efficiency:
The visual efficiency of better eye is 20 percent or less after correction.
This listing deals with the loss of both visual acuity and peripheral vision loss. In your records make sure your doctor has calculated your visual efficiency.
Listing 2.06 Total Bilateral Opthamoplegia:
The loss of muscle function in both eyes.