Vision Impairments

Blindness is a term used to describe various vision impairments. Blindness is generally characterized by the extent of vision loss. Blindness may be caused by either physiological or neurological factors.

The Definition Of Blindness

The Social Security Administration defines blindness as visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. The SSA uses your best-corrected visual acuity for distance in the better eye when determining if this definition is met. The SSA also provides that an eye that has a visual field limitation such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees is considered as having visual acuity of 20/200 or less.

Social Security will consider any eye examinations when considering your blindness. If your blindness does not meet the Social Security definition of statutory blindness, Social Security will consider other factors in evaluating your blindness.

Social Security looks at how blindness affects your maximum ability to perform work-related activities on a continuing basis. Social Security is required to consider the nature and extent of your blindness, and the need for environmental restrictions, unscheduled breaks, or excessive absences due to symptoms or treatments. Social Security will also assess how this condition restricts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, and pull, as well as your ability to perform postural or manipulative activities (i.e. bending, twisting, stooping, reaching, fingering, or feeling).

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If blindness interferes with your ability to manage daily activities or maintain employment, Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP can help. Our attorneys help individuals suffering from blindness fight for disability benefits. If you are disabled because of your blindness, or if you need help determining if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits because of blindness, contact Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon.

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