Disabling eye conditions can make it difficult to maintain a normal life, and workers who suffer from these conditions may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. There are many different types of disabling eye conditions that qualify for Social Security disability. In order to determine if you are eligible for disability benefits as a […]
Category: Eye Disorders
If your insurance company has wrongly denied your claim for macular edema disability, or you have questions about the disability claim process for vision loss, we urge you to contact us.
At the law firm of Marc Whitehead & Associates, we understand the many difficulties macular edema can bring, and your need to obtain long term disability benefits. Vision loss from macular edema threatens your ability to engage in a host of daily activities such as working, driving, reading, and a multitude of routine and simple tasks, and can ultimately lead to blindness.
As attorneys who handle macular degeneration disability claims, we understand why this common condition is so crippling. An incurable eye disease, millions of people across the United States suffer from some stage of macular degeneration.
The disorder can cause vision to become so impaired that you can no longer perform your material job duties, or the duties of any job. If you have filed a disability claim for macular degeneration with your insurance company, you may be shocked to learn that the insurer denied your claim saying that you are not disabled under the policy.
Numerous conditions cause eye disorders and impaired vision. Loss of eyesight can present a tremendous obstacle to earning a living.
If your claim for disability benefits for an eye impairment was denied, do not hesitate to contact us. We help disabled workers and veterans fight back and win denied long term disability benefits for blindness, various levels of visual impairment, eye disease and other chronic eye problems.
If you were unjustly denied disability benefits, do not give up. What seems like an uphill battle can be fought and won, with an experienced and focused legal team at your side.
Visual acuity relates to your ability to see things at a distance and see detail. Your visual field reflects how wide of an angle you can see at – vertical and horizontal. Visual efficiency combines both of these things. If you are experiencing a loss of visual efficiency, it means you can only see things within a narrow window, and that the clarity isn’t very good, even in that window.
Poor visual efficiency not only impacts your ability to hold a job but also to successfully engage in the activities of daily living, so it’s no surprise the Social Security Administration has included it in their Listings of Impairments. This compendium of disorders lists every single disability that Social Security recognizes and includes a definition and criteria to qualify for benefits for each one.
A normal person has a pretty wide visual field. They can see 60 degrees inward (toward their nose), 100 degrees outward (away from their nose), 75 degrees below the horizontal, and 60 degrees above it. If you’re having trouble imagining what those numbers really mean, think about how you can often see something “out of the corner of your eye.” This ability is related to the height and width of your visual field.
But for those whose visual field is contracting, this is an impossibility. Rather than the panorama that most of us are used to, seeing for them is more like looking through a tunnel. As you might imagine, this inability to see anything that isn’t right in front of you can make even simple tasks daunting. Those with a severe visual field contraction often have trouble finding and keeping a job.
When you are talking about visual acuity, you are dealing with the ability to effectively see detail. That means being about to do things like read or make out small objects when they are at a significant distance from you. Obviously, if you are unable to do this, it can pose a serious roadblock to your ability to perform at many different kinds of jobs or even live a normal life.
That is why the Social Security Administration includes a Loss of Visual Acuity as a disability that can qualify you for Social Security benefits. But you have to prove that you are eligible before you can start receiving those benefits. That means that you either need to: