There’s no question that eye issues can severely impact your ability to work. A common misconception is that you must be completely blind and declared legally blind before receiving disability benefits.
However, this isn’t always the case. In fact, a few eye conditions impact your ability to work so severely that it is possible to recover benefits. Knowing these will help you know if you should apply to start receiving SSDI benefits.
Low vision or partial site
This condition occurs when you have limited visual ability. It’s typically caused by other medical conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.
This is another type of partial vision loss where half of your visual field is compromised. Usually, it’s caused by damage to the optic nerve. This may occur because of a TBI, epilepsy, stroke, lymphoma or multiple sclerosis.
This is a rare type of cancer that impacts the uveal tract. If you develop this condition, you may have floating specks and wavy lines in your vision. Sometimes retinal detachment occurs, as well. Like other types of cancer, it can spread to other parts of your body, but the vision issues it causes will typically be enough to qualify for SSDI benefits.
Your doctor’s role in SSDI benefits
To recover SSDI benefits, you need information from your doctor. This will prove how severe the condition is and show why the benefits are needed.
Even with information from your doctor, some claims for benefits are denied. In this case, you have the right to appeal to get the benefits you need. In some situations, it’s a good idea to seek legal advice to ensure you take the right steps and gain the best chance of receiving the benefits you deserve.