Social Security Disability Benefits for the Visually Impaired: Where To Get More Information and How To ApplyBy Kenton Koszdin on July 26, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
There are special rules for determining eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits for those who are blind or who have low vision.
The Social Security Administration defines “legally blind” when the vision in the best eye, even with corrective lenses, is 20/200 or less. A benefits applicant may also be legally blind if there is a loss of center or peripheral vision that limits the visible area to 20% or less.
Those with visual insufficiency, another disability where the eyes are not able to focus, work together when tracking an object or distinguish color may also qualify for SSDI if the visual efficiency is less than 20%.
You may also be eligible for SSDI if your vision problem when combined with other health issues, prevents you from working, even if you fail to satisfy these rules for legal blindness.
How To Get More Information and Apply for Disability Benefits
If you have a visual disability, you may find it difficult to get SSDI information via the internet.
Publications in audio, large print, CD and Braille formats are available from the SSA. You can reach them at 800-772-1213 to inquire about these materials.
The SSA has a helpful online brochure “If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision—How We Can Help.” You’ll find lots of information on benefit eligibility, special communication devices, and rules about working while receiving benefits.
You may also be interested in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, another benefit for which you may qualify based on your disability. This program is need-based, which means that all your income and resources will be considered and which must be below certain thresholds in order to be eligible.
Let Us Know If We Can Help with Your Social Security Disability Case
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney Kenton Koszdin can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family. Contact us at our Van Nuys, CA 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home.