If you were diagnosed with glaucoma this year, you are not alone. In fact, an estimated 2.2 million Americans have the progressive eye disease that results in damage to the optic nerve and eventually causes blindness.
As part of the major life changes losing your vision can cause, having difficulty finding work is often one of them. Although many visually-impaired people are able to keep their jobs or find jobs in which they excel, that doesn’t happen for everyone, and those people still need to pay their bills and keep food on the table.
Those With Glaucoma May Qualify for Social Security Benefits
Social Security may be available if you are suffering from glaucoma. In order to receive the benefits, you’ll have to qualify under these conditions:
- You’re not working. In order to receive benefits, you cannot currently have a job, and the condition must be severe enough that you don’t expect to be able to work for at least one year.
- You meet the criteria in the “Listing of Impairments.” The Social Security Administration creates impairment listings that feature conditions applicants must meet in order to qualify for the benefits. For instance, if your visual acuity in your better eye is less than 20/200, you may qualify for benefits. Additionally, if your visual efficiency in your better eye is less than 20 percent after wearing glasses or lenses, you may also qualify.
- Your vision problems make working impossible. If you can’t qualify under the impairment listing, you may still receive benefits if you can prove to the Administration that there is no job that you are able to perform on a full-time basis. To prove this, you’ll need medical records, along with notes that indicate how your condition inhibits you from being able to perform daily tasks.
Having an Experienced Legal Professional on Your Side Can Help
If you’re unsure of how to apply for Social Security benefits, have questions, or have already been turned down, the attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert may be able to help. Contact us today to learn how.