SSD And Blindness
Many people in the United States and around the world are blind. In the U.S. in 2012, 21 million adults had some degree of vision loss, according to the American Foundation for the Blind. Of all these people, only a small fraction received Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in 2012. It is important for blind people to know that they may have this important resource available to them if they meet eligibility requirements.
People with blindness are often unable to work. As a result, according to some estimates, many are below or only slightly above the poverty line. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the challenges blind people face in work and daily life. To encourage them to return to work, the SSA allows recipients of disability benefits to earn more income working (Substantial Gainful Activity, or SGA) than beneficiaries with other impairments. In other words, the threshold for earning is higher for people determined to be blind by the SSA.
Find Out How We Can Help
At Binder & Binder®, we know the challenges blind people face. We stand ready to help at any stage of a claim for SSD benefits. To learn how we can assist, please call from anywhere in the United States at 1-212-365-5018. Or contact us online for a free consultation.
Are You Eligible for SSD Benefits for Vision Loss?
Having a diagnosis of macular degeneration, cataracts or retinopathy is not enough to qualify someone for SSD benefits. Rather, the SSA measures visual acuity to determine eligibility. To be eligible for SSD benefits, a person must have vision that cannot be corrected to better than 20/200 or have a visual field of 20 degrees or less in the better eye.
Although people must meet the threshold described above to be considered blind by the SSA, they may still be able to receive disability benefits if their vision loss combined with other problems prevents them from working.
If you are suffering from a disability or blindness and your doctor says you can’t work anymore, talk with us at Binder & Binder®. Our Social Security Disability advocates can answer your questions you might have about mental health disability benefits and Social Security Disability including what constitutes a disability, whether your impairment might be significant enough to be deemed disabling by the Social Security Administration and whether you are eligible for benefits. Call us at 1-800-4-BINDER or complete our online contact form.