Visual disorders may affect a person’s ability to work. People may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits so they can continue to support themselves.
Many different types of visual disorders may qualify for disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, these visual disorders include conditions that cause deformities in the optic nerve or the eye. People may also receive these benefits if they have been diagnosed with statutory blindness.
How does the SSA determine eligibility?
To receive disability benefits, people usually have to demonstrate that their condition meets the SSA’s guidelines. People may need to take an eye examination that measures their visual fields. If people experience too much loss of their visual fields, they may not notice details in their peripheral vision. People may also need an eye exam that measures their ability to recognize small details in their surroundings. This is referred to as central visual acuity. Many doctors might measure the central visual acuity a person has when he or she wears glasses or contact lenses. The SSA typically uses the results of these tests to determine the severity of a person’s visual disorder.
Can people receive disability benefits while they work?
If a person’s visual disorder meets the SSA’s requirements and will last for one year or longer, people may be able to receive disability benefits. The Social Security Administration says that people may be able to receive Social Security Disability and continue working. The SSA typically caps a person’s monthly earnings at $2,100. If people do not earn more than this amount each month, they may continue to work as they are able and receive their disability benefits. However, people may also receive these benefits if their visual disorder keeps them from working.