Monday, December 14, 2015

Getting SSDI for Vision Disorders

If your main disabling medical condition is a vision disorder the best way to get found disabled is if you meet or equal the SSA Medical Listing of Impairments for vision disorders.  So if you are applying for SSDI based on a vision disorder, the first thing you should do is read the medical listing for vision.  If your doctor feels you meet one of these listing it is important to try and get a report from him or her that describes how your condition meets or equals the listing.  This report should also include any test results that support this opinion.  If you do not meet or equal a listing then it becomes more difficult to get SSDI for a visual impairment, because you will have to show how your visual limitations prevent you from working.  This is why it is important to include all your medical conditions even if your visual impairment is your main disability.  For example, Diabetes can cause severe visual impairment but also may affect other parts of your body as well.  One common symptom of Diabetes is numbness of the hands or feet.  So in this situation you may want to document not only your visual limitations, but also the fact that you have numbness in your hands that cause difficulty grasping things, writing, lifting, or typing.  So in this example, even if your visual limitations by themselves are not enough to show you can't work the additional limitations from the numbness in your hands may be enough to show you are unable to work.  For more on getting SSDI for vision disorders read my page on my website.