When it comes to our physical capabilities, such as the ability to see,
hear, walk, and use our hands, most people would agree that sight is perhaps
the most important ability to have.
We need to see so we can read and learn, so we can drive places, and so
we can walk without stumbling, tripping or falling.
When our vision becomes impaired, or when we lose it completely, we become
afflicted with one of the greatest disabilities there is. Every aspect
of our life is impacted, and this cannot be stressed enough.
Considering the full ramifications of vision loss, it’s no wonder
that people who are blind or low vision apply for
Social Security Disability and SSI benefits.
If you cannot see due to blindness, the Social Security Administration
has established special rules that allow you to receive SSDI benefits
when you are incapable of working.
The SSA benefits pay benefits to blind individuals under two of its programs,
including the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and the Social
Security Disability (SSDI) program.
Both programs follow the same medical rules in regards to determining if
someone is blind, but other rules are not the same.
What qualifies as blind?
Under the SSA’s medical rules, what qualifies as blind? An applicant
may qualify for disability benefits if they are blind, providing their
vision is not better than 20/200 in their better eye, or if the person’s
visual field is no more than 20 degrees in their better eye.
Even if your vision does not meet the above definition of blindness, you
still may be able to obtain SSDI benefits. For you to qualify, your vision
problems by themselves, or your combined health problems would have to
prevent you from working.
In order for you to receive disability benefits, you must have worked long
enough where you paid Social Security taxes for future benefits. On the
other hand, with the SSI program, it’s not necessary for you to
have paid into the system. Rather, your income and resources must be low
enough for you to qualify.
If you are interested in applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, please
contact our firm to meet with a Dallas Social Security Disability lawyer!