Social Security Disability Visual Impairments Listing and Common Eye Disabilities
There is a variety of medical conditions that cause vision loss. Some of these are:
- Glaucoma - most common are open angle and closed angle pressure builds up in the eye and causes damage to optic nerve
- Cataract - clouding of the lens of the eye.
- Diabetic Retinopathy - caused by diabetes it effects
the circulatory system of the eye.
- Paraneoplastic Retinopathy - the rods of the eyes are affected causing visual loss.
Retinopathy - caused by hypertension.
- Macular Degeneration - usually caused by age the middle of the retina is
- Retinitis Pigmentosa - eye disease which is inherited and affects the cones and rods.
Neuropathy - this condition is caused by insufficient blood flow to the optic nerve.
- Melanoma - it usualy occurs in
the iris and choroid.
I will now discuss the medical listings for eye impairments.Listing 2.02 Impairment of Visual Acuity.
Vision in the better eye after correction is 20/200 or less.
This listing is pretty self explanatory
but it is important to remember to have your eye exams in the file. You should have more than one eye exam
in the file to show you meet this listing.Listing 2.03 Contractions of peripheral visual fields in better
. A. To 10 degrees or less from point of fixation; or
B. So the widest
diameter subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees; or
C. To 20 percent or less visual field effieciency.
As the name implies this is a measure of ones peripheral vision. It is determined by a Peripheral Field Test.
If you are having difficulty with your peripheral vision it is important to have this test to document the amount of peripheral
loss you have.Listing 2.04 Loss of Visual Efficiency. The visual efficiency of better
eye is 20 percent or less after correction.
This listing deals with the loss of both visual acuity and peripheral
vision loss. In your records make sure your doctor has calculated your visual efficiency.Listing
2.06 Total Bilateral Opthamoplegia. The loss of muscle function in both eyes.
see the full listing for vision impairments