What Tests are Necessary to Establish Blindness?

It is important to remember that most applicants don't meet a listing and you may still qualify even if you don't meet the listing according to Omaha Social Security Lawyer. However, in order to establish you meet listing 2.02, 2.03  and 2.04 Social Security usually requires an eye exam report that shows:

  • For central visual acuity, Social Security uses the Snellen test. Vision is usually reported as what you can see from 20 feet. If your vision is 20/20 that means that you can see what normal people are able to see at 20 feet. If your vision is 20/ 80 that means you are only able to see at 20 feet what people with normal vision would be able to see a 80 feet. If your vision is expressed as Count fingers(CF),Hand Motion (HM) or Light perception only (LPO) then Social Security acknowledges that your vision is worse than 20/200. Social Security does not use pinhole testing because it is not accurate enough.
  • For visual fields testing, Social Security uses an approved automatic testing machine. The purpose of the test is to determine if you have a loss outside of your central vision such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy The methodology of these testing machines is approved by SSA.and the machine prints out a report with your test results.
  • For your visual efficency, this a calculation of a combination of your visual acuity efficency and your visual field efficency expressed as a percentage. Listing 2.04 has a chart that aids in this calculation.

The report should include the cause of your vision problem. For more information about vision problems and appealing your denial based on eye problems contact Omaha Social Security Lawyer. For a free copy of our pamphlet Why You Should Hire an Attorney to Handle Your Social Security Case  or  an evaluation of your claim call (402) 933-5405 or email lawteam@cuddiganlaw.com .

 

 

 

Timothy J. Cuddigan
Omaha Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer With Over 40 Years Experience