The Blueprint for Getting Your Social Security Disability Benefits for Retinitis Pigmentosa

If you suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Many eye disorders, including Retinitis Pigmentosa, are inherited diseases which, unfortunately gets worse over the years.

The signs and symptoms include:

  1. Clumping of the retina
  2. Loss of sense of body movement of your eye
  3. Inflammation of your retina
  4. Shrinkage of your retina
  5. Dislodging of the blood vessels of your retina


Retinitis Pigmentosa

Unfortunately, as the disease progresses, the changes in your retina will cause difficulty seeing at night, and even loss of peripheral vision.

If anyone in your family suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa and is no longer able to work, they may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. At Cavey and Barrett, we can assist you with your Social Security Disability claim to help you receive the Social Security Disability benefits that you deserve. To discuss your Retinitis Pigmentosa or any other eye disorder, call us at 727-894-3188 today.

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Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits and Problems with Vision | Tampa Social Security Disability Attorney

The Social Security Administration generally evaluates disorders of vision based on visual acuity, field of vision, muscle function, and visual efficiency rather than by a specific diagnosis like low vision.

There are special situations such as aphakia which is where the lens has been removed. The Social Security will use special rules if one lens has been removed and special rules if both lenses have been removed.

If you also have diabetes, you may or may not have a disabling condition know as diabetic retinopathy which reduces your vision. The Social Security Administration will evaluate your visual problems are part of the body system involved to determine if you are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

You can look at Section 2.0 – Special Senses at the Social Security website, here.

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Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits and Problems with Your Vision | Clearwater Social Security Disability Lawyer

The Social Security does have a listing of impairments for disorders of vision and, if your condition meets a listing, you will be awarded benefits at Hurdle 3. You won’t see a listing by disease. While you doctor may have told you have low vision, macular degeneration, or even diabetic retinopathy, there is unfortunately no specific listing for these conditions.

Rather, the Social Security Administration Listing, Section 2.0 Special Senses and Speech Impairments, looks at visual acuity, field of vision, muscle function, and visual efficiency. Check it out at

Most vision claims are evaluated under listing 2.02 “Impairment of visual acuity” which requires that the remaining vision in “the better eye after best correction” be 20/200 or less.

What is a better eye and why does Social Security care about the better eye? Social Security is going to consider your remaining visual acuity and peripheral vision in both your eyes. If one eye meets the listing but the other eye (the better eye) does not, you don’t meet a listing. If the vision in your eyes after correction with glasses or contacts is still worse than 20/200 you meet a listing. However, it must be BOTH eyes!

It is hard to meet the requirements for a listing but these claims can still be won.

You must develop medical and vocational evidence that establishes you can not do the work you have done in the last 15 years before you became disabled and you are unable to do work in the national economy based on your age, education, and transferable skills.

Have a family member write down what problems you have reading, writing, driving, or even walking because of your vision problems. Document how you might need assistance cooking, eating, or dressing. Help the claims examiner “see” what you cannot as you take them on a tour of your day.

Consulting a Social Security Disability Attorney might be the best thing you’ll do. Nancy Cavey, a Florida based attorney, can help you! Contact her by clicking here or by calling 727-894-3188, or 727-897-9117.