February is Low Vision Awareness Month. This is a month dedicated to raising awareness about age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) generally occurs in people who are fifty or older. People with this condition have a change, or degeneration, in the cells that are responsible for sensing light. They may experience blurry vision, hazy or dark vision, or the inability to see fine details. Fortunately, there are medications available to help treat this condition in most people, but some people remain significantly impaired.
But What if Your Vision Is Bad Enough to Keep You From Working?
If your vision remains impaired because of AMD then you may be unable to work. If you are not yet eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, you may be concerned about how you are going to make ends meet.
However, there may be help available if you meet the requirements in the Social Security Listing of Impairments Section 2.00 or if you otherwise qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Social Security Disability Can Be Important for Those With Low Vision
Social Security disability benefits can provide you with enough income to put food on your table or keep a roof over your head. It can provide you with economic certainty during an uncertain time in your life.
As we observe Low Vision Awareness Month, it is important to remember all the ways we can help those with limited vision. Helping friends, neighbors, and relatives get required medical treatment and supporting them so they can live as independently as possible are ways to honor this special month. You can also help them by sharing this information on how Social Security disability can help on Facebook and Twitter.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.