The Social Security Administration has special rules which apply to individuals with vision problems. In order to qualify for benefits you must fit into one of two categories.
If it can be demonstrated that your “good eye” has vision which cannot be corrected better than 20/200, you will meet the qualifying criteria. This means that if you are 100% blind in one eye and have decent vision in the other, you will not qualify for this category.
However, even if you don’t meet the above criteria, you may still qualify if your vision problem, with or without any other medical conditions included, prevents you from working.
As with every Social Security claim, the statements, diagnoses, and opinions of your physicians are the most important factor that will influence the outcome of your case. If your doctor says that you have medical problems but will not state that they prevent you from working, you may have a tough road. However, if your doctor will provide a statement indicating that you are extremely limited in your ability to work and would not be able to hold down a full time job, you will be in a much better position for approval.
Regardless, of what type of evidence you have, it is always best to consult with a Social Security attorney who can advise you and help prepare your case to give you the best chance of success.