As we enter into 2015, you should be aware that January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, aimed at spreading education about the sight-stealing disease.
Each January, the Glaucoma Research Foundation tries to drum up awareness about the disease that currently affects about 2.7 million people in the United States over the ages of 40. Sadly, the number of affected people is expected to increase by about 58 percent by 2030, according to the organization.
As there are no real symptoms or warning signs for people to look out for, glaucoma can quickly hinder a person’s ability to work. Often, people lose as much as 40 percent of their vision before they begin to see doctors about the issue, according to the foundation.
Sadly, glaucoma can cause permanent blindness. It should be noted that the disease disproportionately affects African Americans and Latinos. According to the foundation, the disease is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.
If you ever experience issues with your vision, you should contact your doctor. Additionally, having regular eye exams are especially important and may help prevent unnecessary vision loss.
I Have Glaucoma. Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits?
Many people who suffer from vision difficulties are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you have glaucoma, the Social Security Administration may take into account your remaining eyesight to determine if you are eligible for benefits. The agency may do this by monitoring your visual acuity, peripheral vision and the loss value efficiency in your eye.
If you suffer from blindness or profound vision problems and you have an interest in qualifying for SSDI benefits, you should speak to our attorneys. We offer our services on a contingency basis, meaning you do not have to pay us unless there is a successful outcome in your case.
Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers