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Posted on 12-16-2016

What is Legal Blindness?

By Ed 

The definition of legal blindness is not 20/200!

Of course nobody wants to be blind or called legally blind but many are and many more would qualify but their eye doctor has not told them or doesn't want to tell them. But if they did, they would find that there are many services available to them to help them keep their independence and make life safer. "Legal blindness" is a term we often hear but even most eye doctors don't know that that means! It, of course, is a legal term and just defines a level of remaining or functional vision. "Total blindness" would mean that a person has no useful vision. But what does legally blind mean? Back in 2006 the Social Security Administration updated their standards as to the definition of legal blindness. Now, your vision may be better than 20/200 in the better eye. In fact, you are considered legally blind if you have worse than 20/100 in your better eye you qualify as legally blind. If your eye doctor has one of the newer test charts such as the Bailey-Lovie or the ETDRS chart you may find that you qualify as legally blind.

In the next installment I will discuss field of vision as it relates to legal blindness. Hint: you can have 20/20 vision and still be legally blind! See us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LowVisionSupport

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