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What is legal blindness?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 54 years experience
Depends: Legal blindness has several definitions with some variation depending upon the state and the agency in question. Generally a corrected vision of 20/200 or less is legal blindness such as for income tax purposes. Generally a field of vision of less than 10 degrees is legal blindness. All these definitions are bilateral - a blind eye next to a normal eye is not legal blindness.
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Dr. Ronald Holzman
Mammography, Breast Ultrasound 49 years experience
See below. : A person is considered to be legally blind if he or she has a best corrected vision of 20/200 in their best seeing eye. If an individual has a visual field of 20 degrees or (tunnel vision) they may also be considered legally blind.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is there any upsides to legal blindness?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 54 years experience
A few: If you are legally blind you will develop your other senses better. You will make different and sometimes interesting friends and most will appreciate your personality and wit. You will save money on eyeglasses and contact lenses. You will be eligible for tax discounts, public accomodations, and assistance for the handicapped.
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