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A 29-year-old member asked:

does being blind qualify you for disability?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Sometimes: The generally accepted definition of "legally blind" is usually 20/200 or less in the better seeing eye or less than 10 degrees of vision. This qualifies for the income tax deduction and may qualify you for disability. Best to check with your carrier.
Dr. Neal Sher
LASIK Surgery 50 years experience
Sometimes: There are strict definitions of visual disability depending on the governmental agency ie. Social security etc. Visual loss measurement is complicated and depends upon more than poor acuity in reading the eye chart. If you think you are disabled due to visual problems, call you state or local agency that helps low vision individuals. They could provide resources.
Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Depends : Disability is defined by not having the physical and / or mental capacity to work. Vision is one component. It depends on your insurance policy, state and federal criteria and the potential demands on our job. They do have the right to see if you are trainable in another job.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What can I do to help make a successful disability claim?

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Dr. SG Erman
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Family Medicine 35 years experience
Be honest: If you have real injury, and is seeing a trustworthy physician, with documented medical findings, then he should have no trouble getting a successful disability claim. Problems occur when there are totally subjective complaints with no objective findings, discrepancies in the history or contradictory multiple examinations by different providers, dr. Shopping, etc.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What do I do if my disability claim in denied?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Talk to your doc: It all depends on what you have, and how much disability you have, as well as the criteria set by your insurance. Talk to your doctor to see what happened, and why. Talk to your insurance agent or benefits manager as well.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does being on disability mean im disabled?

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Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Disability: Disability is both a legal and medical condition. There are plenty of disabled people who do great things every day at work.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How likely will a stroke lead to disability?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Depends on severity: The likelihood of a disability from a stroke depends on the severity of the stroke, the type of stroke (hemorrhagic vs ischemic) and how quickly one seeks emergency treatment for the stroke. Any suspicion of stroke symptoms warrants immediate emergency care.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What should I expect my conversation to be about with my physician when I have a disability?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: If the disability is temporary an md may discuss physical therapy to aid with a return to normal activity. If it is a permanent disability the discussion may revolve around physical therapy for maintenance of functions and things to be done to improve your lifestyle. Be prepared to discuss your concerns and questions.

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