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What is classified as "legally blind"?

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Dr. Alan Mindlin
52 years experience
20/400: This is a legal standard that means that the best eye can not be made better to see then 20/400 with best correction.
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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
20/200: The legal definition of blindness is 20/200 in the best eye or a field of vision that is 20 degrees or less in the best eye. So technically there are patients with tunnel vision and 20/40 vision that are legally blind!
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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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