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My glasses prescription is the following: sphere (-10.0), cylinder (-2.0), axis (176). For tax purposes, i need to know if this characterizes someone as legally blind. Not sure if this is 20/200?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Legal blindness is determined and classified as vision with correction.
20/200 is one of the criteria and classification for legal blindness, but this is determined after you put you glasses on.

In brief: No

Legal blindness is determined and classified as vision with correction.
20/200 is one of the criteria and classification for legal blindness, but this is determined after you put you glasses on.
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If this is your prescription and it does not allow you to see 20/200, then you are legally blind in that eye.
Legal blindness for tax purposes requires 20/200 vision or worse in both eyes.

In brief: Depends

If this is your prescription and it does not allow you to see 20/200, then you are legally blind in that eye.
Legal blindness for tax purposes requires 20/200 vision or worse in both eyes.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Yale Kanter
If your BEST corrected vision is better than 20/200 you are not legally blind. The definition includes best corrected vision.
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Legally blind

Without glasses your vision is less than 20/200.
Yes this is considered legally blind but you should see close to 20/20 with glasses or contact lenses. Tax purposes involves those that cannot improve the vision better than 20/200.

In brief: Legally blind

Without glasses your vision is less than 20/200.
Yes this is considered legally blind but you should see close to 20/20 with glasses or contact lenses. Tax purposes involves those that cannot improve the vision better than 20/200.
Dr. Alan Jackson
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology

In brief: No

Legal blindness is based on best corrected vision not just vision.
If this is correctable to better than 20/200 with rx then this is considered fraud for tax reasons.

In brief: No

Legal blindness is based on best corrected vision not just vision.
If this is correctable to better than 20/200 with rx then this is considered fraud for tax reasons.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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