Eye problems may not have been your first concern when you were diagnosed with Covid-19. However, if you are one of the people suffering from vision changes after a severe Covid-19 infection, then eye problems may be an ongoing concern for you.
Covid-19 Vision Problems
In 2021, a French study published in Radiology found that approximately 7% of people in their study suffered nodules on the eye’s macula. Currently, it’s unclear whether the nodules develop because of the coronavirus infection or treatment received for severe Covid-19. The nodules may develop as a response to inflammation from the infection or because the eyes do not drain well while a patient is intubated.
Additionally, some people with Covid-19 develop retinopathy, which can cause blindness.
The research is not yet complete on how Covid-19 may impact vision. Researchers are following people who developed nodules to see how the nodules may impact their vision. Additionally, researchers continue to screen people for eye and vision issues after mild, moderate, and severe Covid-19 cases.
Social Security Disability Eligibility for Vision Problems
For Social Security disability purposes, the cause of your blindness or visual impairment is not important. Instead, you may qualify for benefits if:
You are Blind
The Social Security Administration considers you blind if your vision can’t be corrected to better than 20/200 in your better eye or if your visual field is 20 degrees or less in your better eye for a period that lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months.
People who are blind are treated differently than people with other disabilities by the Social Security Administration. For example, if you are blind, you may earn substantially more a month than someone with a different disability and still remain eligible for Social Security disability benefits. In 2020, people who were blind could earn up to $2,110 a month, while people who were not blind could only earn $1,260 a month.
You Have Vision Issues but You’re Not Blind
Even if you aren’t blind, you may qualify for Social Security disability if your vision issues prevent you from working. The Blue Book Listing of Impairments sets forth specific criteria for vision loss that may qualify you for disability benefits.
Contact an Experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer to Learn More
Vision issues may not be the only health problem you suffer after Covid-19. Right now, things may seem overwhelming. You can’t work, but you may not know how to get through the Social Security disability process.
You don’t have to do it alone. Our local Social Security disability lawyers are here to help you every step of the way.
We know how to submit complete and accurate Social Security disability applications to help our clients get the benefits they’ve earned. If an application is denied, then our experienced lawyers can represent you throughout all stages of a Social Security disability appeal.
The first step is to contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Our Goal Is To Make You Comfortable and Get You the Benefits You Deserve
When you call our office with a question, you will get an answer. Our team will not make you wait an unreasonable amount of time for a call back, and we often answer calls—and questions—when the phone rings.
We understand that it may be difficult to come to our Natick office, and we offer phone appointments to make the process as easy as possible for you. You’ve earned Social Security disability benefits through your years of work, and now that you need those benefits, you deserve to be treated fairly.
Contact Keefe Disability Law today to learn more. You can reach us any time by phone, live chat, or by completing our online contact form. We also invite you to learn more about your rights immediately by downloading a free copy of our book, Unlocking the Mystery: The Essential Guide for Navigating the Social Security Disability Process.