Social Security Disability Benefits for Statutory Blindness in Michigan & Ohio

For people with blindness, Social Security recognizes that your visual limitation can make it particularly difficult to work and earn a living.

Blindness can qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits—providing monthly income assistance and access to Medicare or Medicaid health care. And providing a foundation for a better life.

While the primary requirement to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is that you must be unable to work because of your health impairments, if you live with blindness, you can work and earn more than people with other conditions and still be approved.

Social Security calls this limit “substantial gainful activity,” or SGA. As of 2023, the SGA rules said you couldn’t receive disability benefits if you could work and earn more than these amounts:

  • $1,470 a month for people without blindness
  • $2,460 a month for people with blindness

The higher amount for individuals with blindness reflects the challenges severely visually impaired people face securing regular work with more hours and higher pay.

To win disability benefits with blindness, you’ll need to provide detailed results of eye exams, information on your work history and more.

In Michigan and Ohio, get help from the disability lawyers at Levine Benjamin Law Firm. We’ve helped more than 80,000 people in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Toledo and every city in our two states.

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<h2How to Qualify for Social Security Disability with Statutory Blindness

To prove you have what Social Security calls “statutory blindness” for the purposes of receiving disability benefits, the disability program will look at measures of your vision such as these:

  • Reports from eye exams, including Snellen chart tests
  • Hand motion and counting fingers tests
  • Light perception measurements
  • Testing with a specialized lens
  • Cycloplegic refraction exams using eye drops
  • Visual evoked response (VER) testing of your reaction to events
  • For a determination of statutory blindness, your tests and medical evidence must conclude that:

  • You have visual acuity of 20/200 or less with corrective lenses.
  • You have highly limited peripheral vision.
  • To gather your medical evidence, help you fill out forms, and make the process of applying for disability benefits easier, work with a disability attorney from Levine Benjamin.

    You pay no attorney fee unless you win benefits. And you can start with a conversation—also free—about how to pursue your disability claim for statutory blindness.

    Working with a Social Security Disability Lawyer on Your Benefits Claim for Statutory Blindness

    Depending on the severity of your blindness, your training, your work background, your age and more, you may or may not be able to win disability benefits.

    Many people who apply for benefits end up getting denied.

    An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer helps you through this tangled process.
    Your Levine Benjamin disability lawyer will:

    • Make sure your Social Security Disability forms are filled out correctly
    • Gather your medical evidence from doctors and eye exams
    • Collect statements from friends and family about how blindness affects your daily life
    • Build your legal argument for benefits if you are initially denied
    • Represent you in front of a disability judge when you appeal your denial

    The Michigan disability lawyers at Levine Benjamin have been through this process thousands of times, so you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

    We’ve worked with many clients who have blindness. We know what to look for in a strong disability benefits claim, including other health conditions or circumstances that complicate your ability to work—and complicated your life.

    This is about more than winning a monthly check. It’s about your independence.

    Let’s get started on a better future for you.

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