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Disability Claims for Eye Diseases and Impaired Vision


Numerous conditions cause eye disease and impaired vision. Loss of eyesight can present a tremendous obstacle to earning a living. If your claim for disability benefits for an eye impairment was denied, do not hesitate to contact Mehr Fairbanks Trial Lawyers. We help disabled workers fight back and win denied long term disability benefits for blindness, various levels of visual impairment, eye diseases and other chronic eye problems.

If you were unjustly denied disability benefits, do not give up. What seems like an uphill battle can be fought and won, with an experienced and focused legal team at your side.

Over 50 named eye conditions exist. Serious problems can happen suddenly or gradually. Some eye impairments that lead to disability claims are more common than you might expect, including:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy (blood vessels in the retina change)
  • Glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve)
  • Hemianopia (partial or full loss of vision in the left or right half of the field of vision in one or both eyes – common after stroke or brain injury)
  • Keratitis (corneal ulcer)
  • Macular Degeneration (breakdown of the eye’s macula, a small part of the retina responsible for central vision)
  • Nystagmus (uncontrollable eye movements, likely neurological)
  • Ocular herpes (type 1 herpes simplex virus of the eye)
  • Ocular melanoma (cancer)

Other diseases or injuries—such as Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, brain injury, stroke, infections, detached or torn retina—may cause serious vision loss or disabling effects of blindness, blurred or double vision, or severe sensitivity to light

Disability Insurance Claims for Eye Diseases

If you have a private disability policy or a group disability plan, you may be entitled to long-term disability insurance benefits for loss of vision. However, insurance companies are highly skeptical of disability claims for vision impairments or blindness.

Insurance providers are quick to protect their own interests, which often means they find ways to deny legitimate claims. Many insurance carriers simply do not recognize the seriousness of eye diseases as a disabling medical condition. Disability providers may deny claims on the premise that a person who is visually impaired can still function and work, and that eye problems are generally treatable.

While short term disability benefits for blindness or vision loss may be quickly awarded under a policy, long term disability benefits can become much more complicated under the same policy.

Contact Us Today

Don’t let severe vision impairment devastate your family’s finances. If your insurance company won’t pay, speak with an attorney at Mehr Fairbanks Trial Lawyers today. Our law firm is here to fight for your right to the long-term disability insurance benefits you deserve. Please call toll free at 800-249-3731.

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