Diabetic Retinopathy and Social Security Disability
Can I qualify for Social Security Disability with diabetic retinopathy? If this is something you are wanting to know, it is probably because you have diabetic retinopathy, and this disorder and/or complications resulting from it or other debilitating conditions that you have along with it have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance.
Diabetes is not one single disease. It is a group of related diseases in which your body is unable to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood.
The fuel that gives you the energy to do the physical activities of daily life is the glucose in your blood. The level of glucose in your blood is maintained by several hormones.
One of these is insulin. Having diabetes means you are not able to make a sufficient amount of insulin, or you are not able to use insulin correctly. In fact, diabetes can include both of these problems.
The retina is the light-sensitive membrane located at the back of your eye. Around 65 percent of the interior surface of your eye is covered by your retina.
Rays of light are focused onto your retina by means of your cornea, pupil and lens. Photosensitive cells known as cones and rods inside of your retina convert these light rays into impulses that move through the optic nerve to your brain, where they are interpreted as the images you see.
Retinopathy is used to refer to any disease of the retina of your eye. Diabetic retinopathy is retinopathy that results as a complication of diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy may develop in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels of your retina. As time passes, excessive amounts of glucose in your blood leads to blockage of the tiny blood vessels that nourish your retina. This cuts off blood supply.
Your eye responds by trying to grow new blood vessels. However, these new blood vessels do not develop like they should and leak easily.
Sadly, diabetic retinopathy does not usually cause any signs or symptoms until your eyes have been severely damaged. Signs and symptoms include:Gradual vision lossFluctuating visionPain in your eyeBlurred visionDifficulty seeing at nightEmpty or dark areas in your visionImpairment in your color visionShadows or missing areas of visionFloaters (dark strings or spots that appear to be floating in your vision).
Again, you may have diabetic retinopathy. This disease and/or complications resulting from it or other debilitating conditions that you have along with it are why you are disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance.
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Article written by James Shugart
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