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Retinal Detachment and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Your retina is a light-sensitive layer at the back of your eye. It covers about 65% of the interior surface of your eye. Photosensitive cells that are called rods and cones inside of your retina convert incident light energy into signals that your optic nerve carries to your brain. A small dimple that is called fovea centralis or the fovea lies in the middle of your retina. The fovea is where most color perception is located, and it is the center of your eye’s sharpest vision. Retinal detachment is when your retina is pulled away from the underlying choroid. The choroid is a thin layer of blood vessels that supplies nutrients and oxygen to your retina. When retinal detachment takes place, your retinal cells do not get the oxygen that they need. The longer that your retina is separated from your choroid, the greater is your risk of permanently losing your vision in your affected eye. In like manner, the sooner your retinal detachment is diagnosed and treated, the greater is the chance of your vision being saved in the affected eye. Retinal detachment is relatively rare. It happens to about one in 15,000 people in the United States. This represents about 0.3% of the population. It happens most often in people who are middle-aged and older. About 6% of people in the United States have a hole in their retina. However, most of the time, this does not develop into retinal detachment. Even though retinal detachment is not painful, nearly always you have visual signs and symptoms that take place before it occurs. Some of these are: §  A curtain or shadow over a part of your visual field §  The sudden appearance of a lot of floaters, which are small bits of debris in your field of vision that seem to float in front of your eyes and that appear to be hairs, strings or spots §  A sudden blur in your vision §  Sudden flashes of light in one or both of your eyes §  Darkening of your peripheral visual field. You or a loved one may have or have had retinal detachment. Complications resulting from this condition may have resulted in you or your loved one’s disability. You or your loved one may need help if this is true. You may need financial assistance. You or your loved one may have considered applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by complications resulting from retinal detachment. Have you or your loved one already taken this step and been denied by the Social Security Administration? If you or your loved one has decided to reapply or appeal the denial, here is something important for you to think about. People who have a disability lawyer on their side like the one you will find at are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.