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Retinitis Pigmentosa and Receiving Social Security Disability

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) refers to a group of inherited diseases that cause retinal degeneration. The cell-rich retina lines the back inside wall of your eye. Your retina is responsible for capturing images from the visual field. People with retinitis pigmentosa experience a gradual decline in their vision because their photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) die. With retinitis pigmentosa, excessive amounts of a substance called phytanic acid accumulate and cause a great deal of damage to your retina. Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited disease. Other than this, not much is known about what causes this disease. You can get retinitis pigmentosa even if your father and mother do not have the disease.  This is possible if at least one of your parents carried an altered gene that is associated with this disease. In fact, about 1% of the population can be considered to be carriers of recessive genetic tendencies that can lead to retinitis pigmentosa. One of the earliest ways that you may be affected by retinitis pigmentosa is night blindness or having difficulty seeing at night or in dimly lit places. Later, there is usually a very gradual loss of side or peripheral vision. These signs and symptoms usually get worse over a period of years. If more than one member in a family gets retinitis pigmentosa, the rate of vision loss is usually similar with each affected member of the family. There are other signs and symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa. Some of these are: The effects caused by retinitis pigmentosa may be keeping you or a loved one from working. This condition may be the cause of you or your loved one’s disability. As a result, do you or your loved one need help? Do you need financial help? Who can you turn to? Who can you look to for the financial aid that you need? Where will it come from? Have you or your loved one applied for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by retinitis pigmentosa? Were you or your loved one denied? You or your loved one may plan on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, always keep this in mind. You or your loved one may need a disability lawyer like the one you will find at Disability Case Review to counsel and guide you in what can be a long and trying process. The reason for this being true is because people who are helped and represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.