Because vision loss can have such a severe impact on the lives of people age 50 and older, we join Prevent Blindness America in urging folks to get their eyes examined.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 23, 2012
Prevent Blindness America has designated February as age-related macular degeneration / low vision awareness month, meaning it’s a good time to get an annual eye exam to check for signs of vision problems, said Chicago disability claims lawyer Lawrence Disparti.
“Because vision loss can have such a severe impact on the lives of people age 50 and older, we join Prevent Blindness America in urging folks to get their eyes examined,” said Disparti of the Disparti Law Group, P.A.
His firm’s Chicago Social Security disability attorneys regularly help people disabled by blindness to claim benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
About 15 million older Americans suffer vision loss associated with AMD, according to the Macular Degeneration Partnership (MDP). The condition can lead to a loss of central vision, leaving spots of dim or missing vision that make it difficult to read, drive, recognize faces, navigate stairs or even perform basic daily tasks.
Peripheral vision remains intact to varying degrees, making it possible to “see out of the corner of your eye.” But straight-ahead vision diminishes if AMD is left untreated, the MDP says.
There are two types of AMD — “dry” and “wet.” About 90 percent of cases involve dry age-related macular degeneration, according to the MDP. Dry AMD results from a loss or thinning of photoreceptors in the central part of the eye.
Wet AMD is much less common, but it accounts for most cases of severe vision loss from macular degeneration, according to the MDP. Wet AMD involves unusual blood vessel growth in the eye, which leads to blood and protein leakages.
If left untreated, wet AMD can result in irreparable damage to the photoreceptors, the MDP says. Treatments for wet AMD include laser procedures and prescription drugs.
In addition to getting regular eye exams, the Macular Degeneration Partnership also recommends these actions to help avoid vision loss from AMD:
- Quit smoking;
- Eat foods lower in fat and cholesterol;
- Get blood pressure under control; and
- Protect eyes from sunlight.
Disparti, the Illinois disability claims attorney, said victims of AMD-related vision loss should consult with a lawyer to find out whether they are eligible for blindness-related Social Security benefits.
“Social Security disability benefits can help pay for a person’s daily living expenses if they have become legally blind because of AMD,” Disparti said.
Disparti said that the Chicago Social Security disability attorneys at the Disparti Law Firm frequently help people file for SSDI and SSI benefits. They can also help with appeals if an initial claim has been denied.
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Chicago Social Security disability law firm that provides legal assistance to individuals in cases involving Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), railroad disability (FELA and RRB claims) and veterans’ benefits (including TSGLI claims).
Additionally, the firm handles a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, slip-and-fall or premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and inadequate security. The firm serves clients across the U.S., including Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and the Illinois communities surrounding Chicago, Joliet, Aurora, Naperville, Elgin, Schaumburg, Oak Lawn, Bolingbrook, Cicero and Wheaton.
To learn more about the Chicago Social Security disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm’s online contact form.