Good vision is something we take for granted until it’s gone.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) February 23, 2012
As a reminder to get regular eye exams, Prevent Blindness America has designated February age-related macular degeneration / low vision awareness month. Cleveland Social Security disability lawyer Lawrence Disparti said he fully supports the group’s efforts.
“Good vision is something we take for granted until it’s gone,” said Disparti of the Ohio Social Security disability benefits law firm, Disparti Law Group, P.A.
“A quick eye exam could help you avoid vision loss from age-related macular degeneration, also called AMD,” he said. “AMD is not rare. Millions of people over age 50 have vision loss from AMD throughout the United States. It is a serious issue.”
Disparti has seen the problems vision loss can cause. His firm’s Cleveland 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).
According to Prevent Blindness America, AMD is a disease that affects a part of the eye called the macula. The condition can make things look blurry or wavy. It can even lead to a blind spot in your central vision. While your peripheral vision might remain good, AMD can make it difficult to focus on anything right in front of you.
“The loss of central vision that comes from AMD can be debilitating,” Disparti said. “Not being able to focus makes basic life tasks difficult or impossible to perform. These can include driving a car, reading and writing, looking at a computer screen, recognizing people and even walking around your own house.”
Most people with macular degeneration have what is known as “dry AMD,” according to the Macular Degeneration Partnership (MDP). Dry AMD usually causes vision loss that is less severe than the less common “wet AMD.” However, there are surgical and medicinal treatments for wet AMD, while little can be done for dry AMD, the MDP says.
The good news is that there are things people can do to decrease their chances of developing AMD or decrease the disease’s impact. The MDP suggests:
- Getting regular eye examinations;
- Improving one’s diet with foods that have less fat and cholesterol;
- Doing more physical activity;
- Stopping smoking; and
- Wearing sunglasses and a hat or visor to shield the eyes from dangerous UV rays.
Disparti, the Cleveland disability claims attorney, stressed that people who have lost their vision due to AMD or other causes should talk to a qualified Ohio benefits attorney to see if they qualify for blindness-related SSDI or SSI payments.
“A person who is unable to work because of blindness caused by AMD might be entitled to receive cash benefits from Social Security’s disability programs,” Disparti said.
He said his law firm has experience with helping Cleveland and Ohio residents to get the disability benefits they deserve. The firm’s Social Security disability lawyers can also help with the disability appeals process if an initial benefits claim is rejected.
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Cleveland 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, Illinois, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and the Ohio communities surrounding Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Elyria, Lorain, Mentor, Parma, Warren and Youngstown.
To learn more about the Cleveland Social Security disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm’s online contact form.