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Delayed Treatment of Cataracts Can Cause Unnecessary Agony


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1/10/2011
Advocate for the Disabled
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If you have been diagnosed with a severe condition that has caused you to become disabled, you may qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Prevent Blindness America reports that the leading cause of blindness for seniors in the United States is cataracts. However the treatment for cataracts is often delayed due to misinformation.

Ophthalmologists point out that every case is unique, so taking advice from an outside source is never a good idea. There are also some common myths that play into the delay of treatment.

For instance, some believe that cataracts are a growth on the eye but the U.S. National Eye Institute says that it's a matter of the eye lens becoming cloudy. If the cloudiness progresses, it makes vision difficult and could eventually lead to blindness.

Cataracts don't just affect seniors, however. There are more than 20 million people in the United States who are 40 years and older that have cataracts.

Risk factors for developing cataracts include:

 

·      genetics;

·      smoking;

·      diabetes;

·      steroid use; and

·      severe nearsightedness.

 

The timeline for beginning treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Most experts recommend that treatment be sought once it begins to interfere with an individual's ability to work or it disrupts their quality of life.

If it does progress, 95% of those who undergo cataract surgery experience success. Cataract surgery is fairly non-invasive and generally has no complications.

Consulting with a Social Security disability representative should be your next step if you need assistance in applying for Social Security disability benefits because your medical condition makes it impossible for you to work.

When you are interviewing Social Security Disability representatives ask critical questions, like: how many Social Security Disability hearings do you have per month; do you understand the SSA's POMS (the manual Social Security employees use to process claims); and, do you understand the date last insured and how it affects my disability onset date?

The Law Offices of LaVan & Neidenberg, located in Atlanta, Georgia represent over 5000 disability claimants. Our disability representatives have experience with cross examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Contact us today at 1-888-234-5758 for a FREE consultation.



Category: Social Security Disability


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