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Decline in Cases of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

When a serious condition, such as blindness, makes it impossible for a person to continue working in their previous job or to find other employment, they may have to seek disability benefits. Social Security disability benefits are available for certain types of disabling conditions.

CNN Health reports that a study conducted by the Archives of Ophthalmology shows a decline in age-related macular degeneration. This eye disease affects an individual’s central vision and can progress at different rates.

Compared to almost 2 decades ago, age-related macular degeneration is found to have decreased by almost 1/3rd. This is particularly hopeful, since macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness.

Previously, macular degeneration was found to affect approximately 9.4% of those who are ages 40 years or older, where now it affects about 6.5%. Although this is good news, it is still a serious condition that can completely change the quality of life for an individual who suffers from it.

One possible reason for the decline could be a decrease in smoking; however, researchers have not yet examined any potential link between the eye disease and smoking. Genetics are still cited as playing a primary role and it’s important that individuals undergo dilation during eye exams in order to catch the disease early.

Consulting with a Social Security disability representative should be your next step if you have been diagnosed with a disabling condition.

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?

Disability Help Group 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-(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.