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Is Keratoconus A Disability?


Keratoconus is an eye disease that may or may not cause loss of visual acuity that is severe enough to be considered a disability. In other words, keratoconus itself is not a disability, but vision loss caused by keratoconus may be severe enough to qualify as a disability.

In the United States, if a person's best-corrected visual acuity in both eyes is 20/200 or worse — whether caused by keratoconus or some other condition — that person is considered legally blind and may qualify for disability benefits.

Thankfully, in most cases, treatments such as scleral contact lenses and/or corneal cross-linking can prevent even advanced keratoconus from causing this level of severe vision loss.

If you have significant vision loss from keratoconus, visit a keratoconus specialist to determine if one of these new treatment options (or possibly a cornea transplant) can improve your visual acuity and eliminate any potential disability from keratoconus.

Gary Heiting, OD

About the Author: Gary Heiting, OD, is senior editor of AllAboutVision.com. Dr. Heiting has more than 30 years of experience as an eye care provider, health educator and consultant to the eyewear industry. His special interests include nearsightedness, myopia control, and the effects of blue light on the eye.

Page updated January 2018