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How do I determine if I'm legally blind?

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Your doctor will check your vision during a standard eye exam.

They will measure your eyesight while you’re wearing glasses or contact lenses. Your vision might fall below 20/200 without them. If it improves when you put on your glasses or contacts, you’re not considered legally blind.

SOURCES:

American Foundation for the Blind/VisionAware: “Low Vision and Legal Blindness Terms and Descriptions.”

American Optometric Association: “Visual Acuity: What is 20/20 Vision?”

American Foundation for the Blind: “Civil Rights Issues Facing the Blind and Visually Impaired in Illinois.”

Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D., senior policy researcher, American Foundation for the Blind, Washington, DC

American Medical Association Journal of Ethics: “Legal Vision Requirements for Drivers in the United States.”           

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on October 5, 2020

SOURCES:

American Foundation for the Blind/VisionAware: “Low Vision and Legal Blindness Terms and Descriptions.”

American Optometric Association: “Visual Acuity: What is 20/20 Vision?”

American Foundation for the Blind: “Civil Rights Issues Facing the Blind and Visually Impaired in Illinois.”

Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D., senior policy researcher, American Foundation for the Blind, Washington, DC

American Medical Association Journal of Ethics: “Legal Vision Requirements for Drivers in the United States.”           

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on October 5, 2020

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