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Determining if I am legally blind

It has just been mentioned to me that I may be legally blind, and I am trying to determine if I am. I have researched the US legal guidelines, which say someone whose corrected vision is no better than 20/200 is legally blind. I do not know what my corrected vision is; all I know is my prescription, which is, I'm assuming, my uncorrected vision.

I know that I could just go to my eye doctor and have him tell me if I'm legally blind, but I'm currently living outside of the US (where my doctor is). Can I determine roughly whether I might within the standards for legal blindness based on my current prescription, or is finding out from my eye doctor the only way?

My current prescription is 20/1250 in one eye, 20/1150 in the other.

Thanks for your help!

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Re:Determining if I am legally blind



I'm in the same boat you are.I'm due to go to the eye doc in Jan. and my current prescription is 20/1050 in each eye. I wore contacts for a while but they started giving me headaches so now I'm in glasses. I know I need a new prescription, my sight is really getting worse. Did you ever find out what the requirements were? If you did could you email me at llitlflwer1@aol.com? Thanks


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You need to be certified by an ophthalmologist. Your corrected vision can be no better than 20/200 in each eye. Hopefully, your eyesight is better than this. Good luck.


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I was just recently declared legally blind. To know for sure and to be able to get govt. help ect. you have to go see a doctor.


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"My current prescription is 20/1250 in one eye, 20/1150 in the other."

That would definitely be legal blindness.


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