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Partially Blind, Denied SSDI

I am partially blind. I am completely blind in my left eye, with good vision in my right eye (as long as I have my glasses on so the vision doesn't get worse). I have been blind in my left eye since birth. I was premature by 3 months and was in the hospital for 5 months, had surgeries to keep me alive (I'm 29). I've been told, I was given too much oxygen in the incubator/during one of the surgeries and my retina tore/broke/split (I'm not sure of the term). I recently found out that I have a large cataract in my left eye. I have been to a specialist doctor and was told that because the surgery wouldn't help me any, he advised against the surgery and decided instead to just check it yearly. About five years ago, I applied for SSDI and was denied. According to the lady that helped me at the location, I should've been approved and received backpay from the time I was 18 until present (so about 6 years at the time). She said I should've applied/had somebody apply when I was little and should've been getting it my whole life. So, it confused both she and I when I was denied. I just don't know where to go from here. Do I reapply? Find a lawyer? If so, can ya'll recommend some.
Thank you.

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Re: Partially Blind, Denied SSDI

TWO THOUGHTS: (1) Like any application, I get the feeling that they want you to prove your case beyond a shadow of a doubt. It is NOT unusual to be denied. If you put down basic info on your application for benefits, I can see where they will categorically denied the claim. Re-apply. Give all of the medical references that you have no matter how insignificant they may appear. Keep in mind that they have no idea who you are so put forth an overwhelming case of provable preponderance of evidence. (2) How about applying for work at the office that denied your claim? Obtain the skills if you don't have them already. You'd have an "insight" of what to look for on an application. Your option. File again or become part of the solution.

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