Retinopathy and Disability

Diabetes has the potential to result in a number of complications which can all be damaging to various systems in the human body. One of the greatest risks experienced by diabetics is for retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is not only the most common diabetic eye disease but also one of the most common causes of blindness in all American adults.

Retinopathy damages vision and causes blindness by damaging the retina. The retina can be damaged when new, abnormal blood vessels grow on the surface of the structure. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of eye that is vital for good vision. In other cases, the blood vessels at the back of the eye may swell and leak fluid which gets in the way of the retina.

There are a number of stages of diabetic retinopathy. The first one is mild nonproliferative retinopathy. This stage is characterized by microaneurysms forming, characterized by small areas of swelling in the tiny blood vessels located in the retina.

The next stage is moderate nonproliferative retinopathy. This stage is marked by some of the blood vessels that feed the retina being blocked completely. Severe nonproliferative retinopathy is characterized by a lot more blood vessels being blocked. This deprives a variety of areas of the retina of blood supply which in turn makes the retina send signals to the body to grow new blood vessels for nourishment.

Proliferative retinopathy is the final stage of the disease. The new blood vessels requested by the retina are growing but are abnormal and fragile. They grow along the retina and along the surface of the clear gel that fills the eye. On their own, these vessels do not cause vision loss or symptoms, but, if they break or leak blood, severe vision loss and even blindness can occur. Because the vessels are so thin and fragile, it is not difficult for them to break.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If you have suffered vision loss due to your diabetes and been denied a claim for disability social security, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565 to discuss the appeals process.