According to the Social Security Administration, a patient’s visual acuity of 20/80 is not “poor” enough for them to be considered legally blind. According to the Emory Eye Center, patients with 20/80 vision may require eyeglasses or contact lenses to help with the visual acuity required to complete fundamental tasks like writing a check or reading the newspaper.

According to the Social Security Act, a person has statutory blindness if their corrected vision is 20/200 or below. Since there are no lines between 20/100 and 20/200 on the Snellen acuity chart, also known as the eye chart with the big “E” at the top, Social Security considers anyone who cannot read any letters on the 20/100 line to be statutorily blind.

Patients with 20/80 vision may see objects from 20 feet away that those with normal or 20/20 vision can only see from 80 feet away. The Snellen chart assesses a patient’s visual acuity but does not indicate the cause of his vision problems. In order to achieve this discovery and the necessary modifications, doctors collaborate with the patient, according to Ophthalmic Technician.

The American Medical Society reports that, with the exception of three states, everyone who wants to drive an automobile must have their vision corrected to at least 20/40 in the better eye. Drivers with restricted licences are those who need corrective glasses to comply with these rules. Federal regulations are even tighter for commercial drivers than for non-commercial drivers.

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