Social Security Accepts Optometrists' Opinions on Visual Disorders

Social Security used to accept the opinion of an optometrist only for the measurement of visual acuity and visual fields (how well someone sees) and rely on the opinions of ophthalmologists for evidence and opinions on eye disease. Today, however, Social Security will now recognize medical evidence from optometrists as acceptable and sufficient for diagnostic purposes for visual disorders (except in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Social Security will still only accept optometrists' opinions on visual fields and acuity). In other words, like opthamologists, optometrists are acceptable medical sources for diagnosing visual disorders and eye diseases. The current version of Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability should have been updated to reflect this change in the law (see Chapter 5).