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What is considered legally blind?

1 answer | Last updated: Apr 03, 2013
An anonymous caregiver asked...

I'm 43 years old and have recently gotten glasses. The doctor said I am near-sighted and also have astigmatism. My vision is 20/50, 20/50. What does this mean and what is considered legally blind? Thank you, Teres


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The Social Security Administration defines "legally blind" as either visual acuity in both eyes of less than 20/100 or a horizontal visual field in both eyes of 20 degrees or less.