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Visual Disorders Listings Revised

Empire Justice July 15, 2013

The Social Security Administration (SSA) issued final rules revising the Visual Disorders Listings (2.00) on March 28, 2013, with an effective date of April 29, 2013. The revised rules are expected to be in effect for five years unless SSA changes them sooner. 78 Fed. Reg. 18837 (Mar. 28, 2013); http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-28/pdf/2013-06975.pdf.

The final rules reflect program experience and address adjudicator questions that have arisen since the last changes in 2006. Revisions include expanding the types of acceptable perimeter measurement tools, clarifying the meaning of visual field efficiency, explaining how to calculate overall visual efficiency and how SSA uses the results of cycloplegic refraction to evaluate visual disorders, removing descriptions of some disorders from the introductory text, and revising current listing 2.04 regarding the use of both static and kinetic perimetry to evaluate visual efficiency. Identical changes were made to the children’s listings as well (102.00).