TN 2 (10-08)
DI 26010.020 Completing Items 16A (Primary Diagnosis) and 16B (Secondary Diagnosis) on the SSA-831 for Title II and Title XVI Blindness Cases
IMPORTANT: Follow the instructions in AM-12141 REV New Impairment Code 3694 for Statutory Blindness.
Do not use the term “statutory blindness” as a diagnostic term. Statutory blindness is a disability manifestation (in other words, it is the result of a disease or disorder).
In 16A, show the underlying disease or disorder responsible for the claimant’s blindness and show “statutory blindness” in parentheses following the disease or disorder.
In the rare instances when blindness is a manifestation of a secondary disease or disorder, show the disease or disorder, followed by “(statutory blindness)” in Item 16B.
See DI 26510.015, “Completion of Item 16A and 16B - (Primary and Secondary Diagnosis, Body System Code and Impairment Code)” for background on establishing diagnoses and impairment codes.
See DI 26010.025B, third bullet, for claims with a traumatic onset.
REMINDER: Under Title II, only a wage earner can meet the requirements for “statutory blindness”; i.e., a claimant for Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) or Disabled Widow(er) Benefits (DWB) cannot be “statutorily blind.” However, for CDB and DWB claims involving work activity after 1978, a disability determination services (DDS) determination as to whether the CDB or DWB meets the requirements for statutory blindness may be necessary to determine which earnings guidelines to apply when evaluating work activity. For further discussion of this issue, see DI 26001.010A, “Jurisdiction of Blindness Cases.”