If you are unable to work due to eye pain and discomfort, you may also have concerns and about your future and your financial situation. This is not uncommon. Seek effective treatment so that you can return to work as quickly as possible.
Social Security Disability
In the mean time, in the United States, if your condition is debilitating to the point where you are unable to work for at least a year, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. You can apply online for Social Security Disability benefits.
Because Dry Eye Syndrome and the related co-morbidities are not well understood, it is very likely that your initial application for disability will be denied. If it is denied, you may elect to hire an attorney who specializes in Social Security disability claims to help with the appeal process.
Long Term Disability
If your employer provides Long Term Disability Insurance, you may qualify for benefits. Check your plan benefits, or contact your employer’s benefits coordinator.