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I hope all is ok.

I saw in the myhealthevet treatment notes last night the words "as likely as not" in regard to my cataracts (I have since had surgery to have new lens inserted) being a result of prednisone use due to multiple sclerosis (MS) exacerbations.  Yes, many, many rounds of Prednisone use for MS.  No BBE yet.  My question is this: are the new lens in each eye considered prostheses?  My husband thinks it is too far-fetched of an idea to which I say: you never know.

Happy Saturday everyone.

:unsure:  H

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Well, "At least as likely as not" is half of it.  It needs to say, The Veterans x condition is at least as likely as not related to y event in military service.  

How did he say military service caused your cataracts?  

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Hi Broncovet,

The optometrist said the cataracts were caused by Prednisone use for MS exacerbations which is already deemed service connected  (the MS is service connected).  I was rated 0% for cataracts in 2005.

So I guess we will see what happens.  Thank you for answering my post.

H  :)

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check this post https://www.hadit.com/less-likely-likely-not-va-disability-legal-phrases-imo/


The following phrases are from the Department of Veterans Affairs “Clinician’s Guide for Disability Examination;”

“is due to” (100% sure)

“more likely than not” (greater than 50%)

“at least as likely as not” (equal to or greater than 50%)

“not at least as likely as not” (less than 50%)

“is not due to” (0%)

The phrase “at least as likely as not” is the legal phrase that is needed for VA to award service-connection for a particular disability based on the “Benefit of the Doubt” when an IMO should be the deciding factor in the evidence of record.

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Dear Ms. T-bird,

Thank you for the link and the information, I appreciate it.  Hadit and Ms. T-bird totally rock!!!


:biggrin:  :smile:  H

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