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NC DIVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE BLIND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION


Section:

E

Title:

Eye Surgery or Treatment Guidelines

Current Effective Date:

07/12

Revision History:

Revised 01/97; 05/03; 02/08; 04/08; 03/09; 05/09; 12/09; 01/11; 12/14


An individual is Eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services when it has been determined that (a) person has a disability of blindness or a visual impairment which for that person results in a serious impediment to achievement of an employment outcome, (b) that person can reasonably be expected to benefit from VR services in terms of an employment outcome, and (c) that person requires VR services to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain gainful employment. Even though a person has a visual disability, a thorough analysis shall be done in order to make a determination as to whether a disability exists.

Listed below are the specific guidelines which should be followed by VR personnel relating to the sponsorship of eye surgery and/or treatment.

Cataracts

Intraocular Lens Implant

Laser Therapy

All eye reports on which laser therapy has been recommended will be submitted to the Agency’s State Consulting Ophthalmologist for review, except for the following exclusions, which may be approved by the designated VR field staff:

SPECIAL NOTE: In most cases, requests for photocoagulation for background retinopathy will not be approved. In all cases where it is recommended, the Agency’s State Consulting Ophthalmologist shall review the request and determine if it is approvable.

Other Services

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