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Virginia Administrative Code
12/1/2021

Chapter 110. Regulations Governing Low Vision

22VAC45-110-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"DBVI" means the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired.

"Department" means the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired.

"Low vision" means reduced visual functioning. It is the condition that exists when no further medical or surgical procedures or regular prescription lenses are beneficial but residual vision exists.

"Low vision aids" means optical and nonoptical devices that are prescribed for the purpose of enhancing low vision.

"Low vision services" means assistance and supports provided to an individual who has low vision, including preexamination, evaluations, low vision examination, provision of prescribed low vision aids, and follow-up training and counseling in the use of low vision aids.

Statutory Authority

§ 51.5-60 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR670-03-7 § 1, eff. August 3, 1988; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; Volume 37, Issue 13, eff. April 1, 2021.

22VAC45-110-20. Low vision services referral.

An individual who has low vision and needs and desires low vision services may be referred for DBVI services. The department shall document the evaluation for low vision services and the services provided, if any.

Statutory Authority

§ 51.5-65 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR670-03-7 § 2, eff. August 3, 1988; Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002.

22VAC45-110-30. Eligibility.

An individual may be eligible for low vision services if the individual's corrected vision is 20/70 or worse in the better eye and the individual meets the eligibility requirements of at least one of the following department programs: education services, vocational rehabilitation, or rehabilitation teaching and independent living.

Statutory Authority

§ 51.5-60 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR670-03-7 § 3, eff. August 3, 1988; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; Volume 37, Issue 13, eff. April 1, 2021.

22VAC45-110-40. Preexamination.

An ophthalmological or optometrical eye report shall be required before a low vision examination is scheduled. The eye report shall be dated within one year from the date of the scheduled low vision examination.

Statutory Authority

§ 51.5-60 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR670-03-7 § 4, eff. August 3, 1988; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; Volume 37, Issue 13, eff. April 1, 2021.

22VAC45-110-50. Financial participation in cost of services.

A. Low vision examination. An authorization form may be issued by a DBVI case manager to pay for the examination through an appropriate payment source in the department if funds are available. There shall be no cost to the individual seeking low vision services for a low vision examination as long as funds are available as determined by the department.

B. Low vision aids. An individual's financial participation in the cost of low vision aids shall be determined in accordance with the applicable DBVI policies.

C. Individuals who are not receiving services through other DBVI programs shall be responsible for the full cost of low vision services.

Statutory Authority

§ 51.5-60 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR670-03-7 § 5, eff. August 3, 1988; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002; Volume 37, Issue 13, eff. April 1, 2021.

22VAC45-110-60. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR670-03-7 § 6, eff. August 3, 1988; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 11, eff. March 13, 2002.

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