§17-402-22 - Blind and visually handicapped registry

§17-402-22 Blind and visually handicapped registry.

(a) The services for the blind branch shall maintain registers of blind and visually-handicapped persons in the State.

(b) For purposes of this section, persons so registered must meet the legal definition of blindness and the criteria established for visually-handicapped.

(1) Blindness shall exist when:

(A) Central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses; or

(B) Visual acuity is greater than 20/200 but is accompanied by a limitation in the field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.

(2) Visual handicap shall exist when:

(A) Vision with correcting lenses does not exceed 20/70 in the better eye and is expected to deteriorate; and

(B) Vision is so defective as to interfere with the individual's performance of ordinary activities for which eyesight is essential.

(c) Certification for the registers shall be based on:

(1) An eye examination report completed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

(2) Counselor's, social worker's, or rehabilitation teacher's personal observation of the individual's eye condition, when an accurate measurement of visual acuity and field limitations cannot be obtained as in an infant or multiply-handicapped person, or an individual who is home-bound or confined to an institution and unable to have an eye examination.

(3) A review of the eye examination report and certification by services for the blind branch ophthalmological consultant.

(d) Individuals shall be removed from the registers when:

(1) Vision is restored.

(2) They leave the State.

(3) They are deceased.

(e) Registers shall be maintained by services for the blind branch for the blind and visually-handicapped residing on Oahu and throughout the State and by each neighbor island branch for their respective counties.

        [Eff. November 5, 1981 ] (Auth: HRS §§347-3, 347-6) (Imp: HRS §§347-3, 347-6)

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