December 1973 Eligibility Requirements Manual

1050.005.00 Sighted Spouse

A sighted spouse is one whose visual acuity is more than 20/200 in the better eye with correction.  In cases where the question as to whether or not a spouse is sighted may affect eligibility, and where it is apparent the spouse has defective vision, obtain written evidence of degree of blindness.  Submit letters, medical reports, etc. that contain a statement as to degree of vision to the State Ophthalmologist, who will determine whether the spouse is sighted.  If there is no evidence, or if the evidence is insufficient, the spouse must submit to an eye examination.  If the spouse agrees to the eye examination, arrange for it in the same manner as for an AB claimant.  Payment is made by use of Form DOF-14.  If the spouse refuses an eye examination, the spouse is considered a sighted spouse.