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Division Policy 8.19

SUBJECT

Cataract Surgery Procedure

EFFECTIVE DATE

February 25, 2011

REVIEW DATE

January 18, 2013

EXPIRATION DATE

This procedure will be reviewed and updated as required.

PURPOSE

Provide guidelines regarding the provision of cataract surgery.

AUTHORITY

FS 413

POLICY

Cataract surgery will be approved when both eyes are at 20/70 or worse, best corrected. Approval may also be granted for better than 20/70, best corrected only in cases where the cataract is the posterior sub capsular (PSCC) type. This means that in the dark room while being examined, an individual’s vision tests much better than when they are outside and where glare becomes an issue.  Each case should be carefully evaluated by the Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor to assure proper justification prior to authorizing each surgery.  The Eye Medical Consultant must approve the request for surgery (DBS – 005 found in the O Drive/FORMS/Client Services Forms) based on the above criteria. 

Follow up cataract surgery, requests for UV-400 Lenses, Photo gray Extra or Tint No. 1 may be approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor only in the event that appropriate instances of light sensitivity as indicated by the pathology and/or the doctor indicates that the person should receive the UV coating. 

Original signed by Joyce Hildreth, Director, on February 25, 2011.