Title 49, Chapter 4, Section 51
(a) As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Applicant" means a person who has applied for assistance
under this article.
(2) "Assistance" means money payments to or hospital care in
behalf of needy blind individuals but does not include any such
payments to or care in behalf of any such individual who is an
inmate of a public institution (except as a patient in a medical
institution) nor any individual who:
(A) Is a patient in an institution for tuberculosis or mental
illness or mental retardation; or
(B) Has been diagnosed as having tuberculosis or being mentally
ill or mentally retarded and is a patient in a medical
institution as a result thereof.
(3) "Ophthalmologist" means a physician who is licensed to
practice medicine in this state and who is actively engaged in the
treatment of diseases of the human eye.
(4) "Optometrist" means an individual who is licensed and
registered to practice optometry in this state and who is actively
engaged in the measurement of the powers of vision of the human
(5) "Recipient" means a person who has received assistance under
(6) "Supplementary services" means services other than money
payments to blind persons in need.
(b) A person shall be considered blind for the purposes of this
article if his vision, with correcting glasses, is so defective as
to prevent the performance of activities for which eyesight is
essential. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations
stating, in terms of ophthalmic measurements, the amount of visual
acuity which an applicant may have and still be eligible for
assistance under this article.