Home → VA Prosthetics → VA Handbook 1173.5 - Aids for the Blind and Visually Impaired → Duplicate issuance of Appliances
a. Veterans who are furnished aids for the blind may be authorized duplicate aids when the following conditions are met:
(1) The veteran is eligible for such aids under the authority of 38 U.S.C. Chapter 17, Section 1714(b) (see par. 2).
(2) The item significantly contributes to the veteran overcoming the physical or economic handicap of blindness, i.e., it is required for vocational or avocational activities.
b. Spare devices will not normally be authorized to veterans who have been furnished aids for the blind as part of their care and treatment. Unusual cases will be referred to the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) for consideration by submitting VA Form 10-2641, Authority for Issuance of Special and/or Experimental Appliance, in the normal manner.