HomeVA ProstheticsVA Handbook 1173.12 - Prescription Optics and Low-Vision DevicesSecond Pair and Spare Eyeglasses

12.7. Second Pair and Spare Eyeglasses

a. A second pair of corrective eyeglasses will not be issued to any beneficiary unless there are compelling medical circumstances requiring a second pair. NOTE: Two pairs of single vision eyeglasses, one for reading and one for distance, will be provided in cases where bifocal lenses are contraindicated.

b. Spare glasses may be issued, if necessary, but only as determined by the eye care practitioner (optometrist or ophthalmologist); they will not be routinely issued.

c. When providing spare eyeglasses from any existing prescription, the prescription must be current and appropriate for the visual needs of the beneficiary.


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