SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Columbia, South Carolina

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH

DIRECTIVE NO. 519-80

(3-210)

TO:                 Directors of Professional Services
                       All Physicians

SUBJECT:      Eyeglasses or Spectacles for Patients

The following procedures shall apply regarding eyeglasses or spectacles for patients:

1. It is expected that patients will enter the hospital with suitable eyeglasses.

2. Patients should buy their own glasses whenever possible.

3. No glasses will be furnished patients within the first 60 days of hospitalization unless requested
    in writing as an emergency by the patient's Staff Physician.  An emergency is considered to be
    an inability to function in the usual manner due to absence of glasses.

4. When a patient is referred to the Ophthalmologist for refraction and glasses, the order will be
     placed immediately with the Optician.  An attempt will be made to have the relatives or the
    patient pay for this order, but in case they are unable to do so the hospital will pay for the
     spectacles.  If the patient demands personally styled glasses instead of Department of Mental
     Health issued glasses, the order will be held up until the Patient's Personal Fund Office receives
     payment from the correspondent.

5.  Spectacles will be repaired upon request of the Staff Physician with an attempt to have the
     correspondent pay for this, but in case of failure the hospital will pay for the repair.

This directive supersedes Directive No. 7-63 entitled "Eyeglasses for Spectacles for Patients.

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January 3, 1980

Distribution- per Greg Kilburn 1-80
SCSH - 40           Hall Institute - 10
CFSH - 40           Tucker Center - 10
Dr. Hall                  Morris Village - 10
Dr. Ackerman       Bryan Hospital - 10
Personnel               COIL - Info