This section contains links regarding rights and services for the blind and those with vision impairments:
Eligibility for vision assistive devices for adults over the age of 18
- The Ministry of Health contributes for the following assistive vision devices: telescopic glasses, microscopic glasses and special contact lenses for prosthetic eyes.
- The sum of the contribution is 75% of the price determined by the Ministry of Health. Families receiving income support from Bituach Leumi are eligible to receive full funding for some devices.
- The following documents are required: approval from a medical specialist including a clear diagnosis and indication of need for the device, a social report (if there is one), confirmation of receiving a National Insurance allowance (if there is one), price quotes or receipts no more than 120 days after the purchase date.
- In every case, it is desirable to check in the district Ministry of Health office before beginning the purchasing process in order to clarify and/or obtained the specific required forms and documents for each request.
to view the rights of the blind and the visually impaired, as well as the services available on the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services website (Hebrew).
to view a Knesset Research Department situation report on blind rights in 2007 (Hebrew).
to view a Knesset Research Department report regarding laser surgery for vision correction (Hebrew).
to view a Ministry of Health notice regarding permission to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using Avastin (Hebrew).
for a list of non-profit organizations that help the visually impaired.
Translated by The Shira Pransky Project