An eye injury that required an operation to repair is now legally blind.
The Oregon Legal Foundation said Monday that its “Legal Blind” prescription is available to legally blind people without a prescription and for anyone who can’t afford a full prescription.
The foundation’s website states, “Anyone with an injury that requires surgery is eligible to apply for this prescription.”
Anyone who has a “medical condition requiring surgery” is also eligible, the website said.
In addition to the prescription, the foundation says it will provide information on how to obtain the prescription and a copy of any surgery records.
The Legal Blind Program was established in 1994 by the Oregon Supreme Court in the wake of a string of fatal accidents involving motorists who were blind or partially blind.
In 2010, an Oregon jury found Michael L. Brown, 58, of Yarmouth, was legally blind when he crashed his van into a tree while he was drunk and driving.
In 2013, a jury in Portland found Michael M. Crespo, 52, of Salem, was partially blind when police said he drove his truck into a school bus.
The legal blind program was founded by the Portland-based Oregon Legal Aid Foundation.
The nonprofit has provided legal assistance to the blind and partially blind for years, but it has faced criticism for not offering more information about its services.
It has not offered detailed descriptions of its services, nor offered a link to a legal aid website.