Objectives: Registration practices were evaluated as the initial phase of a validation study of the Register of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.
Methods: Massachusetts eye care providers were surveyed to determine factors associated with nonreporting of legal blindness to the commission.
Results: Among ophthalmologists, factors associated with nonreporting were small practice size and practicing for 5 years or less in Massachusetts. Among optometrists, factors included small practice size and unawareness of the Massachusetts reporting law.
Conclusions: Information should be disseminated to eye care providers, legally blind patients, and the public to ensure registration and sustain it.