Some levels of sight loss qualify you to be registered as blind or partially sighted. Registering means that you can get access to a number of benefits including:
- free advice on dealing with sight loss
- free sight tests
- special equipment to help you (see below)
- discounts on your TV Licence
- some disability benefits
- discounts on public transport such as a Disabled Person's Railcard
- free or discounted corrective lenses (if these are suitable for you)
To register you will first need to be seen by a consultant ophthalmologist (eye specialist). Ask your doctor or optician to refer you. The opthmamologist will conduct a series of tests to measure your vision and, depending on the results of the test, will issue you with a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI).
If you are issued with a CVI you can then choose to register as blind or partially sighted with your local council. To do this you will need to complete a Consent to Register Form, sent to you by your council. Your council will then issue you with a National Registration Card which will entitle you to access the benefits listed above.