Can I register as blind or partially sighted?

You have to have permanent changes in vision in both your eyes which can't be corrected by wearing glasses in order to be registered with your local authority as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind). If you have sight problems like this, speak to your ophthalmologist about registration so he or she can start the registration process by certifying your sight loss.

Your opthalmologist will measure your level of vision and issue you with a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) (BP1 if you live in Scotland). A copy of this will be sent to your local authority who will ask if you wish to register your sight loss with them.

If you are receiving treatment which the ophthalmologist thinks may improve your vision, they may not be able to certify you. You do not have to be registered to access help from your social services or to get help from RNIB. Find out more about registering your sight loss.

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