Can I register as partially sighted if I have lost the sight in one of my eyes?

Many people who have sight in only one eye (sometimes called “monocular vision”) consider themselves partially sighted.

However, an eye consultant will not be able to certify you as “Sight Impaired/Partially Sighted” unless you have a significant loss of sight in your other eye. This is because the sight in your other eye will largely compensate for the loss of sight in the affected eye.

If you have some loss of sight in your other eye as well then it is worth discussing the possibility of registration with your eye consultant as there could be some advantages of registering your sight loss.

More information

For more information about sight loss in one eye, take a look at our monocular vision factsheet (Word, 226Kb).

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