Sight Loss Registration

What exactly is sight loss registration? Here we offer you a quick guide to the process and what to expect.

Sight loss registration document

Registration simply means being on your local Social Service’s register of people who are either severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted).

It is completely voluntary and you can choose not to be registered, although it is often easier to get help and support if you are. The benefits of registration include tax allowances, leisure discounts, help with NHS costs and many other things.

Three steps to Registration

  1. Visit your GP or optician who will make a referral to an eye clinic for an appointment
  2. The Ophthalmologist (eye specialist) will assess the distance and range of your eyesight – known as the visual acuity and field of vision. If the Ophthalmologist judges that you can be certified then they will complete a Certificate of Vision Impairment or CVI. Only an eye specialist can decide if your sight is at the right level for registration
  3.  A copy of the CVI is sent to the local social service team who will ask if you wish to be included on the register

In York this is done by YorSensory on behalf of the Council

Patients seen at York Hospital Eye Clinic will be offered a referral to see Vanessa Camp, the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer. Vanessa works for York Blind & Partially Sighted Society but is based in the Eye Clinic. She will send a copy of your CVI to YBPSS so that we can make you aware of the support and services that we offer.