Hampshire County Council hold a register for people with a vision impairment. There are two categories of registration – Sight Impaired (partially sighted) and Severely Sight Impaired (blind). If you are registered then your details are stored on a confidential database and you are given a small card as proof of your registration. It will not cost you any money to register.
The only person who can decide if you meet the criteria for registration is your Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Eye Department.
If he or she believes that you are entitled to be registered then they will complete and sign a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form, which you will also sign. A copy of this will be sent to you, your GP and Hampshire County Council – someone from the Sensory Team, Adult Services (part of Hampshire County Council) will then contact you to finalise the registration.
If you are no longer under your local Eye Department then please contact your own GP or Optician for advice.
Registration can be a pathway for easier access to certain benefits and concessions such as
However all concessions are discretionary and may vary.
If you are registered as Severely Sight Impaired (blind) then you automatically qualify for the following;
Registration cards currently last for five years. If your card is about to expire or you need a replacement then please telephone Adult Services on 0845 603 5630 who will take your details and pass them on to the relevant team.
Tel: 0845 603 5630