Supporting Blind Veterans For The Rest of Their Lives
Blind Veterans UK , Formerly known since 1915 as St Dunstans state “We believe that no one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone.” But some people whose lives we could transform are going without our help, because not enough people know about us. This needs to change. So, after a lot of consideration, we’ve chosen to call ourselves Blind Veterans UK.
Our new name clearly describes who we help. People understand it straight away.
To be registered blind, you need to be ‘certified’ as severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted) by a consultant ophthalmologist (eye specialist). This also applies to someone with Age Related Macular Degeneration.
If you are already attending a clinic or eye hospital you should discuss certification with your specialist.
Or you might prefer to talk it over first with someone else at the eye clinic such as an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, a hospital social worker or a volunteer from a local society for people with sight problems.
You may also want someone with you to take note of any information you are given.
If you do not attend an eye clinic, you should ask your GP to refer you to a consultant ophthalmologist.
Supporting blind veterans
Blind Veterans UK provide guidance and support to veterans as they adjust to their loss of sight and regain their personal independence. Whatever the level of support they need, they will work with them for the rest of their lives.