Certificate of Vision Impairment


The College believes that an important component of good clinical care by ophthalmologists is the offer of a Certificate of Vision Impairment to eligible patients. The College encourages its members to promote the uptake of the CVI amongst patients who are likely to benefit from it and to facilitate the process of registration as far as it is in their power to do so.

CVI information poster for display in eye clinics

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the RNIB have developed a CVI information poster  It provides empowerment to the patient to ask for more information about certification, registration and support services. The poster also promotes and provides the contact information for internal eye clinic support, where available. Where there is no existing service, it can be used to provide contact information for local support services.

Before displaying the poster, it is important to highlight the poster to all eye clinic staff and ensure they know and understand the low vision pathway/procedure in your hospital. This will allow efficient direction or engagement with patients.
The empty box on the poster can be used to provide details (name and telephone) of the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) or patient support officer if they are available in your eye clinic. Details of the local visual impairment rehabilitation team or voluntary society could also be inserted in this box. It is recommended that you make contact with this team prior to displaying their details out of courtesy.
Videos explain the benefits of CVI
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has partnered with RNIB and VISION 2020 UK to deliver successful roadshows to highlight the important messages of certification of vision impairment. In support of this, RNIB have produced two videos, which can be found on youtube.

Ophthalmologist Film - http://youtu.be/yk0sFBtKNf8

Richard Wormald, Consultant Moorfields Eye Hospital fronts the first video which explains the benefits for the patient and also the ease in which consultants can fill out the form. The second video shows the patient perspective and how the opportunities and support by ECLO and the resulting social services benefits make such a difference to his life.


CVI Form England (122.21Kb)
CVI Form Wales (84.03Kb)

Related links:

CVI Guidance Notes from the DH England Department of Health CVI Information e-CVI Sight Loss Matters College Statement on CVI Forms RNIB Information on Registration