Certificate of Vision Impairment
Sights Set on Certified Success - 23/04/2013
In this clear and concise article in Public Services Review (April 2013) Mr Nicholas Wilson-Holt (Consultant Ophthalmologist and College Council Member) discusses the CVI process and how this can help improve the quality of life for the sight impaired in Public Services Journal.
The Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) certifies a person as sight impaired or severely sight impaired. The purpose of the CVI is to provide a route for individuals with sight loss to he brought to the attention of social care. Read more on pages 10 and 11 of the full document.
Public Health Indicator for preventable sight loss- April 2013
The first ever Public Health Indicator for preventable sight loss will be measured from April 2013. The Indicator will be introduced as part of the Public Health Outcomes Framework in England and will monitor the major causes of preventable sight loss in adults.
Public Health England, the organisation responsible for this Framework, will assess how many people are certified as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind) and have lost their sight from one of the three major causes of preventable sight loss: glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
The eye health indicator in the Public Health Outcomes Framework will measure the rate of sight loss from chronic glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy per 100,000 of the population. The data used will be based on CVI (certificate of visual impairment) registrations and will be measured annually.
CVI Forms for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can be downloaded on the right hand side. The Paediatric CVI form should be completed in addition to the standard CVI form.
A specimen CVI form is available for information.
CVI Forms should be returned to:
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
c/o Certifications Office
Moorfields Eye Hospital
The CVI Form and other related information can also be downloaded from the DH website