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CVI – 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 and 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.

Please note that the DVLA contact information on the Department of Health’s CVI Form is out of date and should read:

Drivers’ Medical Branch, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1TU

Telephone: 0300 790 6806

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5:30pm Saturday, 8am to 1pm

Fax: 0845 850 0095

Ophthalmologists in England should also view the Department of Health England Guidance documents on the completion of the Certificate of Vision Impairment.

CVI information poster for display in eye clinics

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the RNIB have developed a CVI Information Poster Template for Clinics.  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. CVI Clinic Poster Information

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

Patient Film – http://youtu.be/4iX_0_SlLOE

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.

Other related documents

CVI Audit_Template

Adult UK Sight Loss Pathway

Difference between Certification and Registration

Making certification and registration consistent in England: RNIB poster

Benefits of registering as blind or partially sighted

Innovation and quality in sight loss and blindness services: Eye Clinic Liaison Officers

What a difference an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer makes

Evaluation of CVI Workshops Executive Summary Final Accessible Version

Certificate of Vision Impairment Workshops Evaluation Summary

Related links:

CVI Guidance Notes from the DH England

Department of Health CVI Information


RNIB Information on Registration