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Can I qualify for the Blind Persons Allowance

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The Blind Person's Allowance offers those that are registered blind with their local authority an additional £2,100 a year in addition to their personal allowance.

It is not means-tested. So for someone earning over £50,000 per annum this allowance sits on top of the existing personal allowance.

To qualify for the allowance you should contact your GP who will have you referred to an optometrist. You do not need to be unable to see anything (be totally blind) to qualify for it, those who are partially blind can also qualify.

For example those with 'high-degree myopia' - an extreme form of short-sightedness - can often qualify for the allowance, as can those with other eye conditions that can cause partial or full blindness.