Visual impairment can be congenital, can develop, for example as a result of old age, or result from, for example, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.
Note: Although disablement must be caused by a physical or mental health condition, it is the needs and difficulties that result which will determine entitlement rather than the condition itself. As a result, whilst the case law below may be of assistance, it will be important to also look at the case law relating to the activities and issues that affect you too.
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Factors to consider when assessing visual impairment and ability to complete activity ‘safely’ in relation to PIP mobility activity 1 (planning and following a journey)
-  UKUT 456 (AAC)
Ability to understand body language and other visual cues is relevant when assessing whether a claimant with severe visual impairment can engage socially
-  UKUT 244 (AAC)
- Claimant can satisfy PIP descriptors if they only apply for part of the day
-  UKUT 626 (AAC)
- Reported as  AACR 23
Claimant with visual impairment and light sensitivity entitled to enhanced rate of PIP mobility component / Whether an eye patch is an orientation aid
-  UKUT 240 (AAC)