Your eyes are the window to your world. Losing the sight in one of them changes your view……but it need not change your life.
The blinding of an eye, or the removal of the eye itself, as the result of an accident, injury or disease, can be distressing, if not devastating experience for anyone.
Not only does it affect how you see – it can affect in physical terms how others see you. A damaged eye can alter your image in more ways than one – and thereby your confidence and self esteem.
But despite the initial trauma and practical challenges, most people soon get back to a normal way of life.
With a little help, information and understanding YOU TOO can come to terms with living, successfully, with Monocular Vision.
OneVision is the only UK registered charity dedicated to helping people through the various experiences of sight loss in (or removal of) one eye……and to move on!
Set up as a local service in Northamptonshire in 1998, it quickly developed into a national telephone Helpline in response to the apparent need for support across the country.
OneVision is a friendly, informal service offering straight-forward and practical information and a signpost to other services.
For your information
A question of registration
No, you can’t be registered as Partially Sighted if you lose the sight in one eye. There has to be substantial sight reduction in both eyes to meet the criteria and qualify for registration.
Carry on driving
Losing the sight in one eye need not mean losing your driving licence! It is more a matter of getting yourself back in the driving seat and getting the confidence back.
You must inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and your insurance company about your condition. You will normally be sent a medical questionnaire that asks for your permission to let the DVLA Medical Adviser request reports from your doctor and specialist.
If the sight in your other eye satisfies their requirements, then you can carry on driving. But remember, not to notify DVLA is an offence that can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
** LGV/PCV (formerly HGV/PSV) licences are not available to people who do not have a normal BINOCULAR field of vision.
Drivers Medical Unit DVLA
Tel: 0870 6000301
If your sight problem is causing you worries or difficulties at work; if you need to change your means of employment or retrain as a result of your sight loss, then your local Disability Employment Adviser is a good starting point for advice. Contact through your local JobCentre.
Sight loss, or removal, of an eye does not bring any automatic entitlement to state benefit. But everyone’s case is different (perhaps with other health or disability problems), so don’t hesitate to check it out. For general advice
Tel: Department of Work & Pensions Public Enquiry Office 020 7712 2171 or the Benefit Enquiry Line
Tel: 0800 88 22 00.
For independent advice on benefits, look for Welfare Rights in your local telephone directory
For those with an artificial eye, or facing the prospect of an eye removal, the National Artificial Eye Service provides an advisory service and can also help obtain follow-up and aftercare in your own area. You can obtain an information pack (including a very useful booklet for children ‘My Pretend Eye’).
Tel: NAES Helpline 0845 6050561.
Many callers to the OneVision Helpline face the removal of an eye because of cancer and have lots of questions relating to the operation, aftercare and coping with an artificial eye. OneVision volunteers who have gone through this themselves can offer invaluable explanation and support. Another source, of specialist cancer information, is CancerBACUP.
Tel: 0808 800 1234
The failure of an eye may bring some change to your appearance. But invariably the worry is worse than the reality. Artificial eyes are amazingly lifelike these days, matched, almost undetectable, to your other eye.
But for those with serious appearance issues “Changing Faces” may be of help. This is a national charity providing free and confidential help, support and information for adults and children (and their parents).
Tel: 0845 4500275 (office hours)
Frank B Brady’s personal account of living with an artificial eye following an airborne accident in America (a bird crashed through the screen of an aircraft he was co-piloting and hit him in the face) is a very informative and encouraging read.
“A Singular View –The art of seeing with one eye” can be purchased from;
The Partially Sighted Society
Catalogue number P80
Tel: 01302 323132
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