Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s)

Blind Veterans UK are here to help anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, including the National Service or the Reserves, who is now living with significant sight loss.

Last updated on 22 January 2020

Who is eligible?

1) Military service

You need to have served in either:

  • UK Armed Forces, including National Service or the Reserves
  • Served during WWII in the Merchant Navy, or in Polish/Indian forces under British command
  • As a reservist, you need to have either completed at least one year's satisfactory service after training (qualified for bounty) or less time if blinded on duty

2) Sight loss criteria

To meet our sight loss criteria, you need to have visual acuities in both eyes which are at least 6/60 or counting fingers.

With certain ophthalmic conditions where field loss is a factor we request field test results and take these into consideration when determining whether or not an applicant meets our ophthalmic criteria.

How to apply?

How to apply:

  1. Call us free on 0800 389 7979, or download an application form from the Blind Veterans UK website
  2. Send us the completed application form
  3. Once we have the form, we will contact the service records office and your eye specialist
  4. We may ask the applicant to visit our ophthalmic clinic in London. If travelling is difficult, we can make alternative arrangements

Once you have become a beneficiary, one of our community workers will visit you at home. They will discuss your needs, give you advice and may suggest a visit to one of our centres in Brighton or Llandudno.

Other information

Blind Veterans also supports blind veterans and carers emotional and practical support:

  • opportunities for carers to attend social events, carer sessions and meet other carers who are in the same boat
  • two nursing wings at their Brighton centre, with a total of 18 beds.
  • two rehabilitation and training centres for recreation, training and rehabilitation for blind veterans and their families.
  • art and craft activities
  • sports and activities clubs

Contact details

12-14 Harcourt Street

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