Updated CVI form and explanatory notes

Closed 3 Jan 2017

Opened 15 Nov 2016


The Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form and the 'Explanatory notes for consultant ophthalmologists and hospital eye clinic staff in England' (ENs) has been updated by a group of stakeholders led by the Department of Health and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to clarify who should be certified severely sight impaired and sight impaired.

The CVI form has been revised to update contact details and terminology, to simplify and ensure it captures the information needed to support people who may need further help from local authorities. The ENs is updated to give clear guidelines to who should be certified with sight impairment.

The criteria for certification are based on visual acuity, visual field and the clinical judgement of the consultant ophthalmologist.

Why we are consulting

We want to seek views on the revised CVI form and ENs and any suggestions for further improvements.


  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • Visual impairment
  • GPs
  • Health visitors
  • Clinicians
  • Doctors
  • clinical staff
  • Royal Colleges
  • Directors of Adult Social Care Services
  • consultant ophthalmologists
  • eye clinic staff
  • opticians
  • optometrists
  • ophthalmic medical practitioners
  • ophthalmologists


  • Health inequalities
  • Public health
  • Health protection
  • Health improvement
  • Primary care
  • Patient care