Newly Diagnosed

HERIB is here to help if you have been newly diagnosed with sight loss.

If you have just been diagnosed with an eye condition which has caused sight loss, you may be feeling a range of different emotions. Perhaps you are feeling shock, afraid, sad, uncertain or any combination of these feelings?

Are you unsure what to do next or where to go for advice? Are you worried about how you will be able to cope?

HERIB is here to offer to support and advice both through both this website and also face to face at our Beverley Road centre in Hull or even in your own home.

If you would like our support, please contact us on 01482 342297.

About Registration

Only a consultant ophthalmologist can certify that a person is eligible for registration.

There are two types of registration:

  • Severely Sight Impaired (SSI); previously known as registered blind
  • Sight Impaired (SI); previously registered as partially sighted.

Registration, although voluntary, enables access to various benefits, but access to HERIB’s services and support is NOT dependent on registration.

If you choose to be registered you will receive a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) which acts as a trigger for social services and other agencies to arrange an assessment of your requirements.

There are benefits to registration which may be available such as reduced television licence fees, Blue Badge car parking scheme and travel concessions. For more information about these and other benefits, please visit the RNIB’s website