Thousands with poor eyesight could get £407 per month in extra cash: Check if you are eligible

Brits who suffer from any of these eye conditions and struggle to complete their daily routine because of poor eyesight may qualify for extra benefits worth £407 per month. Find out how to apply.

Thousands with poor eyesight could get £407 per month in extra cash; check if you are eligible
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Thousands with poor eyesight could get £407 per month in extra cash; check if you are eligible

According to the statistics, around two million Brits are living with sight loss or degenerative eye conditions which impact their mobility and ability to complete simple self-care tasks.

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Not everyone is aware that those struggling may be entitled to Attendance Allowance, a tax-free benefit currently supporting more than 1.4 million people in the UK and designed to help them stay independent in their own homes for longer regardless of the limiting health conditions.

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These eyesight conditions can qualify you for extra benefits

Brits over state pension age living with a sight condition or really high myopia can make a claim for Attendance Allowance.

There are over 45 eye-related problems that can qualify you for extra payouts.

They include Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Retina and optic nerve-related diseases, Diabetic Retinopathy and many more.

Diseases of the conjunctiva, cornea, eyelids and lacrimal apparatus, as well as uveitis can also give you the right for extra support.

If you have Vitreous disease, visual injuries to the eye, disorders of eye movement or visual field defects, you may also be entitled to the payouts.

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Here’s who qualifies and how to apply

Attendance Allowance isn't means-tested so it doesn't matter what other money you have coming in or how much you have in savings.

It’s also tax-free and has no benefit cap, and there are no requirements for how the money should be spent.

Anyone who needs support throughout the day or some part of the day/night to stay safe or complete personal care tasks due to a disability or illness may be eligible for the benefit.

You may be entitled to it even if you don’t have a physical disability or illness but struggle with a mental health or sensory condition or learning difficulties.

Brits can get either £68.10 or £101.75 a week / £272.40 and £407.00 per month depending on the level of care they need due to their qualifying health problem.

Other benefits you get - such as Extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit Reduction and Council Tax Reduction - might increase if you get an Attendance Allowance.

You won't be able to get it if you already receive PIP or DLA to pay for your care.

To apply for an Attendance Allowance, you will need to complete a long claim form.

If you struggle with it, you can get help from your nearest Citizens Advice, they also provide a guide to those who still want to do it themselves here.

Find out more about Attendance Allowance on the GOV.UK website.

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Sources used:

- Chronicle Live: 'Thousands aged over 65 with poor eyesight could be due up to £101 Attendance Allowance each week'

Thousands of Brits could get an extra £300 this month, check if you’re eligible Thousands of Brits could get an extra £300 this month, check if you’re eligible