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TOPIC: Wearing of eye patch

Wearing of eye patch 2 months 1 day ago #230738

Hi guys, I am in the process of moving from DLA to PIP and today have received my PIP form. I am currently reading my way through the (benefits and work) guide to filling out my form and have a question regarding aids. I have MS and have been permanently blinded in one eye and have visual field defect in the other eye. I wear an eye patch over my blind eye as I have a fuzzy pattern in that eye that superimposes over the top of my vision in my good eye (. Without the patch I struggle with feeling disorientated and overwhelmed, both in my home and outside. I wear the patch for everything except showering and sleeping. Without the patch, I become dizzy and cannot see well as everything is distorted much worse than with the patch. Is my patch classed as an 'aid'?

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Wearing of eye patch 2 months 1 day ago #230740

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I think that you have a good argument that it is.

An aid is anything that enables you to complete an activity where they would not be able to without it, the thing has to be specifically designed for the purpose.

Your patch seems to meet this requirement but don't assume that those assessing you will understand this, you need to explain in detail why you need the patch and how you would be limited if you did not use it.

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