45 eye conditions could make you eligible for £627 in PIP – full list

Personal Independence Payment: Advice on how to claim

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The latest Personal Independence Payment (PIP) figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that at the end of April, there were 54,431 people claiming support for a visual disease, impairment or condition in the UK. This would suggest millions of people who are struggling with eye conditions are missing out on financial help from the Government because they aren’t aware they could be eligible for PIP.

PIP is paid to people who suffer with a disability or long term health condition that affects their everyday lives and can be worth up to £627 a month. 

How much someone receives depends on how their condition affects them rather than the condition itself.

Britons who have daily living and/or mobility needs because of a sight condition or low vision may be eligible for PIP.

Typically, 45 eye conditions mean someone should be entitled to PIP, reports the Daily Record.

Can you claim PIP and work?

Personal Independence Payment is not a means-tested benefit. 

People can claim it whether they work or not.

PIP also doesn’t change based on the number of hours worked or how much someone earns.

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Common eye conditions that qualify for PIP include Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macular Degeneration, Disease of the Retina and Optic Nerve and Diabetic Retinopathy.

Of course it’s not just eye conditions that qualfiy for PIP – Cancer, Epilepsy and Diabetes are just a few other conditions that would usually also be eligible. 

PIP is made up of two components:

  • Daily living

  • Mobility

Britons are paid the below amounts depending on their circumstances:

Daily living (per week)

  • Standard rate: £61.85

  • Enhanced rate: £92.40

Mobility (per week)

  • Standard rate: £24.45

  • Enhanced rate: £64.50

The DWP lists 46 eye condtions that qualify for PIP:

Diseases of conjunctiva, cornea, eyelids and lacrimal apparatus

  • Conjunctiva, cornea, eyelids and lacrimal apparatus – Other diseases of / type not known
  • Corneal ulceration
  • Entropion
  • Herpes zoster – ophthalmic
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Orbital cellulitis
  • Ptosis
  • Scleritis


  • Anterior Uveitis (iritis)
  • Chorioretinal disorders – Other / type not known
  • Posterior (choroiditis)


Visual injuries to the eye

Vitreous disease

  • Posterior vitreous detachment
  • Vitreous disease – Other / type not known
  • Vitreous haemorrhage

Diseases of the retina and optic nerve

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Hypertensive retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Optic atrophy
  • Optic neuritis
  • Retina and optic nerve – Other diseases of / type not known
  • Retinal artery occlusion
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Retinopathy – Other / type not known


Refractive errors

  • Astigmatism
  • Hypermetropia (long-sighted)
  • Myopia (short-sighted)
  • Presbyopia
  • Refractive errors – Other / type not known

Disorders of eye movement

  • Eye movement – Other disorders of / type not known
  • Nystagmus
  • Strabismus (Squint)

Visual field defects

  • Amblyopia
  • Cortical blindness
  • Diplopia (double vision)
  • Hemianopia
  • Quadrantanopia
  • Scotoma
  • Tunnel vision
  • Visual field defects – Other / type not known

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