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Meaningless sight tests for benefit claimants causing anxiety

Wales Council of the Blind has raised concerns that people with sight loss are missing out on benefits because assessors from organisations such as Capita are carrying out vision tests which they are not qualified to perform. Eye tests should only be done by optometrists or ophthalmologists.

The story has been featured on the BBC Wales website and you can read it here. It was also the subject of a report in the TV programme 'Wales Live', which included an interview with WCB's Director, individuals who had been affected, and an optometrist from Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC). You can see the report on the BBC i-player here - it starts 18 minutes and 15 seconds into the programme.

WCB will continue to pursue this issue with the departments involved.

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