Help with benefits
Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to financial support from the government. Welfare benefits are available to help those living with macular disease, and their families, with extra costs.
There are disability benefits available to cover the extra costs of living with a long-term condition like macular disease. These benefits are dependent on your age and whether you meet the criteria to receive the benefits. If you meet the criteria, you will be awarded the benefit regardless of any other income - for example, your salary from your job or pension payments. You may even be entitled to further support from the government.
If you are of pensionable age and have a sight problem you will probably have extra expenses, such as taxis or help at home. Attendance Allowance (AA) can help you with these additional costs.
Disability Living Allowance
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is to pay for the additional costs of your child’s long term health condition or disability.
Personal Independence Payment
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit paid to people to pay for the additional costs of a disability or long term illness.
Volunteering and job seeking
If you are looking for work or trying to get yourself back into the job market volunteering might be a way of making you stand out from the crowd or updating your skills.
Work Capability Assessment
If you are claiming a benefit because you are unable to work through ill health or disability you will be required to complete the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).