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Flashes/floaters Glossary Term

Flashes of light/small dark spots or strands which move. Generally harmless, but can be sign of retinal detachment
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Fuch's dystrophy Glossary Term

A form of corneal dystrophy which occurs later in life.
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Free Directory Enquiries Glossary Term

If you're not able to read or hold a telephone directory due to illness or disability, you can apply for free 195 Directory Enquiries from BT. Call 0800 587 0195 to request an application form. Your form will need to be countersigned by a professional who knows you i.e. your doctor, nurse or other medical practitioner.
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Free loan of radios Glossary Term

The British Wireless for the Blind Fund provides high quality, easy to use audio equipment which has been specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss. All of the radios are made available on Free Loan to blind and partially sighted people who meet their criteria.
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Free NHS sight test Glossary Term

If you are registered blind or partially sighted, diagnosed with glaucoma or diabetes, under 16/over 60 or meet certain other criteria you are entitled to a free eye test. (For a full list see the NHS Direct website).
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Free postage (Article for the Blind) Glossary Term

The Royal Mail Articles for the Blind scheme is a free, first class or Airmail service for people sending items specifically designed for blind and visually impaired people. This enables them to send certain items within the UK and overseas free of charge.
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Funding authority Glossary Term

The Education Act 1993 provides for the establishment of two funding authorities: in England, the Funding Agency for Schools (FAS), which was established on 1 April 1994; and in Wales, the Schools Funding Council for Wales (SFCW), which the Act empowers the Secretary of State for Wales to set up by Order. No Order has yet been made. The FAS is responsible for calculating and paying grants to grant-maintained and grant-maintained special schools and has responsibilities for the provision of school places in areas where there are significant numbers of grant-maintained schools. The SFCW has similar responsibilities.
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