Update: In January 2017, RLSB merged with the Royal Society for Blind Children.
Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following blog.
I was 16 and she was just 17 when we finally got together. She told me all about it during our second proper conversation.
“We were talking about 3D films and she said, ‘Oh, I haven’t been able to see those since I lost one eye’, as you do!
Lucy says: “I was born with incontinentia pigmenti. It means the backs of your eyes bleed and bleed until the retina begins to detach.
It’s a rare condition that is passed down the female line. “It was spotted at a routine eye check when I was eight and when I was 11 I lost the sight in my right eye, which had always been the stronger one.
Now, mindful of the fear she had as an 11-year-old, the inspirational teenager is supporting a campaign by the Royal London Society for Blind People to help visually-impaired youngsters in their search for love.
The charity recently joined forces with dating site to hold a “Love is Blind” dating event in which blind singles enjoyed salsa dancing lessons with sighted partners wearing blindfolds.
It was part of this month’s London Without Limits Festival – a series of events designed to help people understand the reality of sight loss.
I explained all about my condition – that it was genetic, but one day stem-cell research could find a cure.
“He just said, ‘Well, I’ll dump you if you go blind. Imagine what that did for my insecurities.” But two years later Lucy met Ollie Cave, who went to the same youth theatre she did.