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'My parents didn't tell me I was blind until I was 17': Woman had no idea about her condition

Mirror logo Mirror 13/10/2017 Kara O'Neill

Credits: TED/Youtube © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: TED/Youtube A woman didn't realise she was blind until reaching the age of 17 after her parents kept her condition a secret from her.

Caroline Casey only found out about her eyesight loss because of a fluke conversation about taking her driving test. 

She had always thought she was clumsy, and was 'bad at sports' but saw no real difference between herself and any of her school friends.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph , Caroline, from Ireland, said: "When I was growing up, I didn't know there was anything wrong with me.

"I wore glasses and was exceptionally clumsy, but my grades at school were no different to anyone else's."

It was a fluke conversation with her eye specialist that meant the truth was finally revealed to Caroline.

She had mentioned to him about getting her driving licence but couldn't understand why he looked surprised.

Caroline has ocular albinism, a genetic eye condition that causes permanent vision loss.

But her parents, who had known about her eyesight loss since she was six-months-old, had never told her about it.

Credits: TED/Youtube © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: TED/Youtube Caroline remembers her mum breaking down and admitting she was legally blind when she finally confronted her.

Now, the 35-year-old says she isn't angry at her parents for keeping things a secret from her.

Looking back, she has realised that certain things didn't add up when it came to every day activities.

Caroline said: "I'd always coped, but over time things started to slot into place. I can still make out shapes and I can see faces up close, but beyond 2ft, even wearing glasses, my world looks like an out-of-focus camera."

Credits: Digital Vision © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Digital Vision Too proud to use visual aids, and uncomfortable with labelling herself as 'disabled', Caroline carried on with her life as normal, until at the age of 28, the secrecy finally got too much.

She was told to take time away from her job as a management consultant for Accenture.

After a 12 month sabbatical, Caroline decided to leave her role and set up a not-for-profit organisation to promote a positive image of disability.

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