Two women who both went blind overnight have become best friends and are now creating make-up and cooking tutorials together.
Laura Greeves, 26, started losing her sight at 24 when, in just a matter of days, she began to see black spots and her vision became blurred.
She met Alex Lucas, 25, at a support group after learning she had also lost her sight overnight at just 23-years-old and was also left without a reason for her loss of sight.
The pair have now gone on to inspire others with YouTube tutorials and even run a weekly podcast, called Suddenly Sightless, to help other blind and partially sighted people.
Doctors were unable to explain the sudden deterioration of mum-of-one Laura’s eyesight, which left her unable to work and drive, and she was forced to bring forward her wedding to husband, David, after fears she wouldn’t be able to see him on her big day.
The former administrator from Selly Oak, Birmingham, said: "I had to accept that I was never going to know why I had lost my sight and also my independence.
"It felt like I was grieving, I couldn’t even play games with my son, Archie.
"I met Alex at a working aid forum back in April and we hit it off straight away.
"We both wanted a way to connect to as many people as possible as we didn’t know many people our age in this situation."
Alex, a former make-up artist, from Northfield, Birmingham, said: "I lost my eyesight in a very similar way and I think it brought us both together.
"I had been suffering from headaches but woke up one morning to find my vision was blurred, it was like there was a white mist in the room.
"I was told that I had optic nerve damage but with no explanation as to why and no cure. I remember just going home and crying int he shower.
"Meeting Laura meant I had a friend I could talk to, who was going through the same thing. We started bouncing ideas off one another and it became an outlet for us."
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The best friends launched their podcast in June, this year, and went on to create videos showing how to apply make-up and even put together a cooking tutorial.
Laura said: "We have issues setting the camera up and use my conservatory with our phone camera propped up, but we are hoping to borrowed a GoPro in future.
"We struggle ensuring people can see us on the camera when we have to get so close to the mirror – but we manage! We also have no editing software and what we record is what we have to share."
Alex added: "We wanted to create something aimed at our age that was a bit more lighthearted.
"I was a make-up artist before I lost my sight, so I was able to teach Laura how to do her eyeshadow. It’s very much teamwork.
"We hope to go on and create more videos."
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