About Allegro

Now Allegro Optical have a good excuse to eat chocolate

It doesn’t take much of an excuse for the team at Allegro Optical to start eating chocolate

So when we discovered that it also has eye health benefits it was even better. Because dark chocolate has a higher proportion of cocoa it has a lot of the health benefits. OK dark chocolate is still high in sugar and fat.  However eaten in moderation it provides a healthy source of iron, copper, magnesium, fibre, zinc, manganese, and selenium. Cocoa delivers antioxidants, flavonoids and flavones aplenty.

Choosing a dark chocolate with at least 70-80% cocoa is by far the best option, and it provides many eye health benefits.

Improved Vision

Studies have shown that some young adults who eat dark chocolate had enhanced visual performance. Some believe that the cocoa in dark chocolate may increase blood flow to the brain and retina. In turn, improving the motion detection and the capability to see letters of low contrast.

Optic Nerve

Dark chocolate is a healthy source of copper and has been found to help prevent optic nerve damage. The human body only needs to intake a small amount of copper each day. A small serving of dark chocolate contains over half of the recommended daily allowance of copper.


The flavonoids found in dark chocolate can help lower oxidative stress, protecting the eyes optic nerve from damage and in turn sight loss.


Macular degeneration can have devastating effects on vision and it is the main cause of loss of vision in adults over the age of 60. Vitamin A can help protect against macular degeneration. As luck would have it dark chocolate contains levels of Vitamin A due to the cocoa.


Holme Valley Lions

As its that time of year again at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham we are raffling a huge Easter Egg specifically for the Kirkwood Hospice on behalf of the Holme Valley Lions. So pop in and have a go for £1 to win a huge Thorntons Easter egg and support this wonderful cause. There were 59 numbers to select from, although they are going fast.  The winner of the egg will be the Lotto Bonus Ball drawn 31st March. The winner then just needs to pick up their egg and enjoy all the benefits of eating chocolate without the guilt.

So don’t feel guilty this Easter because chocolate really is good for you.


About Allegro

Optician’s looking back on a fantastic first year. Thank you Meltham

It’s our birthday on Sunday so we’re looking back on a fantastic first year in Meltham for our opticians practice

A year on and so much has happened. We now have a busy vibrant practice and as many of you will know we’re finalists for the national Optician Awards.

This time last year we said “We’re all ready for our big opening on Saturday. It’s been a heck of a journey and thank you to everyone who has helped”.

In the space of a year, we have achieved so much. Amazingly we’ve received a magnificent 45 testimonials/Thank you letters and cards.  We’ve been shortlisted for 3 awards and so far we’ve won one, which is the Eaton Smith Business of the month award, this puts us in with a chance to win their very prestigious Business of the year award in July.

Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham finalists in the FSB Awards

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Allegro Optical are winners of the Eaton Smith BOTM

Sheryl and Steve attended an awards presentation and were delighted with their certificate and bag of goodies.

Receiving the Eaton Smith Business of the Month award

A year of growth

Just twelve months ago we opened to the sound of a brass band and we gathered quite a crowd.

Diggle B play outside Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham

Opening Day inside at Allegro Optical Opticians in MelthamOpening Day with a crowd outside Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham

We started off with just three staff members, Josie Dawson, Sheryl Doe and Stephen Haigh, but now we have grown to ten, and what a fabulous bunch of people they are. Optometrist Sara Ackroyd joined the team in September and Optometrist Claire Wightman Joined us in October, we also now have dispensing Optician Abigayle Doe, e-commerce manager Xanthe Doe. Bubbly Jill Barrowclough joined us in July and Sean joined the team in August. Now Stephen Tighe is recovering from his life-threatening illness, he is back to work one or two days a week, and we are so pleased to have him back.

Allegro Opticians Christmas do in Meltham

We have been the subject of ten newspaper articles, all of them good. We have had a balloon reach Austria, and forged new friendships in Europe as a result.

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A real local optician

We have supported so many charities and raised money for all of them, we’ve joined the Holme Valley Lions to help local community groups.

Allegro Optical, Sheryl with the Lions at MorrisonsAllegro Optical Opticians are the co founders of Meltham Business Association

We have joined the Meltham Scarecrow Festival committee and we’re working hard to give Meltham it’s best Scarecrow Festival yet. Allegro Optical is also a founding member of Meltham Business Association, always working for the village we love. Meltham!

In the last twelve months, a pair of Bananas has visited the practice to take tea, thanks to our friends at Holme Valley Fairtrade Association.

Bananas take tea at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham with Holme Valley Fairtrade Association

We’ve been on the radio

Allegro Optical on Penistonefm radio

and television

Allegro Optical Opticians on Kirklees TV with Niamh and Liz Hey

Sheryl Doe on Business Daily


See the music

We have helped so many musicians see the music, it’s been a real privilege to help so many talented people. With musicians from so many different genres beating a path to our door, we have clients from all over the UK and Europe.

Markus Van Horn buys his glasses at Allegro Optical OpticiansMichele Hickie - Bassoonist at Allegro Optical The Musicians Optician

But best of all, we have meet hundreds of lovely new customers. Many of whom are now firm friends.

So for award-winning eyecare you can trust, Allegro Optical is a must. Follow the crowd for professional and affordable eyecare to Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham.  Call01484 907090 to book your appointment.

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Now See Hear

That’s right, see and hear clearly, with Allegro Optical

Things are getting very interesting at Allegro Optical Opticians. Why’s that? We hear you ask. Well not only do we now deliver the very best eye care available in Meltham. We also offer free hearing tests, state of the art hearing aids, ear wax removal and hearing services in association with The Hidden Hearing.

Many people in these parts are already aware of the fabulous service we provide to our optometry clients, but not so many know about our hearing care services.

Are you struggling to hear?

Hearing care by Allegro Optical OpticiansDoes everyone seem to be mumbling these days? That’s unlikely, the more likely explanation is that your hearing isn’t what it was. It’s also likely that this problem has been around awhile. Perhaps you complain about that same mumble while watching TV.

Age-related hearing loss is often first noticed in noisy environments such as parties. Many people talking at once and with music is playing as well, you struggle to hear. The first step is to learn more about age-related hearing loss and what you can do about it.

Just as Prebyopia is long-sightedness caused by the ageing eye, Presbycusis or age-related hearing loss is a condition often associated with ageing. It affects people between the ages of 65 and 74, although it starts much younger. Quite simply it is the cause by natural wear and tear on the nerve cells in the ears.

Many of our musical clients admit they have problems with their hearing. After years of exposure to loud music they now suffer from hearing loss. It can happen to many musicians including  Pete Townsend from the Who or Roger Taylor from Queen. So If you are a musician, don’t worry, help is available.

So what can you do?

The best course of action is to get your hearing checked. If you are struggling to hear, the sooner you find out what is going on the better.  It may just be that you require peace of mind about the health of your hearing and rule out any medical problems. Whatever your situation, booking a test is quick, free and simple.

Whatever the outcome of your hearing test, you are under no obligation for you to pursue treatment. Depending on the level of any hearing impairment, you will be given a range of treatment options. Our dispensers will discuss the available products that will work best for you. You are then free to decide on your preferred course of action.

During this time, your Hearing Aid Dispenser will be able to answer any questions you may have about your hearing, any treatment that may be required and all the available products, as well as details on hearing aid aftercare.

How do I book a hearing test?

To book your free hearing test at Allegro Optical Opticians, call 01484 907090 of simply fill in this short form and our call centre will call you back shortly to arrange a time and date convenient for you.

For elderly customers or those with mobility difficulties, we recommend you bring someone with you for your hearing test appointment. Alternatively, we can arrange a domiciliary visit by a Hearing Specialist from your local branch.

We’ll soon have you seeing and hearing clearly.



Now Edwina’s vision is Abso-Flute-Ly Amazing

Finding a Flute-ful solution

Edwina Smith has been playing the flute for most of her life, her ability as a musician is beyond question. However, over the last few years, Edwina has had a few problems when playing. With her vision beginning to deteriorate Edwina, who plays for Yorkshire Baroque Soloists had tried various solutions suggested by her regular optometrist, but none were completely satisfactory. Edwina, an established varifocal wearer found playing a flute in a semi-professional or professional situation in varifocals far from ideal. Due mainly to the very narrow field of view offered by varifocals at music stand distance. Edwina followed her optician’s suggestion of a using a single vision mid-distance pair of spectacle lenses. These gave her a clear view of the music but blurred the conductor.

Edwina Smith Flutist gets her spectacles from Allegro Optical the musicians optician

Having discussed her concerns with friends and family Edwina came to Allegro Optical on a friends recommendation. Edwina explained her problems to our experienced team of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.  They worked together to create a completely bespoke lens design. This improved Edwin’s vision at all her working distances when she plays. Both in rehearsals and when performing.


Now Edwina can see the music

When asked about her new spectacles Edwina said “On 7th November I did a series of concerts and workshops on period instruments in Birkenhead School. Playing a Vivaldi flute concerto and the last movement of Bach Brandenburg 5 to various different age groups, plus conducting a baroque woodwind session. It was a very long day but it all went fine. I felt comfortable looking up from my music when playing in the ensemble. Conducting was easier when I could see both the music and the players equally comfortably. When I did a baroque flute demonstration as part of a study session for the A level and GCSE students (in a large chapel), I was able to see the students in the audience easily without having to take my glasses off!

Last Saturday I played for a choral concert in Newcastle (JS and CPE Bach Magnificats), again on baroque flute. I’ve got so used to wearing the new glasses now that I didn’t worry too much about it.  I just tried to remain focused (in every way!) and didn’t misread anything. My vision of the conductor was better than for many years. It’s only now that I realise how fuzzy conductors have been for a long time! I thought that I might have trouble refocusing when looking down at the music again after looking at the conductor. But actually, I think that aspect is easier than it was when I was using single vision middle distance lenses.

In the past, I think when I looked at the conductor my eyes would try and focus even though it was fuzzy, so when I looked down at the music again they would have to readjust.  It’s a lot better than I ever thought it would be, I’m very happy.”

Why are musicians so special?

Musicians have a variety of different working distances and this can pose real problems to the more mature player. Many presenters and musicians also suffer from postural problems as a result of trying to compensate or adapt to deteriorating vision.

As musicians ourselves, at Allegro Optical we have a working understanding of the playing and seating positions of musicians. This allows us to resolve their vision problems in a different way.  A musician’s working and playing life can easily be extended by the visual improvements that this solution provides.

A great many musicians who experience focusing problems at different distances are completely unaware that there is a solution to these problems. Many optometrists and opticians do not fully understand the issues and either prescribe and dispense single vision lenses for the music stand, or varifocals which often exacerbate the problems due to the narrow corridor. At Allegro Optical we approach the problems from the musicians’ viewpoint and we have developed a range of lenses and dispensing techniques that give a wider and more comfortable field of view and greater depth of field.

We’re always happy to offer advice

If you are a musician who is experiencing visual or focusing issues when playing give us a call to book an appointment or for an informal chat. Call Allegro Optical in Meltham, near Huddersfield on  01484 907090.