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Allegro Optical Opticians, Helping Charlotte See The Music Remotely

Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham are now helping musicians see the music remotely

Charlotte Reynolds is a Cellist who lives in Oakhampton in Devon. She contacted us through our website after she purchased a pair of “glasses for music” from her optician. She told us that she had an increasing problem being able to focus on and read music. Particularly in the case of fast and densely written parts. Charlotte plays both chamber music and symphonic. She wondered if there was any way we could help her. Either by recommending an optician nearer to her home who also specialises in optical solutions for musicians. Or if not, maybe we could help, via long distance.

She explained that she had been dispensed with a pair of bifocal spectacles from her opticians. These were intended to provide a focus for her music stand distance and the conductor but she found it was still blurry and not clearly focused.

We explained that we didn’t know of any other musician’s specialist opticians in the UK. From that point, a dialogue began between us to find a solution that could be dispensed over the internet.

The perfect solution for seeing the music

After a few e-mails were exchanged, including some selfies and after measuring Charlotte’s working distances, we found a solution. We also went through facial and frame measurements by way of selfies, to ensure that the new glasses would be perfect.


Our solution was to dispense our performer’s lenses, with a compensated prescription to allow Charlotte to see the music on the stand clearly. But still maintaining a crisp view of the conductor. We left a small area of near vision to allow her to notate her manuscript if needed.

When the glasses had been made up and we were satisfied with the prescription and the quality of the job we posted them to Charlotte. We contacted her with the tracking number for the parcel and she received them the next day. Charlotte said “My new glasses arrived safely and so far so good – I’m really pleased with them – everything is really clear and crisp. I was slightly nervous about having specialist glasses prescribed remotely but the whole process was very thorough from your end and easy from mine and the results are superb. Excellent – thank you”

Why do musicians struggle to see the music

Due to changes in the structure of the crystalline lens and stiffening of the ocular muscles many musicians experience focusing problems later on in their careers.  Many struggle to focus on all the different distances required of their profession and are unaware that there is a solution to the problem. Many optometrists or opticians suggest either varifocals, which often exacerbate the problems due to the narrow corridor. Or they recommend bifocals or occupational lenses neither of which are very satisfactory.

How can Allegro Optical help?

At Allegro Optical Opticians we understand the many visual requirements placed on musicians. As a result we prescribe a selection of lenses designed and dispensed specifically to suit their needs. Creating a solution especially for the client, providing a perfect optical solution. We understand the variety of dispensing challenges that practitioners may face when a musician presents in practice, but as musicians ourselves we are able to meet their individual needs perfectly.

If you are a musician who has problems seeing the music give us a call at Allegro Optical Opticians on 01484 907090 for advice or to book a consultation.


Carrots, Scarecrows and Opticians in Meltham

Carrots, Scarecrows and Opticians?

Now there’s a tenuous link if ever there was one. What are we on about, we hear you ask? Well believe it or not, at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham, there is a very clear link between all three.

Firstly yesterday was International Carrot day. We all know that carrots are good for our eyes and our eye health. Carrots are very rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment which is an essential precursor to vitamin A. Deficiencies in vitamin A are the leading causes of blindness in the developing world. A lack of vitamin A can also lead to the development of Cataracts, Macular degeneration and Xerophthalmia (a disease which is characterized by dry eyes, swollen eyelids and corneal ulcers).

Carrots also contain lutein, which is an important antioxidant. Lutein-rich foods can increase the density of pigment in the macula, the area in the centre of the retina. As pigment density increases, the retina is protected more and the risk of macular degeneration decreases. So yes Carrots are very good to maintain eye health.

Meltham’s Scarecrows

Secondly, Scarecrows were used in the past to protect young carrot crops from birds. In fact, there have been many a Scarecrow with a carrot for a nose. So what better link than to next months Meltham Scarecrow Festival?

Cawford the Meltham Scarecrow visits Allegro Optical Opticians

Allegro Optical is very involved in organising this year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The event is held every year on the first bank holiday in May and this year is no exception.

On Monday 7th May, Meltham will play host to hundreds of Scarecrows, all dotted around the village. Between 10am and 4pm there will be live bands, street food, a Samba band workshop, a fancy dress competition to find the best Scarecrow costume and much more. There is a treasure hunt and the main Scarecrow competition to find the very best Scarecrows in the village. Businesses, Community Groups, Charities and children all compete in the various groups to win their sections. It gets very competitive!

Loving local

At Allegro Optical Opticians we believe passionately in supporting our local community. This is why we do everything we can to help and our team gets involved in many local events. We believe in giving something back to the community that has supported us since we opened just twelve months ago.

Allegro Optical Opticians members of Meltham Business Association

As part of Meltham Business Association, we’ve been working hard with other local businesses to make the Scarecrow Festival a success. As part of the Meltham Scarecrow Festival, we are holding a Scarecrow Workshop this evening in the Church Hall. Between 7.00 and 9.00pm residents can come along and find out how to make their very own Scarecrow.

The Meltham Scarecrow festival group are made up of members from Meltham Business Association and Meltham Over 60s group. Together we are working to bring a fantastic spring festival to our lovely village. To find out more about Meltham Scarecrow Festival visit or why not come along on the 7th May and find out for yourself all that this fantastic event has to offer.


So following on from the workshop yesterday, we thought we would add a few photos of the event.Allegro Optical Opticians at the Meltham Scarecrow Festival Workshop