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From smartphones, satnavs and tablets, we now use electronic devices as part of our everyday life.  However, our eyes eye weren’t designed to read small letters on an illuminated screen and as a result, we are sometimes left feeling fatigued. So what can we do to make these tasks easier?  Digital lenses for digital devices and smartphone phone from Allegro Optical opticians in Uppermill Greenfield Saddleworth Meltham Holmfirth Huddersfield Opticians

A bit of a boost

At Allegro Optical if you’re aged under 45 we tend to use a power boost Freeform Digital Single Vision lenses which combine ergonomics and aesthetics providing the very best optical performance available and provide a little extra magnification to the lower third of the lens, making focusing on a digital device that little bit easier. These lenses are not varifocals and each one is unique. Taking into account the wearers prescription, pupil position and the 3D shape of the selected frame. Providing clear vision when using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, and smartphone. This adaptable clear vision gives a perfect visual solution adapted to the individuals needs. Occupational lenses at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham Holmfirth and Huddersfield, Greenfield Uppermill Saddleworth

Say goodbye to tired workplace eyes

If you don’t wear glasses all the time but find your eyes getting tired at work, then Occupational / Degressive lenses could be for you. These are lenses specifically designed for use in limited workspaces. They generally provide a much wider view than varifocals, providing clear vision for the computer and near work, but for distances no further than 6 meters at the extreme. Older couple map reading varifocals from Allegro OPtical Opticians in Meltham Holfirth and Huddersfield, Greenfield Uppermill Saddleworth.

Varifocals – All distances covered

Our individual varifocals offer excellent near vision, distance vision and clear vision in the intermediate zone in just a single lens – and all without any perceptible transition. Many new spectacle wearers are amazed at how precisely modern digital varifocal glasses can be customised to meet their particular needs. As the population ages and lives longer, we ask more of our eyes. We now ‘read’ TV screens, we own smartphones, digital devices, laptops and PCs and we often read electronic books. These are all near vision tasks and they are all slightly different. Different posture, different reading position and a variety of fonts and typefaces on screens all add to the challenge. The new freeform lens technology accommodates the use of digital devices into daily lives. They allow for a multi-tasking, digital lifestyle. Taking into account the different reading distances for digital devices and print media. Also considering the location and size of the near zone facilitate natural reading in both. All this while still providing clear vision of a desktop or laptop computer screen, SatNAv and distance vision.

Musicians Lenses

Charlotte Reynolds Cellist musicians glasses Allegro Optical Opticians Meltham

These lenses are completely unique to Allegro Optical, no other optician can dispense these lenses. They are designed by Allegro Optical and manufactured for us to our specifications. Our musician’s lenses take into account your instrument, playing position and ensemble. As musicians ourselves we don’t believe in an off the shelf solution. We tailor our own design lenses to meet a musicians needs. 

Michele Hickie - Bassoonist at Allegro Optical The Musicians Optician

We know from our customers’ previous experiences that using occupational lenses or lenses designed to do a different job just doesn’t work for musicians. For example, playing a piano, wind or string instrument all require different head and seating positions, so how could one lens satisfy the all those musicians needs. Just read Michele Hickies blog to find out why.

Brian Law Musician tuba player Longridge Band see the music musicians optician varifocal spectacles

Some musicians, including the very talented Brian Law and Angelo Bearpark use a lyre and march while playing, while a harpist has a very different requirement altogether. Many optical practitioners fall into the trap of thinking that occupational lenses will solve the musicians’ vision problems.  Angelo Bearpark in Allegro Optical Meltham Holmfirth Huddersfield Uppermill Greenfield Saddleworth Oxford

Angelo Bearpark travelled to Allegro Optical from Switzerland. He was disappointed by his own optician’s failure to correct his vision for music making by using occupational lenses. Allegro Optical is the only optician in Saddleworth to employ qualified Dispensing Opticians. These are professionals who have studied ophthalmic lens design at university. Our D.O’s are experts in ophthalmic lenses and lens design. This allows our optometrists to focus on their job of testing your eyes and ensures that you will receive the correct lenses for you. Offering you a choice of lenses to suit your lifestyle and your budget.    
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An Eye-deal Opening Day in Greenfield

What a spectacle – By James Brooks

Our new practice in Greenfield, Saddleworth is now open

Allegro Optical Opticians in Greenfield Saddleworth Uppermill Professioanl affordable eyecare for musicians Saturday 12th January saw the grand opening of our second practice over in Saddleworth. The people of Greenfield gathered around the newly developed Greenfield Centre to help us celebrate the start of our Saddleworth adventure! Local brass band, Diggle B performed some background music. Prosecco was being poured and nibbles handed out by the lovely girls from top Saddleworth caterers Manns Wharf. Photographer, Darren Robinson was on hand to capture the day and our friends Helen and Philip Beckwith from Champion Brass gave a fantastic speech before cutting the ribbon and opening the doors to your new trusted opticians.

Music and more

Allegro Optical Opticians in Uppermill and Greenfield Saddleworth Fun was had by all with a raffle, ‘guess how many contact lenses in the bottle’ competition and even the selfie frame made an appearance…with props!! It really was a day to remember with a fantastic local feel community feel to it. Our neighbours at Scona and House of Hair and Beauty really did their bit to make us feel welcome as did the residents of this amazing village. You can read more about the grand opening very soon as our friends from ‘Around Saddleworth’ and the ‘Saddleworth Independent’ came to show their support. So keep an eye out!!

Thank you

Allegro Optical Opticians opens in Greenfield, Oldham. near Uppermill Saddleworth

We would like to send out a very big thank you again to all those mentioned. But most of all we would like to thank the people of Saddleworth for welcoming us into your wonderful community. Here’s to the future!
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New Glasses Keep Bass Player Brian Out Of Treble

It’s all about the Bass for Brian

Bb Bass player Brian Law plays for Longridge Band in Lancashire. A dedicated musician, he was becoming increasingly frustrated by his inability to focus on the music on his stand and his conductor. Brian was using a good quality freeform bespoke varifocals but they just weren’t working for him when he was playing as the area at music stand position was much too small. When playing BBb Bass it is impossible to move your head due to the mouthpiece of the instrument, so a better solution was much needed. Longridge Band Brian Law Allegro Optical the musicians optician helping you see the music and more opticians Huddersfield Holmfirth and Saddleworth Uppermill Greenfield  

Brass in Concert

Brian discovered Allegro Optical at our trade stand at Brass in Concert championship in November at the Sage in Gateshead. We got chatting about the very common problems musicians face when presbyopia begins to affect performance and how we could solve the problems he was facing. Not long after Brian visited us in Meltham, bringing his instrument and music with him. We conducted a thorough eye test and measured all Brians working distances. Taking all the necessary facial and frame measurements to create some bespoke musicians lenses to allow Brian to see the music and conductor. Allegro Optical the musicians optician helping you see the music and more opticians Huddersfield Holmfirth and Saddleworth Uppermill Greenfield We designed a monocular lens solution as Brian has a very dominant right eye and his instrument obscures part of his visual field. This is a very unique solution, but we have found this work well for instrumentalists who play larger bulky instruments such as the tuba. When Brian collected his new glasses he commented that he can now see the whole page of music without having to move his head. Initially, it felt a bit strange but within a few minutes, he was adapting to the new lens design well. Brian was able to see clearly in the distance with a visual acuity of 6/8 and can read to N4 in his new glasses. But more importantly, he can now read two full pages of music on his music stand without having to move his head. Brian Law - Longridge band When asked about his new glasses Brian said; “After recently changing instrument from Baritone to Bass, I found that it was almost impossible to see the full page of music with the varifocal glasses that I had. Mainly due to the restrictions imposed by the instrument.  My new glasses give me a perfect view of the full page of music without having to move the instrument or music stand, whilst still being able to look up and see the Musical Director.  All in all, I am extremely happy with my new glasses. My thanks go to Allegro optical for their patience and professionalism“.

Our solution in focus

Seeing the music on the stand and the conductor and fellow musicians often isn’t a problem for the younger musician. However, once we reach middle age things become a little more challenging. Our eyes begin to struggle with focusing on objects which are near. Initially, it is just reading which presents a problem. But then computer screens and for musicians, the music stand distance begins to blur. Many musicians are prescribed single vision lenses for the music stand, but that then blurs the conductor. Not ideal if your role in the ensemble involves watching what the conductor is doing. Many opticians prescribe office or occupational lenses. However, these don’t always provide a satisfactory solution as the working distances are all wrong for the musician. Varifocals too don’t provide a perfect solution and the area of the music stand is often too small. At Allegro Optical we know that every musician is different. For that reason, we create a completely bespoke lens solution. Our approach allows the musician to enjoy a much wider and deeper field of view to the usual off the shelf lens options. Some manufacturers offer musicians lenses but these tend to have a preset depth of field. This is ok if playing in one place all the time, but doesn’t allow for different venues or playing positions. As a specialist in this field, and as musicians ourselves we understand the complex needs of many musicians and performers. If you are a musician who has problems seeing the music give us a call. Contact Allegro Optical Opticians on 01484 907090 for Meltham or 01457 353100 for Greenfield to book a consultation.