Thanks to a lucky prize win Katrina can now see the music and moreWell, that is definitely not that case at Allegro Optical Opticians. Based in Greenfield, Saddleworth and Meltham in Holmfirth we run regular FREE prize draws, both in store and when we take our Road-Show around the country. Each draw gives that lucky someone a chance to win a pair of our fantastic musicians spectacles. Our most recent lucky winner was Katrina Woodward a horn player with Uppermill Band who has benefited from coming to see and had been fitted with not one, but two free pairs of musician’s glasses. One pair for playing from the stand and a second pair for playing from the lyer. Katrina, like all musicians, needs to be able to see the music on the stand clearly. So having a crisp view of the music is essential. She not only needs to focus at all the distances required of a horn player she also gets called upon to march and play at the same time. Marching and playing from one’s lyre is something many brass band players do, especially during the Whit Friday contests which are held in Tameside and Saddleworth. Also, during the National Remembrance Services and Marches which commemorate those who gave their lives in the service of their country.
Problem solvedHaving visited Allegro Optical in Meltham for a musicians consultation where we able to calculate the exact prescription required for both Katrina’s music positions and design two pairs of lenses to correct her vision in both situations. When she collected her new glasses Katrina was impressed by the clarity of her vision at all distances. When asked about how it felt to win the draw and how her new glasses had helped her when playing she said; “I was really pleased and surprised to win the prize draw. My new glasses are great, it makes such a big difference when wearing them at Uppermill. No more looking over the top of my glasses at the conductor like a school teacher! I can’t wait to wear my new marching glasses on Whit Sunday and Whit Friday.“
So why do musicians experience problems when trying to see the music?Mature players often experience focusing problems. Usually caused by changes in the structure of the crystalline lens causing the stiffening of the ocular muscles. Many musicians struggle to focus on all the different distances required of their profession. A great deal of musicians are unaware that there is a solution to the problem. They soldier on trying all kinds of ad-hoc remedies. 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? As performers and musicians ourselves we understand the many visual requirements our passion requires. As a result, we can prescribe a selection of lenses designed and dispensed specifically to suit the performer’s needs. By creating a solution especially for the client, we can provide a perfect visual solution. As optical professionals, we understand the variety of dispensing challenges that practitioners may face when a musician presents in practice. Allegro Optical is currently the National Best New Business – Arts and Entertainment Business of the Year, an accolade received for our services to the Arts and Entertainment industry. Having seen our co-founder Sheryl Doe win the ‘National Dispensing Optician of the Year 2019’ award in March at the annual Optician Awards, Allegro Optical are well placed to provide an opticians experience which is second to none. As the only Opticians registered with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). You know you will be in safe hands. If you are a musician who has problems seeing the music give us a call at Allegro Optical Opticians. For Greenfield, Saddleworth call 01457 353100 or Meltham, Holmfirth on 01484 907090 for advice or to book a consultation.
Award-Winning eyecare driving quality in optics and focusing on your vision with cutting edge technology
The UK law states that all drivers must be able to read a licence plate at 20.5m in clear weather conditions. While wearing their spectacles or contact lenses (if required) whilst driving. But did you know that in addition to this there are specific visual field requirements relating to driving standards? If you drive with an uncorrected vision problem or eye condition, you risk a fine of £1000. Or having points added to your licence or in some counties having your licence revoked.
In some cases, you are required to inform the DVLA that you have developed an eye condition. You may then be required to take more regular eye tests with reports being sent on to the DVLA. Road safety charity Brake, have been campaigning for many years for zero tolerance of impaired driving and encourage drivers to get their eyes tested regularly.
At Allegro Optical Opticians we can offer in-depth specialist eye examinations. Therefore ensuring that you will meet all of the required DVLA visual requirements. We will check both your central peripheral (side) vision. Should you need it, will prescribe and recommend corrective eyewear. Our dispensing opticians will assist you in choosing suitable frames and lenses to get you on the road again. So maybe you’re thinking it’s time to book an appointment for an eye examination?
Why should you choose Allegro Optical for your eye examination
Not only are we a national award-winning independent family owned and run eyecare practice, we always put people first. When you visit Allegro Optical for your eye examination you will receive a warm welcome before having your eyes by one of our team of the most highly qualified optometrists. All our optical professionals are fully qualified and registered UK Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.
We use a range of advanced equipment to test your eyes. Our advanced 3D OCT eye scanner (Optical Coherence Tomography) is one of the most advanced optical scanners in the world. We recommend the 3D OCT Scan to most of our patients. It is the gold standard OCT as used by many hospitals. An OCT scan is a simple and completely non-contact examination of the soft tissues of the eye. It is an extremely valuable test enabling early detection of any problems, enabling better treatment options and improved visual outcomes. The images we take will be saved on your record. They can then be used for comparison during future visits allowing us to detect even the smallest changes.
Your prescription is fully guaranteed when dispensed by Allegro Optica. You will be offered a variety of solutions to best suit your needs. If you are not completely satisfied by your examination or your vision correction, no problem! Just come back to see us and we will do our utmost to resolve any issues you may be experiencing at no extra cost. As you can appreciate we are not able to offer this level of service if the prescription is dispensed elsewhere.
A family affair delivering an award-winning experience
As a family run business, we believe in building meaningful relationships with our patients. You will nearly always see the same Optometrist and Dispensing Optician year on year. Being a family team we’re not going anywhere and our staff are all long-serving and active members of the community.
No matter what your needs, our team are fully experienced at looking after all age groups, from babies to senior citizens, as well as those with communication problems, dementia & physical disabilities.
Allegro Optical are the current holders of quite a few awards including The Dispensing Optician of the Year 2019 and Entrepreneur of the Year. Both held by Managing Director and Dispensing Optician Sheryl Doe. Allegro Optical also hold the Art and Entertainment Business of the Year award for our work in the field of musicians and performers eyecare. We were also regional winners in the FSB Yorkshire and Humber Scale-Up Business of the year award, following the opening of our Greenfield practice in January.
We are also finalists in the family business of the year award so please feel free to vote for us here Allegro Optical employs 7 family members across two generations. Three if you count grandsons Matt and Fin who regularly appear in photoshoots modelling our latest children’s eyewear.
Is there anything else that you need to know? Why not just ask us a question via our contact us page or by e-mail at email@example.com or telephone Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 0148 4 907090.