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A Scottish Pianists journey to clear vision – From Perthshire to Saddleworth

Scottish pianist Muriel Johnstone

travelled through The Torrent to visit The Optical Majician in Saddleworth

Muriel Johnstone is arguably one of Scotlands’ most prolific composers of Scottish country dance music ever, and one of the Scottish Country Dance Society’s best-loved musicians. Born in West Hartlepool, England to Scottish parents who were both dancers, Muriel was exposed to music from a young age. Muriel studied music at Edinburgh University and went on to forge an enviable career with a vast catalogue of recordings, compositions and publications.

Muriel Johnstone is arguably one of Scotlands’ most prolific composers of Scottish country dance music ever, and one of the Scottish Country Dance Society’s best-loved musicians. Born in West Hartlepool, England to Scottish parents who were both dancers, Muriel was exposed to music from a young age. Muriel studied music at Edinburgh University and went on to forge an enviable career with a vast catalogue of , compositions and .she buys her glasses at Allegro Optical Opticians

Having taught and performed in many countries including the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and many more, muriel knows a thing or two about Scottish music. Having qualified in the study of classical music (BMus and LRAM) she has become a sought after performer, accompanist (especially for dance) and teacher, bringing into prominence the role of piano in traditional music.

Muriel has over 800 compositions in the Traditional Scottish genre, a good many of which are for dancing. With many pieces commissioned to celebrate events and festivals. Muriel’s Scottish dance music includes reels, jigs, strathspeys, pastoral airs and waltzes. Her additional repertoire encompasses other forms of music inspired by the beautiful landscape of her home.

The Dilemma

With so many fantastic achievements under her belt and a huge catalogue of compositions, Muriel was becoming frustrated when making music. Having had pretty poor eyesight all her life Muriel turned to laser surgery in 2005. She elected to undergo monovision correction and chose bilateral monovision LASIK correction. Monovision (MV) is a correction to compensate for presbyopia. One eye is corrected for distance while the other eye corrected for near vision. Patients should be able to suppress the blurred image from one eye and see clearly at all distances without glasses. However, this surgery may not be suitable for some patients. Those whom night driving and/or reading are an essential part of their life. Reading music on the stand is an essential part of Muriel’s life. Recently this compromise in visual acuity was becoming an increasing problem.

Muriel Johnstone is arguably one of Scotlands’ most prolific composers of Scottish country dance music ever, and one of the Scottish Country Dance Society’s best-loved musicians. Born in West Hartlepool, England to Scottish parents who were both dancers, Muriel was exposed to music from a young age. Muriel studied music at Edinburgh University and went on to forge an enviable career with a vast catalogue of , compositions and .she buys her glasses at Allegro Optical Opticians

Our regular readers will have seen previous blogs where we talk about the problems monovision refractive surgery causes musicians. Muriel is no exception. Like Swiss Cornet player Angelo Bearpark, the surgery had a detrimental effect on Muriel’s vision when focusing on the music stand. Muriel visited her usual optician in November 2018 but was unhappy with the solution provided. She returned in February and was dispensed with a pair of varifocals. While useful for daily tasks were unsuitable for playing the piano.

Muriel then visited her optician for a third time in July and was dispensed with a pair of single vision glasses for driving. However these were not as clear as the varifocals. She was also provided with a pair of occupational lenses for music. But she couldn’t read the music without leaning forward considerably, which wasn’t practical. It seemed her optician was unable to help and at this point Muriel began researching musicians eyecare and discovered Allegro Optical.

The Happy Meeting

Muriel contacted us and explained her problems with her vision. She talked about her frustration at a failure to acquire a satisfactory solution. We talked at length about Muriel’s working distances, the instruments she plays and her previous refractive surgery. However our location, in the heart of Saddleworth in the small village of Greenfield, was hardly convenient. We are over 500 kilometers from Muriels’ home, but she decided to fly down for a consultation anyway.

Managing Director Stephen met Muriel at the airport. They had a very wet trip to Greenfield from Manchester chatting about all things music. When they arrived, Muriel received an extended eye examination with our fabulous Gospel singer, flautist and optometrist Gemma. Having performed in some iconic venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Tate Modern, Gemma completely understands a performers visual needs and was able to find a suitable prescription.

Figure it out

As a result of the bilateral monovision LASIK correction Gemma found Muriel needed uneven near and music stand additions. She also has a variable ocular dominance, as would be expected post LASIK.

Playing a piano and sometimes the organ Muriel needs a very wide field of view. Her previous optician had tried to address this by dispensing Zeiss Occupational lenses. They felt the working distance of the lenses were the closest to Muriel’s needs. Sadly for Muriel they didn’t work as she had to keep leaning forwards to get the music in focus.

Unfortunately Zeiss, like most large lens manufacturers don’t make lenses specifically for musicians. So it was always going to be a bit of a compromise. Even using the best of the ZEISS Office Lens portfolio with Maximum Intermediate Distance (M.I.D.) technology, the lenses didn’t work.

The Solution

To resolve Muriel’s vision problems and give her clear vision across four sheets of music and the ability to see her audience we had to create a lens design to her Muriel the widest possible field of view. We based her lens design on our Fogotto range of lenses but added an anamorphic component design to widen her field of view further. The term anamorphic derives from the Greek words meaning ”formed again.” This enables us to squeeze in more lateral vision. We also incorporated some prism assistance to help with fixation and fatigue when playing for long periods of time.

Muriel’s lenses are made from a 1.67 high index optical resin. This provides durability with minimal weight as she often plays for hours at a time. The last thing she needs is a heavy pair of spectacles weighing on her nose. As Muriel doesn’t always play alone, at times she needs to see her fellow performers, so we needed to produce the lenses in as wide but flattering shape as possible. Muriel chose the beautiful Crystal Diva rimless frame by Silhouette, although we glazed it with a larger lens shape to give a better field of view.

Muriel Johnstone is arguably one of Scotlands’ most prolific composers of Scottish country dance music ever, and one of the Scottish Country Dance Society’s best-loved musicians. Born in West Hartlepool, England to Scottish parents who were both dancers, Muriel was exposed to music from a young age. Muriel studied music at Edinburgh University and went on to forge an enviable career with a vast catalogue of , compositions and .she buys her glasses at Allegro Optical Opticians

A Celebration Jig

Once fitted with her new glasses a few weeks later Muriel was delighted. She was utterly surprised by the clarity her new spectacles provided. We even had a cheeky whisky to celebrate. When asked how she felt about her new glasses she said; “I just want you to know how THRILLED I am with all of my new glasses. My eyes feel very comfortable in the varifocals and later today I hope to have a long session at the piano to really test my (stunning) music glasses! Thank you again.”

Why do musicians come to Allegro Optical?

As an independent family run business, we are gaining an international reputation for professional excellence and an inventive approach to meeting customer needs.

Now known internationally as the ‘Musicians Opticians’ we are attracting many clients from across Europe and further afield. Our groundbreaking work with performers, players and conductors has resulted in Allegro Optical becoming the first and only opticians to gain registration with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

We treat each client as an individual because they are. It is true that no two musicians are the same, So why should their vision correction be? We enjoy creating unique lenses to meet a musician’s particular needs. As musicians ourselves we can ask the right questions and interpret the answers accordingly.

Award-winning eye-care

So successful has Allegro Optical been in helping performers that this year alone we have scooped no less than five national and regional awards. These awards include the National ‘Best New Arts & Entertainment Business of the Year‘ at a gala event in London. Managing Director Sheryl Doe was awarded the 2019 ‘Dispensing Optician of the Year‘ and she has been shortlisted for the AOP Dispensing Optician of the year 2020.

During March Allegro Optical was awarded the ‘Scale-Up Business of the Year‘ at the regional finals of the Federation of Small Business awards in York and went on to receive the FSB Chairman’s award at the national finals in May. Finally winning the FBU Yorkshire family business of the year. Allegro Optical’s unique optical solution and our cutting edge approach to dispensing has led to the group being named finalists in the Huddersfield Examiners Business Awards in the Innovation and Enterprise category.

The company has been featured in many national publications including The Times 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman and Music Teacher Magazine.

Are you are a musician who is struggling with their vision? Is making music is no longer the enjoyable experience it once was? If so call us at either Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090.

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Nouvelle “Entente Cordiale” lorsqu’Agnès, joueuse de cornemuse, cherche du côté de Saddleworth et Holmfirth pour résoudre ses problèmes de vue.

Un bon nombre de musiciens dépités nous contactent par téléphones et quelques-uns sur notre site Internet. À l’occasion, une requête nous donne à réfléchir, ce qui a bien été le cas quand Agnès Lefèbvre, enseignante de cornemuse à Paris, nous a contactés.

Agnès nous a expliqué qu’elle avait de sérieuses difficultés à fixer son regard non pas sur la musique de son pupitre mais sur celle de ses étudiants. Après avoir consulté au moins quatre différents optométristes dans l’espoir de trouver des lunettes qui correspondent à ses besoins, Agnès se retrouvait déçue et dépitée. Elle nous a expliqué qu’elle avait besoin de lire à la fois la musique sur son pupitre et sur celui de ses étudiants. Elle avait tout essayé : des verres uni-focaux avec un point focal pour son pupitre, des verres uni-focaux pour le pupitre de ses étudiants, des verres progressifs et professionnels. Rien ne marchait et elle ne savait plus quoi faire.

Piper Agnes plays with a number of marching pip bands and turned to Allegro Optical the musicians optician for help to see the music and reducing eyesight

De plus en plus désappointée, Agnès s’est dirigée vers Internet dans sa quête d’une solution à ses difficultés visuelles et elle a trouvé Allegro Optical. Quand elle a pris contact avec nous, elle a expliqué ce dont elle avait besoin et a décrit ce qu’elle attendait d’une paire de “lunettes de musique“. Agnès se tient à droite de ses étudiants et a souvent besoin de deux pupitres, un devant l’étudiant et un pour elle.

Agnès enseigne à ses étudiants à jouer une variété de cornemuses et de binious soit français soit écossais. Un trait de nombreuses cornemuses françaises est la position du bourdon ténor sur la même souche que le tuyau mélodique au lieu d’être le long du bourdon de basse. Ceci positionne l’étudiant à gauche de l’enseignant et peut occasionner un défi visuel.

Tout est question de tuyaux

Piper Agnes plays with a number of marching pip bands and turned to Allegro Optical the musicians optician for help to see the music and reducing eyesight

Heureusement notre Directeur Général Stephen Tighe a un bon nombre d’amis qui jouent de la cornemuse et ainsi d’anciens collègues de fanfare militaire ont reçu quelques coups de téléphone. En général on joue de la cornemuse de mémoire, sans partition,

dans un défilé ; il n’y avait donc que le problème des leçons à résoudre. Nous avons donc travaillé avec A

gnès sur Skype et l’avons observée pendant ses leçons pour arriver à une solution intéressante.

Ce dont Agnès avait besoin était une lentille à puissance dioptrique moindre à l’œil gauche pour lui permettre de voir sa propre partition et celle de ses étudiants. Nous avons donc préparé pour Agnès un verre uni-focal à l’œil droit pour son propre pupitre et un de nos verres Fogotto, pivoté à 90 degrés à l’œil gauche.

Une perspective de musiciens

Agnes loves her new glasses from Allegro OPtical opticians in Greenfield Saddleworth and Holmfirth The musician's optician

Ces solutions monoculaires permettent ainsi à Agnès de lire sa partition tout en suivant ce que ses étudiants sont en train de jouer. Nous avons posté les nouvelles lunettes d’Agnès sous une quinzaine et avons attendu sa réaction. Très vite Agnès a pris contact avec ces mots :
Les lunettes sont les meilleures que j’aie jamais eues, merci beaucoup. Je dois toujours bouger un peu, il me semble, mais pas autant qu’avec les lunettes d’avant. Je vois beaucoup mieux la partition de mes étudiants et monbureau, et celles-ci sont vraiment supérieures à mes anciennes lunettes. J’avais un peu peur d’acheter des lunettes en ligne, mais je suis vraiment satisfaite de la qualité de la monture et des verres. Votre service clientèle est sans pareil et je ferai de nouveau appel à vous sans le moindre doute. J’ai déjà recommandé votre entreprise à plusieurs amis.”

Pourquoi les musiciens viennent-ils à Allegro Optical ?

Nous sommes une entreprise familiale qui gagne une réputation internationale d’excellence professionnelle et de créativité face aux besoins de nos clients. Étant désormais connus à l’échelle internationale comme les “Opticiens des
Musiciens” nous attirons une clientèle dans toute l’Europe et bien au-delà. Notre travail novateur avec des artistes, des interprètes et des chefs d’orchestre a fait d’Allegro Optical le premier et le seul opticien à être enregistré par l’Association Britannique de Médecine pour les Arts du Spectacle. Nous considérons chaque client individuellement et il est vrai que chaque musicien est unique. Pourquoi donc la correction de leur vision ne le serait-elle pas ? Nous
sommes heureux de créer des verres uniques pour répondre aux besoins particuliers de chaque musicien. Étant nous-mêmes musiciens, nous savons poser les bonnes questions et en interpréter les réponses.

Soins oculaires primés

Un soin oculaire primé Le succès d’Allegro Optical dans son aide aux artistes a été tel que nous avons, rien
que cette année, décroché cinq accolades nationales et régionales, dont le prix national de la Meilleure Nouvelle Entreprise des Arts et du Spectacle, à un évènement de Londres. En 2019 notre Directrice Générale, Sheryl Doe, a été nommée Opticienne de l’Année. En mars Allegro Optical a été nommée Entreprise en Croissance de l’Année en finale régionale de la Fédération des Petites Entreprises à York et par la suite a reçu le prix en finale nationale du Président de la Fédération des Petites Entreprises en mai. Enfin Allegro Optical a remporté le prix du Yorkshire comme Entreprise Familiale de l’Année.

La compagnie a été présentée dans de nombreuses publications nationales telles que The Times, 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman et Music Teacher Magazine.

Si vous êtes un musicien ou une musicienne qui a des problèmes de vue et si la musique n’est plus pour vous le plaisir qu’elle était, appelez-nous soit à Greenfield au (+44) 1457 353100 soit à Meltham au (+44) 1484 907090.

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Allegro Optical enjoys “Entente Cordiale” between Paris and Saddleworth

It was “Entente Cordiale” when ’Cornemuse’, or French Bagpipe player Agnes looked to Saddleworth and Holmfirth for a solution to her vision problems.

We receive quite a few enquiries through our website from frustrated musicians and a good number over the phone. Occasionally an enquiry gives us pause for thought and this was exactly what happened when Parisienne French Pipe teacher Agnes Lefebvere contacted us. 

Agnes explained that she was having real problems focusing, not on her music on her stand, but on that of her students. She had visited at least four optometrists. Always trying to try to find a pair of spectacles which met her needs Agnes was disappointed and frustrated. Agnes explained to us that she needed to read both music on her stand and her students. Having tried single vision glasses with a set point of focus for her music stand, a single focus pair for her students stand, varifocals and occupational lenses, all of which hadn’t worked, she was at her whits end.

Piper Agnes plays with a number of marching pip bands and turned to Allegro Optical the musicians optician for help to see the music and reducing eyesight

Increasingly frustrated, Agnes took to the internet. She set about trying to try to find a solution to her vision problems and found Allegro Optical. When she contacted us she explained her requirements and set out what she expected from a pair of “music glasses”. Agnes stands to the right of her students and often has to use two music stands, one in front of the student and her own.

It’s all about the pipes

Agnes teaches her students how to play a variety of both French and Scottish pipes and bagpipes. A feature of many French bagpipes is the position of the tenor drone. Located in the same stock as the chanter rather than alongside the bass drone. This places the student on the teachers left and can provide some visual challenges.

Luckily our Managing Director Stephen Tighe has quite a few Bagpipe playing friends. So a few phone calls were made to old military band colleagues. Pipers don’t usually use printed music when marching. They tend to play from memory, so it was just the teaching problems to solve. Working with Agnes using Skype and watching her teach  we came up with an interesting solution. 

It’s all about approaching the problem from a musicians perspective

Piper Agnes plays with a number of marching pip bands and turned to Allegro Optical the musicians optician for help to see the music and reducing eyesight

What Agnes needed was a lens that weakened in dioptric power for her left eye.  This would allow her to view her own music and her students. We dispensed Agnes with a single focus lens to her right eye for her music stand and one of our Fogoto lenses, rotated by 90 degrees to her left. The monocular solutions allows Agnes to read her own music while also being able to follow what her students are playing.

Agnes loves her new glasses from Allegro OPtical opticians in Greenfield Saddleworth and Holmfirth The musician's optician

We posted the new glasses to Agnes a couple of weeks later and waited to hear how she got on. It wasn’t long before Agnes contacted us saying; “My husband picked up my new glasses in the mail on Wednesday when we were not there when they tried to deliver them. The glasses are so much better than anything I’ve ever used before, thank you very much.

I think I still have to move a little, but not as much as in previous pairs. Now I see the music of my students and my own desk much better. They are definitely better than my old glasses. I was a little afraid to buy glasses online, but I am very satisfied with the quality of frames and glasses. Your customer service is second to none and I will definitely be using your business again. I already recommended you to several friends. Thank you for your help.”

Why do musicians come to Allegro Optical?

An independent family run business we are gaining an international reputation for professional excellence and an inventive approach to meeting customer needs.

Now known internationally as the ‘Musicians Opticians’ we are attracting many clients from across Europe and further a field. Our groundbreaking work with performers, players and conductors has resulted in Allegro Optical becoming the first and only opticians to gain registration with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).  

We treat each client as an individual and it is true that no two musicians are the same. SO why should their vision correction be? We enjoy creating unique lenses to meet a musician’s particular needs. As musicians ourselves we can ask the right questions and interpret the answers accordingly.

Award-winning eye-care

So successful has Allegro Optical been in helping performers that this year alone we have scooped no less than five national and regional awards. These awards include the National ‘Best New Arts & Entertainment Business of the Year‘ at a gala event in London. Managing Director Sheryl Doe was awarded the 2019 ‘Dispensing Optician of the Year‘. During March Allegro Optical was awarded the  ‘Scale-Up Business of the Year‘ at the regional finals of the Federation of Small Business awards in York and went on to receive the FSB Chairman’s award at the national finals in May. Finally winning the FBU Yorkshire family business of the year.

The company has been featured in many national publications including The Times 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman and Music Teacher Magazine.

Are you are a musician who is struggling with their vision? Is making music is no longer the enjoyable experience it once was? If so call us at either Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090.

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With music in our ears, our eyes are on a prize

Well what a weekend that was! The Allegro Optical’s roadshow team have hardly had a restful weekend. It was all aboard for a trip to Cheltenham. We were attending the 1st – 4th Séction, National Brass Band Championship Finals of GB. It’s been a busy few days meeting old and new friends. 

We were kept pretty busy on the Allegro Optical trade stand. As the Allegro Optical brand becomes more prominent, more musicians are keen to find out more. They were all interested in our fantastic musicians’ lenses. Which provide a clear view of the conductor and the music on the stand. 

Allegro Optical at the National Brass Band Finals 2019

A Huddersfield Examiner Award is in Meltham’s sights 

This week, those unique lenses are the talk of the town, as we are delighted to announce that Allegro Optical have been named finalist in award category “Innovation and Enterprise” category of this year’s Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards. The winners in each category will be revealed at a black tie awards evening. On Thursday 7th at the John Smith’s Stadium and we’re keeping our fingers crossed.EXAMINER BUSINESS AWARDS FINALIST LOGO 2019.

The design and layout of our musicians lenses varies according to the instrument played, the size of the instrument, and the musicians’ position in the ensemble. Unlike most other lens designs on the market. Our lenses and dispensing procedures are designed and dispensed by qualified dispensing opticians who are also musicians. The lens layouts are also designed from a musicians perspective, meaning a much better field of view for the performer. This allows a much more comfortable playing position and natural field of view. 

Allegro Optical the musicians optician in Saddleworth and Holmfirth

With an optical practice full of instruments, many musicians don’t even have to worry about bringing theirs with them. This is particularly handy if you’re a pianist or string bassist. In fact we think we are probably the only opticians in the world to have a piano in the test room.

Super Saddleworth or Bikes, Buses, Brass and Bands

With news of the award nomination still ringing in our ears, we started the weekend on a high. What a fabulous weekend it was. Especially for the Saddleworth team who were kept busy. There was a bit of an influx of people to Greenfield as the Tour of Britain passed through the village. 

We were on hand in Cheltenham to cheer on our many friends and clients in Uppermill Band as they left Saddleworth behind and took to the stage, winning the third section by a country mile.

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It’s been a fantastic year for Uppermill Band and they’ve finished on a high. We wish them huge congratulations as they celebrate a worthy win and promotion back into the Second Section. Greenfield’s resident dispensing optician Claire, was over them moon, as her Dad celebrated the win for a band very close to his heart.

Uppermill Band were joined in the competition by none other than our  Managing Director, Stephen Tighe. Steve was conducting his own band from Kippax. There was plenty of friendly rivalry as the competition progressed. Kippax did extremely well finishing 5th and beating 13 other bands from across the UK. Not bad for a band who faced relegation just 12 months ago and then went on to win their area finals and compete in this national finals.

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What’s in store for September

Not content with Bikes, Bands and Business awards, the team are always keen to stay busy. Firstly, as this week sees us getting ready for our forthcoming Italian event, starting on Thursday 26th September, when we will be featuring the very best of Italian eyewear.

To book your appointment with the quick and lively team at Allegro Optical call  Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 and experience award winning eye care for yourself.

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Say goodbye to itchy dry eyes

Make itchy dry eyes a thing of the past

Do your eyes ever feel dry and itchy? Do your eyes water all the time? Are your eyes sticky in the mornings? Are you always having to wipe your eyes?

If you’ve answered yes to more than one of these questions the chances are you are suffering from dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome or dry eye disease is exactly what it says. For several reasons your eyes become dry and uncomfortable. 

Say goodbye to dry eyes with Allegro Optical Optician in Greenfield Saddleworth ans Meltham Holmfirth

A normal healthy eye blinks on average 22 times per minute. A blink is a mechanism designed to keep our eyes fresh and lubricated. The problem in winter is that we tend to bump up the heating and spend more time indoors. Often we spend more time on our computers or watching TV, both these activities have a negative effect upon our eyes. Central heating is drying and staring at a computer or TV screen reduces blinking.

Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable, but it is a relatively easy condition to treat. Some treatments include lubricants or dry drops, sometimes we recommend a hot compress or eyelid massage.

We are what we eat

Did you know that certain foods can help maintain proper hydration of your eyes. You might recall this advice from your childhood, “eating more carrots will help you see better.” Well, that’s not exactly true, but to ease the symptoms, you must have a daily intake of several key nutrients.

Potassium

Potassium is great for dry eyes because it is one of the important components that comprise your tear film. Low levels of potassium have been linked to damage to your tear film, and potassium is critical the maintenance of film thickness.

To keep your potassium levels high, eat these foods: 

  • Bananas
  • Sweet potatoes, Potatoes
  • White beans
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms

Allegro Optical opticians recommend foods rich in potassium Food Sources as dried apricots, raisins, avocado, cocoa, bean, pumpkin seeds, dried banana, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, fresh banana, hazelnuts, almonds

Antioxidants

Dry eyes can be caused by damage from free radicals in the body, and studies have

shown that antioxidants can help fight these free radicals and so slow the process of oxidation.

Antioxidant rich foods are easy to identify because they are usually a rich dark colour, these foods include all our eye health favourites and some superfoods:

  • Spinach, Kale, collard greens
  • Acai berries, Goji berries, blueberries etc

Some studies have found that taking supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids can decrease dry eye symptoms. Good sources of omega-3s include cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and cod. For the vegetarians out there try flaxseed oil.

Simply drinking more water can help relieve dry eye symptoms. Mild dehydration has been proven to make dry eye symptoms worse. This is particularly true during hot, dry and windy weather.

Allegro Optical opticians recommend foods rich in antioxidents as oranges, lemons, red pepper, kiwi,tomatoes, bananas, pears, apples, walnuts, watermelon, hazelnuts, peach and green grape

‘Think Blink’

When concentrating (eg using a computer or driving), we can blink up to 5 times less often, this leads to increased tear evaporation. Remembering to blink more often can help keep the surface of your eye moist and reduce dry eye symptoms.

Remove the make up

For those who like a bit of glam, always remove your eye makeup. Eyeliner and other eye makeup can clog the openings of your meibomian glands at the base of your eyelashes. Blocked meibomian glands can lead to meibomian gland dysfunction and evaporative dry eye. At the end of the day always be diligent about remove all traces of makeup from your lids and lashes.

Allegro Optical Opticians recommends removing makeup with cotton pad

Clean your eyelids

When washing your face before bedtime, gently wash your eyelids, this will help to remove the bacteria that can cause blepharitis and meibomian gland problems. Which in turn lead to dry eye symptoms. Apply a clean, warm, moist face cloth to your closed lids for at least 20 seconds. Then gently wash your lids and lashes with a mild cleanser, or use pre-moistened eyelid wipes sold in our practices.

Sometime however dry eye can be caused by an underlying condition. More severe symptoms of dry eye syndrome include extreme light sensitivity (photophobia), very red and painful eyes, and deterioration in your vision.

If you have any of these severe symptoms, this can be a sign of a serious complication. If this is the case contact us  immediately, either by calling Greenfield on 01457 353199 or Meltham on 01484 907090 for appropriate advice or an appointment.

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Make A Spectacle Of Yourself At Allegro Optical

Find your perfect spectacles at Allegro Optical

Glasses have long been at the forefront of fashion and it seems as if nothing will change, with transparent funky designs and retro spectacles being among the most popular. Frequently worn out of necessity, our number one accessory has seen a surge in popularity and many people now wear them out of choice.

It’s Personal

Everyone is an individual, and we like to get to know our clients. We never inflict our tastes on you, as a consultation at Allegro Optical is all about you. Our dispensing opticians get to know what you like, we ask about your hobbies and interests. We also ask about your lifestyle to find the very best glasses for you. 

You will be asked about what colours you like to wear and feel good in. We also ask where you like to shop, if you like tailoring or vintage fashion? If you do, you’ll probably be drawn to elegant understated or vintage fashion. Something like a round eye or classic cats eye design. If boho is more your thing we think you’ll adore our more daring styles in soft pastels or translucent colours. Whatever your style we will try to help you to see and look your best .

Colour is King

Glasses are the only item of clothing we wear every single day of our lives, so make a statement about yourself with them. Too often people try to choose glasses which will go with everything, making a compromise from the very start. 

We advise all our clients to choose frames which go with their colouring. We look at skin tones, hair and eye colour.  Choosing a frame colour that compliments your natural colours is a good way to make the best of your facial features. 

Colour and style analysis at Allegro Optical Saddleworth's and Holmfirth's only multi-award winning optician

Shaping Up

Many of us have a feature we aren’t so keen on. Maybe it’s a long nose or a round face, some of us feel we have fat cheeks or those of us hate our double chins or thin lips. We all have a feature we would rather hide. Believe it or not, this can often be done with the aid of a well chosen pair spectacle frame. 

If you have a long nose, choose a plastic frame with a thicker bridge, this will break up the line of the longer nose making it appear shorter. A thicker, denser frame style will call attention to itself and draw other peoples eyes away horizontally towards the ears. 

Go for a lower Bridge, a high-set bridge lowers the lenses in the frame, placing them beside the nose, therefore increasing the effect of size and mass in that area. So, a lower-set bridge will raise the lenses a bit, drawing them away from the nose area.

There are tricks in every trade and when it comes to making the most of your features we know which ones to use.

Multiplicity

Ladies, how many pairs of shoes do you own? We are fairly certain it’s more than one. Would you wear  jeans and a t-shirt to a board meeting, or a meal at a fancy restaurant? Would you wear gym gear to a Wedding? Hopefully not. All of us  have different outfits for different occasions. Yet people so often have only one pair of glasses hoping that one pair will do for all things? 

Last year a study of 300 spectacle wearers looked at where glasses sat in peoples list of priorities against other items. The survey revealed that 38% owned only 1 pair of glasses and just 8% had 3 to 5 pairs  – this includes spares, prescription sunglasses, occupational lenses and so on. Just 1 in 12 of those surveyed had multiple pairs. However by comparison 5% of respondents had just 1 pair of shoes and 33% had 3 to 5 pairs. When asked about bags it  was very similar, just 6% had one bag whilst 20% had 3 to 5 bags.  

The survey also showed that those with the most resistant to having a spare pair of glasses are usually those who need them the most. People with very high prescriptions, who drive for a living and those who can’t legally drive without any glasses often don’t have a spare. Or if they do it’s with an old prescription.   

It’s not decadent, it makes sense

Often purchasing more than one pair of glasses is seen as outrageous or decadent, but is it really? We advise our clients to at least consider having more than one pair of spectacles for an alternative look, or for a different need altogether (sunglasses, hobbies etc…) Even as a back-up in case something goes wrong with their others. Or a pair to help with the hours spent in front of a computer screen? 

We’re not naïve; it’s true, good glasses are an investment, and we want our clients to have good glasses. However a second, third or even fourth pair of glasses does not have to be outrageously expensive. 

Cost per Wear

When you think about the cost per wear glasses are one of the most cost effective items in your wardrobe. The average pair of glasses costs less than 41 pence a day if worn everyday for a year. A £30 dress would have to be worn 85 time to achieve the same cost per wear. You’re worth more than that surely?

To find your perfect eyewear call Greenfield, Saddleworth on 01457 353100 or Meltham, Holmfirth on 01484 907090