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Pets and their vision by Dispensing Optician Claire Atkinson

Dispensing Optician Claire Atkinson takes a closer look at our pets, their vision and how they see the world around them.

How does your dog see

Here at Allegro Optical, we are all animal lovers and between us have a variety of different pets, so I thought it would be quite interesting to do this blog to look closer at our pets and how they see the world.


When dogs look at us lovingly, what is it they are really seeing? It has been found that nearly all dogs are near sighted to varying degrees depending on the breed. However, they are more sensitive to motion at a distance. It is estimated 10-20 times more than humans are. This means that they are well suited to hunting at dawn and dusk.

Xan and DanDan

Interestingly, their colour vision is limited and is similar to that of a human who has red/green colour blindness. They are less sensitive to variations of grey shades and half as sensitive to brightness changes.

A dog’s stereopsis, (ability to perceive the world in 3 dimensions), is usually affected by the set of their eyes and the length of their nose. Adults performed better than juveniles when testing this.

Steve Sheryl and Dan


Our feline friends have a slightly wider field of view than humans. They have 200 degrees compared to a humans’ 180 degrees. They also have 6-8 more rod cells which are more sensitive to lower light conditions than a humans eyes but humans have 10 times more cones so see a broader spectrum of colour.

Helen and Dolly

Cats eyes glow when light is shined at them due to a reflective structure which is part of the retina known as the tapetum lucidum. This amplifies the light to allow them to see better in the dark. Cows, horses and ferrets also have this.

Cats vision Cat vision (top) is compared with human vision (bottom)*.


Of the 5 senses, eyesight is more acute in parrots. They see the same colours as us but with a more vivid and stark differentiation. They also have the ability to see the UV spectrum (similar to us using a UV light in a dark room).
Humans find it difficult to differentiate the sex of a bird through colour, but to a parrot they look very different.

Claire's Parrot

Males have reflective patches of feathers, not seen by the human eye. It has been found that females prefer males with a stronger reflection.

A parrot can peer into his food bowl and gravitate towards titbits that appear brighter and more colourful to him but which to us look more mundane.


Claire's Rabbit

Rabbits are lateral eyed animals which allows them to have an almost 360-degree view of the world. They do have a small blind spot in front of their nose, under their chin and directly behind them. This prevents them from seeing any real 3D close objects. As with dogs, they have also been found to have a form of colour blindness.

Claire Atkinson - Dispensing Optician Musicians Optician Greenfield Uppermill Saddleworth

Claire Atkinson

Claire is the resident Dispensing Optician in Greenfield and she brings a wealth of experience to the team.

With a fantastic eye for fashion, Claire is the “go to” woman for frame advice. With her encyclopedic knowledge of lens types, she is able to advise on all kinds of vision correction.

Claire is a real animal lover in particular her parrot Peanut and Ralph the cat.


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Xanthe looks at how our New Year resolutions are helping others

Our New Year Resolutions helping Worthy Causes

It’s January, it’s a new year, a new decade and how are your new year resolutions going! The new year as always brings the usual new year resolutions. Be they get fitter, lose weight, maybe give something up or adopt some new healthier habits.  Here at Allegro Optical we thought rather than do the norm we’d do something a little different. While we’re doing it we will  help some worthy causes in the process. This year Allegro Optical will be supporting and promoting the On Song Community Choir and Speed of Sight. On Song Choir a choir helping its members suffering with Parkinson’s Disease and their families to cope with this difficult disease. Speed of Sight is a charity which provides disabled people aged 6 to 90 and their families to take part in driving experiences. An experience which is  taken for granted by the able-bodied. If you’d like to know more about either causes then please give our blogs a read. Now as a way to help and support these two wonderful causes we’ve decided to do a sponsored slim!

Huddersfield On Song Parkinsons Choir

Speed of sight driving experience supported by Allegro Optical 3 Speed of Sight driving experiences both on track and off road throughout the UK to blind and disabled adults and children

Pounds for £

Yes, you read that correctly quite a few of us team members are doing a sponsored slim. What is a sponsored slim you ask? Well that’s a very good question! Quite frankly I had the same question when Sheryl asked if I’d like to take part. As a team we’ll be losing weight and in the process, raise money for Speed of Sight and On Song Choir. While trimming those pounds we’ll be giving the pounds to worthy causes (Personally that’s a win win for me!). I also will personally be donating £1 for every pound I lose. 

Allegro Support team. CLaire, James, JIll, Josie


A Whole New Team Building Exercise

So, as a whole team we’re hoping to lose lots of pounds. We’ll help each other reach our goals and help two wonderful causes. We have Abi to lend a helping hand with our dieting. Abi has recently lost an incredible six and a half stone in just 18 months. For any running tips we’ll head straight to Amy and Gemma who are both keen runners. Amy recently ran the Loch Ness marathon to raise money for the AMMF cancer charity last year, in memory of her Dad.  I am sure Amy and Gemma will also help to keep everyone motivated. I myself plan to train and run a 5k this summer. I’ll be raising money for both causes (pray for my feet and legs). Later in the year the whole team will be doing a sponsored  trek to the summit of Snowdon. Once at the top we plan to do something you’ve probably have never seen on the top of a mountain before. Or are ever likely to again, but you’ll have to wait for that (no spoilers). 

Bring On The Sweat

We will of course be keeping you all updated of our progress, with pictures of us sweating those pounds off and how many pounds will be turning into £ regularly. If you would like to support these two wonderful causes then you can find out all about them by visiting our blog for regular updates. I will be tracking the teams progress for you all to read and posting details of how you can support and promote them too. 

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Allegro Optical 100%

We’ve had a bit of a break away this weekend as some of the Allegro team visited 100% Optical. Established in 2014, 100% Optical has quickly become the largest optical event in the UK. With over 9000 visitors and more than 200 exhibitors, this was an event we have been keen to attend for sometime.

So this weekend the Saddleworth team packed their bags and we set off for London. 100 % Optical gives us the opportunity to search for some new frames, catch up with our current suppliers, meet new ones and catch up with other professionals in the optical industry. We also took along James’ new anti-gravity selfie stick to film the event and below are some of the results.

Allegro Optical the musicians optician at 100% Optical

While at the event we met up with Caron Eyewear, whose beautiful frames are created by internationally renowned eyewear designer Caron Kraitt, right here in the heart of London. We are always looking for something different for our clients and this collection is just that. All the frames in the Caron Eyewear collection are designed to enhance and perfect the relationship between the face and the eyewear. Caron’s frames are inspired by and celebrate modern women. Those who are not afraid to flaunt their natural femininity and beauty while proudly showing their personal strength and independence.

We’ve ordered some of Carons beautiful frames and they will be arriving in store very soon. So keep your eyes open and watch this space for the arrival of these beautiful feminine frames.

It’s always good to meet up with some old friends, so we popped by to see David and Helen from David Green Eyewear. It’s always nice to see what new models David has launched since we last met and today was no exception. At Allegro Optical we love David Green Eyewear, with its unique incorporation of nature and sustainability.

While we were at 100% Optical we also called in to see our friends on the ABDO College stand and enrol James on his next course. We passionately believe that there is no substitute for formal training and our aim is to help James become the very best optical professional possible. Professionalism is the key and we believe that your eyecare is so important and you deserve to see a qualified professional at every step of your optical journey with us. James writes a regular blog about his studies and shares some of the more interesting things he gets up to.

No trip to an optical trade show would be complete without catching up with the iCET team, who provide all our optical professionals with onsite CET training. CET is a statutory requirement for all fully-qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians. The CET scheme is a points-based scheme that runs over a three-year cycle. Co-founder Stuart Wellings is a Dispensing Optician and the founder of iCET, he is also a  practical examiner for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and featured in the #notjustado campaign just like our Sheryl.

On Sunday evening we attended the AOP awards. Sheryl was a finalist in the AOP2020 Dispensing Optician of the year. She didn’t win this year but is still very proud to be one of only three people to reach the finals.

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Xanthe takes a look at Burns Night

Burns Night, it’s that time of year!

The 25th January is a date many of you may think is like any other day, but in Scotland it’s Burns Night and it’s a bit special. Celebrated throughout Scotland with festivals and an interesting meal called Burns supper. Burn’s Night is celebrated in the name of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns. He wrote hundreds of poems, one of which you’re likely to have sung (yes sung) recently but more on that later.

 Who was Robert Bruns?

Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland on the 25th of January, hence why it’s celebrated on the 25th. He was one of seven children (bet that was a long queue for the bathroom in the morning).

Allegro Optical opticians Robbie Burns Burns night

Unfortunately he died at the very young age of 37 on July 21st 1796 of a heart condition called Endocarditis following a dental extraction in 1795. He had 12 children by 4 different women! (Clearly, he liked to flirt

How is Burns night celebrated?

Burns night nowadays is celebrated in very much the same way as it was the very first time. Although the date was slightly different, due to a mix up over Robert Burns birth date, some thought it was the 29th. The first Burns supper was held in Burns Cottage where he was born. The event was held by Burn’s friends on the 29th January 1802. But by 1803, they had discovered the Ayr parish records that noted his date of birth was actually 25th January 1759 (Awkward!).

Allegro Optical does burns night

Burns suppers, as they are referred to, usually include Scottish haggis, served up with mashed turnips and potatoes. Other Traditions included reading of his poems, dancing and traditional Scottish music played on bagpipes. Oh and don’t forget the wee dram of Whisky!

Poems at midnight

You may be sat there thinking but I’m not Scottish and never heard of Burns night or Robert Burns himself. But I can guarantee at some point every one of us has sung one of his poems. One of Robert Burns poems was “Auld Lang Syne” the song most often sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve (interesting fact in Scotland they call it Hogmanay).

Allegro Optical opticians does Burns night

So what has all this got to do with glasses and why is an optician writing about Burns Night, I hear you cry. Well let me tell you, absolutely nothing! Although we do stock some lovely Scottish frames including the amazing Hemp Eyewear, which is handmade in Edinburgh.

Hemp eyewear from Allegro Optical Opticians in MelthamBut this evening is Burns Night and we plan to enjoy it, so I’ll raise a wee dram to you as we celebrate Robbie Burns 261st birthday.

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Quality and Expertise in Eye Care in Meltham and Greenfield

Award Winning Eye Care in Meltham and Greenfield

Protecting clients vision is more than just an occupation for the team at Allegro Optical in Meltham and Greenfield. We’re passionate about eye health and we have won 5 major awards in 2019 for our unique and caring approach.

Owned and managed by a qualified Dispensing Optician with 20 years’ experience, Sheryl Doe has dispensed thousands of pairs of glasses. She understands which frames suit which face shape and how to fit them perfectly. Sheryl is the current holder of the prestigious National Dispensing Optician of the Year. An accolade she won in March 2019, and she has been shortlisted for the award in 2020.

Allegro Optical’s Optometrists

Allegro Optical Optometrists in Saddleworth and Holmfirth Optometrists Amy Ogden, Gemma Augustine, Sara Ackroyd, Stephen Haigh

“It’s vital that clients receive high quality eye examinations and easy to digest advice and information” said Sheryl. “Eyes tell us much more than how well someone can see. At Allegro Optical our Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians complete a range of tests. These often include taking a 3D OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) scan, to enable them to detect any underlying health conditions. Conditions such as hypertension or diabetes, the optometrists will talk all our clients through the process and answer any questions regarding their eye health”.

3D OCT in Greenfield and Meltham

At Allegro Optical our team members guide clients through our in-store collection of over 800 spectacle frames with informed, knowledgeable advice. All our team members are local and they really are ‘people’ people. So it’ll be a relaxed, no pressure experience and maybe even a lot of fun!

Peace of mind

Our clients will also have the peace of mind knowing that their glasses have been prescribed and dispensed by qualified professionals. Assured that the lenses will match the optometrist accurate prescription and meet all the legal requirements of a pair of prescription spectacles. Any person, or indeed website, is legally allowed to ‘sell’ a pair of glasses to an adult. In fact Which Magazine* recently conducted a survey into online Glasses retailers and found that an incredible 33% failed to conform to British standards. Varifocals were deemed the riskiest thing to buy online. As most of the varifocal glasses ordered caused concern because no pupil height measurements were taken.

Sometimes the cost saving means foregoing quality, precision or accuracy. A few years ago we helped Sally, an opera singer who had purchased spectacles online, not long after she began to suffer with migraines leading to many days spent in bed in the dark, and lots of time off work and lost income. It turned out her glasses were so poorly glazed and failed to meet the optical standards. In fact they were so poor she failed to reach the driving standard or 6/12 wearing them.  It turned out that her glasses were causing her migraines!

Sally was delighted with her new pair of glasses from Allegro Optical and she said  “Allegro Optical has been fantastic. They explained my vision problems in layman’s terms so that I could understand and my migraines have vastly reduced in frequency. I can’t thank you all enough.”  It always pays to use a professional as the savings could be your eyesight. 

Allegro Optical’s Dispensing Optician

Surprisingly even some high end optical practices use unqualified dispensing assistants to “sell” you your glasses. So always be sure to check the person dispensing your glasses is qualified and registered with the General Optical Council.

However things are very different here at Allegro Optical. All our Dispensing Opticians are formally trained optical professionals. They have undergone higher diploma level or degree level training. Working from the prescription written by one of our Optometrists, they are trained to give advice, fit, adjust and repair glasses.

The team can all repair damaged spectacles. In fact Claire is also a trained lab technician. Claire is an expert and can usually fix most broken spectacles. No matter the clients age or prescription complexity. 

Abigayle Doe Dispensing Optician Allegro Optical in Meltham and GreenfieldClaire Atkinson Dispensing Optician in Greenfield and MelthamSheryl Doe in Holmfirth and Saddleworth

Did you know it is illegal for an unqualified person to dispense a child’s spectacles! Children’s spectacle dispenses should always be carried out or supervised by a qualified professional. Not just in the building, but actually present at the dispense. Dispensing Opticians, like Optometrists, are registered with the General Optical Council.

If you want peace of mind and would like to experience award winning eyecare, or just call the Allegro Optical team on Meltham 01484 907090 or Greenfield on 01457 353100


0% Finance Options – Spread the cost over 6 or 10 months

Interest Free Finance at Allegro Optical Opticians

Spread your eye-care costs over 6 or 10 months with 0% finance

At Allegro Optical we don’t want anyone to feel they have to compromise on style or quality. We want you to love your eye wear now you can now get the look you have always wanted with our flexible interest free payment packages.

We want to make it easier for you to pick your favourite from our wide range of frames and lenses. Our Patient Finance facility is available to our valued Optical customers and can be integrated into your purchase, allowing you to budget and spread the cost of replacement eye wear at a monthly cost you can afford.

Fortissamo finance from Allegro Optical

With 0% finance options over 6 or 10 months, loans are available from £300 upwards.  The application takes just a few minutes and is normally approved there and then with just a small deposit. 

Let’s face it, Christmas for many of us was expensive, and although you need new eye wear, cash can be tight in January. So, arrange your eye test appointment, we will help you choose good quality frames and lenses and help you spread the cost.

For example:

Over 10 months

Total Cost £ 330

Deposit: £ 30

10 Interest Free Payments of £ 30

Over 6 months

Total Cost £ 330

Deposit: £ 47.15

6 Interest Free Payments of £ 47.14

So if you’re looking for a new look this new year why not give us a call, we have something for everyone.

Meltham:    01484 907090

Greenfield: 01457 353100

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Student Digs by James Brooks from Saddleworth – My course so far

So Far So Good

So, I am now around two thirds of the way through my Optical Assistant course with ABDO College and I am still very much enjoying it! When I started my role here at Allegro Optical, I had absolutely no knowledge of the optical industry whatsoever. I was very much learning on the job for the first 9 months.

James Brooks Clinical Support Technician - Euphonium player - The Musicians Optician Allegro Optical Specialist music glasses

A professional qualification

An opportunity then arose for me to apply to attend an Optical Assistant course run by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Naturally I wanted to progress and gain more in-depth knowledge. As well as have a professional qualification. Having an already busy life with working full time, my family, banding and running a sports podcast, I was initially a bit concerned. I worried how I would be able to take on more commitments as the course involved weekly assignments. However I have had plenty of support of colleagues, my course tutor and my fiancé. I have so far been extremely pleased with my results.

Allegro Support team. Claire, James, JIll, Josie

Variety is the spice of life

The course in itself involves a wide variety of subjects within the optical industry. One week I can be doing mathematical equations. The following week I could be learning about the legal and ethical side of optics. I feel that since starting the course in September, I have already vastly improved my knowledge.  This has resulted in me gaining confidence within the industry.

As well as the clinical side of things, the business and managerial aspects also very much appeal to me. I am hoping that when the course is complete, I can look at furthering my knowledge in both of these areas.  I’m sure will be of benefit to myself and Allegro Optical.

Onwards and Upwards

I have to say that from day one, Sheryl and Steve have been so supportive in regards to me paving a long and successful career in optics and just over a year after starting at Allegro Optical, I can only say how glad I am that I was given the opportunity.

At Allegro Optical absolute perfection is our aim. As I’m sure you can tell, from the second you walk through the door and during your eye examination. From selecting your new glasses through to the individual measurements taken and our excellent aftercare. We work as a team to give all our clients a high quality, bespoke pair of spectacles. Ones that will not only work great but look great too!

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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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New Year New Look

What’s your New Year New Look? By Stephen Tighe

2019 was a tough year for many and quite depressing in the UK. What with all the political upset and what can only be called stagnation. So maybe it’s time for a change of mood and maybe a new look? 

Everyone makes the same old resolutions every year, year in, year out. We promise ourselves we’ll get fit, look after our health and be beautiful. But how often do we review eye health and how our spectacles help us to look and feel different?

Well here at Allegro Optical we completely understand that. Our director and Dispensing Optician Sheryl Doe has over twenty years’ experience dealing in the high fashion end of frame design. In fact she was awarded Dispensing Optician of the Year in 2019 and has been nominated again this year. 

Everyone is individual

We believe in stocking frames that give you a lift, without damaging your bank balance. Also, as far as we can, we support British Design and Manufacturing to give you that unique look. We rarely sell the same frame twice, so are very active in re-stocking with variety. So how about it, a New Year New Look?

Abigayle Doe FBDO Dispensing Optician Allegro Optical, The Musicians OpticianClaire Atkinson - Dispensing Optician, flugelhorn and cornet - The Musicians Optician Allegro Optical Specialist music glassesSheryl Doe Dispensing Optician of the year 2019- String Bassist - The Musicians Optician Allegro Optical Specialist music glasses

However, the most important thing is always the fit. We have fully qualified Dispensing Opticians in both our branches. All our Dispensing Opticians have studies at university for 3 Years to enable them to give a top quality service. Their lens knowledge is excellent and they are all experts in their field. Once the optometrist has given us your prescription our Dispensing Opticians swing into action. We HELP you chose and don’t just leave you to it, so you can always be confident about your New Year new look.

For a sneaky peak, come in and have a look. You may not need an eye test for a while, but a change of look can be obtained any time!

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Meet The Team – Xanthe Doe Digital / E-Commerce Manager

Xanthe Doe – Digital / E-Commerce

Xanthe Doe Allegro Optical the musicians optician

Digital / E-Commerce Manager Xanthe has a way with words, in fact, she is a bit of a lexical goddess. Whether it’s writing a creative blog or something a little more off the wall for social media.  Xanthe is our go-to girl.

When Xanthe isn’t creating trendy social media posts or helping the team with day-to-day tasks, she takes a healthy interest in fashion. Always immaculate Xanthe treats every day as if life is the catwalk. If you want some sound fashion advice regarding frame style, she’ll tell it as it is. We chatted to Xanthe about what makes her tick and here are her resposes.

Xanthe, tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am Sheryl Doe’s youngest daughter and I am the Digital / E-Commerce Manager with Allegro Optical and  and I recently got engaged to my lovely man Simon (YAY!). Now a lot of my free time at the moment is taken up with wedding planning. Xanthe Doe Allegro Optical the musicians optician

What is your role within Allegro Optical?

Visual stress assessment at Allegro Optical Meltham

My Role within Allegro Optical is as a Digital / E-Commerce Manager which includes a wide range of things from doing data entry to stock takes to writing blogs. I also recorded review videos reviewing our frames which you can view here. 

How has your role changed since you joined Allegro Optical?

Xanthe and Sheryl Doe Allegro Optical the musicians optician

When I first started my job was data entry part time. Whereas now, I’m full time doing a much wider range of jobs. I love how day to day, week to week, it’s different, no month is the same and I’m learning new skills all the time.

What do you like about your job?

XAnthe Doe and James Brooks Allegro Optical

I like how it’s a family business and knowing the harder I work the more it not only benefits me, but also my family and future family members prospects. We all work as a team at Allegro Optical and even if we’re not related we all support and help each other.

What do you do in your spare time?

Xanthe winter fashion

When not working as a Digital / E-Commerce Manager I’m a very keen crocheter, although my skills only go as far as blankets, cuddly toys and hats. I thoroughly enjoy reading murder mysteries, my top 3 favourite authors would be Agatha Christie, Linwood Barclay and Martina Cole. If you don’t find me tucked away in a corner with my head in a book or crocheting a blanket, you’ll find me in the kitchen baking chocolate cupcakes, Victoria sponge or Brownies. 

What are your plans for the future?

I’m planning to run a 5k in 2020, but I am the least fit person you can imagine. I refuse to even run to catch the bus.  I’m both excited to start training and get fitter, but i’m apprehensive as to what I’ve gotten myself into.  

Where is your dream holiday destination?

I recently took a dream holiday to New York so I’m ticking that off the bucket list. I would say my new dream holiday would have to be, to take a road trip through Italy beginning at Genova going by Venice through Rome and ending in Naples. Enjoying all the rich and wonderful food and scenery. 

Xanthe Doe Allegro Optical the musicians optician

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book would have to be Murder On The Orient Express simply because it was the first proper book I ever read as I’m dyslexic and struggled to ever read more then a 100-page book when I was young and so I never enjoyed reading but when I began to read Murder On The Orient Express it gripped me and made me want to read more and so that book will always have a very special place in my heart as It opened the door to my love of reading. 

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Now Dave’s not “Brassed Off” Seeing The Music

Dave’s brassed off no longer

Based in Saddleworth, Dave Shipp runs a busy Insurance Broker business, so it’s not surprising that he uses computers a great deal. However he recently begun to find the clarity of his computer screen problematic. This was a bit of a surprise for Dave, who up until now had had seemingly perfect vision. Dave came to Allegro Optical on the recommendation of his wife Helen, who we had recently helped by dispensing both varifocal spectacles and multifocal disposable contact lenses. Both solutions helped correct Helen’s vision at all distances, so she suggested that he pay us a visit.

Dave had managed really well without the need for spectacles until now, mainly because of his unusual prescription. Dave has natural mono-vision, providing him with both clear distance and near vision. In short, Dave is short sighted in one eye and long sighted in the other. This simply means that one eye is focussed at a different working distance to the other. The short sighted eye allows Dave to read, while the long sighted eye gives good clarity in the distance. While this seems like an ideal solution, it is the mid distance which is compromised as the eyes age. 

A love of Music

When not busy with his work Dave indulges his love of music. An accomplished Conductor and Cornet Player, Dave is the Music Director of Diggle ‘B’ Brass BandWith his natural mono-vision he was able to see clearly both close up and in the far distance, but he began to notice that the clarity of the music on the conductor’s stand wasn’t as clear as it had been either.

When Dave came to Allegro Optical we had two problems to solve. One being to improve his situation at work, the other addressing his needs as a musician. All Dave’s vision problems were symptoms of presbyopia. This is a condition that progressively reduces the ability to focus clearly on close objects. But in Dave’s case, due to his natural mono-vision,  it affected his middle distance.

Conductor Dave Shipp buys his glasses from the musician's optician, Allegro Optical

In addition to seeing his computer screen clearly, he needed help with the dashboard and displays in his car. For this reason we dispensed multifocal progressive lenses. This allows Dave to get on with his day, focusing on the many different distances required while at work and commuting.

Time to #SeeTheMusic

However as a musician he had other very specific optical needs. Dave needs to be able to see a full conductor score on his stand at a distance of between 73cm and 79cm, he also needs a good view of all the bands people he is conducting. Varifocals are not ideal in this environment due to their narrow visual field. To address this issue we designed dispensed Dave with a completely bespoke lens. An adapted form of a bifocal, to give the widest possible field, but with no line to avoid any image jump. We went to visit Dave when he was conducting and measured all his working distances and working area. From this we could gauge his needs in-situ and create a perfect solution just for him.

What a result!

Conductor Dave Shipp buys his glasses from Allegro Optical, the musician's optician in Saddleworth

When asked about both of  his new glasses Dave said “It’s amazing, the glasses bring everything into focus just where I need it. Both the score and the players are really sharp……In a good way!

Mono-vision occurs naturally in a small percentage of the population. In the vast majority of cases, one eye – the dominant eye – is focused for clear distance vision while your other (non-dominant) eye is focused for closer work like reading. Mono vision is now offered by many laser clinics as a solution to presbyopia, but as we have found with several clients over the last twelve months, it can seriously affect the music clarity on the stand.

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.