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We are open as normal in Tier 4 (Greenfield) and Tier 3 (Meltham)

Following today’s COVID-19 review the Government has confirmed that “As health care providers and essential businesses with safe and appropriate Infection Prevention and Control measures already in place, community optometry practices are exempt from the protection measures in all tiers and can therefore remain open and provide a full range of services”. This means we will remain open and operating as planned into the new year despite Oldham’s move to Tier 4.

There are some restrictions on travelling into Tier 4 areas for those in other areas who may live in lower tiers. Travel from other areas is allowed for necessary medical treatment so if you feel that your eyecare concerns are essential, then please call us to arrange an appointment. If you feel your eyecare can wait and you are not having any problems it’s best to put it off until restrictions are eased. If you have an appointment booked and you feel it’s better for you not to attend, please do let us know as soon as you can. We are still extremely busy catching up with overdue appointments, and there is currently a long waiting list. So if there is no problem or if you’d prefer not to come for whatever reason right now – we will have no trouble filling your appointment.

Routine appointments are allowed

Since the middle of June, we have resumed the provision of routine eye care, following General Optical Council and the College of Optometrists guidance. In November we began to recall those clients who would have been seen routinely in the period we had been operating a limited service.

Clearing the backlog is well underway, however, we expect it to be well into the New Year before we have fully caught up. The social distancing rules and additional hygiene measures mean that we are unable to see as many people in a clinic as we used to.

If your recall is due now, there may still be some delay until our backlog has been cleared, although you can always contact us if you are having a more urgent problem and require an appointment.

What to expect when you visit 

We already have rigorous hygiene standards in place as outlined by our governing bodies and the Government. Please feel reassured that we are taking all the precautions we can to safeguard our clients and staff. Prior to visiting, we will send you a text with details regarding what you can expect when you visit.

One of our team will call you the day before your appointment and conduct a pre-appointment COVID -19 symptom check. We are operating a locked door policy, so when you arrive please ring the bell and a member of the team will let you in. With a strict capacity policy, we are limiting the number of clients in practice at any time. Please do not arrive early or late for your appointment. If you would rather wait outside or in your car until you can be seen, please come to the main door a couple of minutes before your appointed time. 

A member of the team will record your temperature on arrival and ask some questions, they will then check your current glasses (if you wear them) and record the prescription so that our optometrists can tell you if your prescription has changed or if it is stable.

Our optometrists will conduct your eye examination wearing full PPE, including surgical scrubs, aprons, gloves, masks and when appropriate visors or eye protection. The test room is thoroughly cleaned between appointments and all equipment sterilised. 

We appreciate some patients have unique requirements, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require any further information.

Dispensing of glasses

Using appropriate PPE our Dispensing Opticians we are able to dispense, fit and repair glasses as normal. Our full frame selection is available to view and a member of our team will be on hand to assist you. All frames once handled are cleaned and sterilised before being put back on display. Our normal lab service is still running so just give us a call if you need any adjustments or some new frames.

Emergency and essential eye care

These clients will continue to be prioritised. Emergency and essential eye care include:

  1. Clients we have continued to treat throughout the pandemic.
  1. Clients we consider to be emergencies such as those who have specific issues have experienced a change to their vision or those that we feel require urgent investigation.
  2. Clients who under normal circumstances would not normally be considered to be emergencies, but where, in our view, a delay in an examination may be detrimental to sight or wellbeing (called ‘essential care’).
  3. Clients who were due to be seen during the period of lockdown for a review of a specific issue (not a routine check-up) In our view reviewing an ongoing condition is ‘essential’.
  4. Clients with any other issues classed as an ‘essential situation’. Particularly if they have lost or broken their glasses or contact lenses and require a replacement to function.

Many of these clients will have been already contacted and booked in. If we haven’t contacted you already to make an appointment but you feel you fall into one of these categories, please call or message us through our website, and we can advise whether we are able to see you. In addition, if you have any new concerns and think you would benefit from being seen, please get in touch. You can email us on info@allegrooptical.co.uk  or call us in Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090

We appreciate the loyalty of our patients, now more than ever. And we pass on our very best wishes to all our clients at this difficult time and hope to see you back in the practice soon. 

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A stocking full of festive eye facts

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, like us you’re probably enjoying all the festive sights our eyes allow us to see. From beautifully twinkling and bedecked Christmas trees to sparkling fairy lights and those brightly wrapped presents under the tree. Have you ever thought about how different Christmas would be without our vision? 

Take a minute or two to learn a few interesting facts about our eyes (we’re fairly certain a few will be a surprise!

  1. Did you know that our eyes are one of the first organs to develop after conception?. In fact, a fetus’s eyes begin to develop just two weeks after conception. 
  2. Incredibly our eyes weigh just 7 grams each (or a quarter of an ounce for those of us who still use imperial). 
  3. They measure just 24.2 millimetres in diameter, just over 1 inch.
  4. When we are born, our eyes are about 70% of the size they will reach in adulthood. That said, our ears and our noses never stop growing.
  5. Our eyes are complex organs. They are composed of more than 2 million parts – every one has a specific function!
  6. Amazingly the muscles responsible for moving our eyes are the strongest in the body relative to their size.
  7. The eyes our friends and family see aren’t exactly the whole picture. In fact, just one-sixth of our eyes are visible.

Eyelashes

  1. If we took all the eyelashes we shed throughout our lives and line them up end to end, it would measure over 30 meters, that’s almost 100 feet in length!
  2. Our eyelashes are more than just a pretty facial feature. They actually do a job! They catch dust and debris before any nasty substances can get into our eyes.

Blinking

  1. On average, we all blink about 12 times each minute. Less if looking at a computer screen. This is why it’s important to remember to look away occasionally and give those eyes a rest.
  2. On average a blink takes about 0.3 seconds. If we were to add up all our blinks throughout the day, it would amount to about 30 minutes. A bit of a cat nap really!

Tears

  1. As we grow older we all produce fewer tears. This is the reason why dry eyes become problematic as we age.
  2. Our tears are essential to help us see clearly and to maintain the health of our eyes.
  3. Did you know that our bodies make three types of tears; 
  1. a) Basal tears are in our eyes all the time, they lubricate, nourish and protect our corneas
  2. b) Reflex tears are formed when our eyes need to wash away harmful irritants, such as foreign bodies. Our eyes release them in greater amounts than basal tears. They also contain more antibodies to help us fight bacteria and infections.
  3. c) Emotional tears are produced in response to many feelings such as joy, sadness, and fear. 

Our eyes and our brain 

  1. Each of our eyes has a small blind spot. This is the point where the optic nerve passes through our retinas. We rarely notice this lack of visual information because our brains fill in the blind spot based on information from the other eye.
  2. Our visual cortex is the part of our brain that processes our vision. Physically, the visual cortex is at the back of the brain in the occipital lobe.
  3. As human beings vision is so important to us that it takes up more than 50% of our brain’s functionality.

At Allegro Optical we love eyes! Millions of years of evolution have made our eyes one of the most interesting and complex components of our bodies. Our eyes are truly a miracle of nature, this is why it is important to keep them healthy with regular eye exams. If it has been a while since you have had your eyes examined, contact us to arrange an appointment or call Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090

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Show your true colours – Tantalising teal

Tantalising teal, A universal colour. Or is it?

When we were choosing the new frames for this season’s collection, it quickly became known as ‘Tantalising Teal’. We realised that we’d had a bit of a teal-fest when choosing the frame colours. Teal is well known as a universal colour, a colour everyone can wear. But is this true? 

  • There are a plethora of shades of teal, ranging from soft sky to turquoise, dark teal to deep Cyan. In fact, in a recent internet search, we found 41 shades of teal. Some are soft, some are more intense, some are bright, but there is a teal out there for everyone!
  • As a colour and wardrobe staple, Teal is much more versatile than you may think. It can be teamed with so many different colours along with lighter or darker shades of itself. It’s so easy to dress Teal up or down depending on what it’s coupled with.
  • We love to wear Teal with both gold or silver jewellery. We even like to mix it up a bit!
  • Teal works well as an accent colour, but equally well as a base colour. 

Tantalising Teal Colour styling at Allegro Optical

Teal, Just your colour?

Everyone who comes to Allegro Optical for a colour and eyewear style analysis is presented with a palette of 22 colours that work specifically for them, there are also a few shades which, when combined carefully with other colours, will work for nearly everyone. 

Teal works for those who have a fair skin tone and blue eyes, It also works for us brunettes with brown eyes. If you have a Soft Muted or Light palette you can mix your teals with lighter neutral colours. Those of us who have a Deep or Clear can be bolder with more striking combinations often teaming teal with another bold colour such as charcoal or chocolate. If you have a Cool complexion, try mixing your teals with cassis or aqua. Finally, if you have a warm colour palette, like our Dispensing Optician Claire, you could combine it with cream, pewter or even coral shades.

Allegro Optical Greenfield Claire James and Sheryl

The psychology of colour

We often ask clients what first impressions they want to create. We also ask them how they want their new glasses to make them feel. That’s not as strange as it seems. It is well documented that the colours we wear often affect our moods and other people’s first impressions. 

The definition of teal is “a dark greenish-blue” and came into common use during the first world war. Colours are frequently associated with feelings and teal is often considered as a colour of peace and tranquillity. Teal combines the calm, peace, clarity of blue with the restful, soothing and cheerfulness of green. Wearing teal makes many of us enjoy a feeling of reliability, dignity, and balance. As for first impressions, wearing teal can also imply trustworthiness and reliability. Wearing teal creates a positive response from both men and women.

16 shades of teal

Show your true colours

Memorable glasses are a great way to express yourself and help show off your own unique features.  Many of our clients like to accessorise with shoes, jewellery and handbags, some even collect them. While many people view eyewear as merely a functional device we see it as an opportunity to express ourselves.  

Eyewear can frequently be the very thing which helps us celebrate our individual style. The perfect glasses can transform us, creating a memorable first impression and building confidence. 

We care about your eyecare and your eyewear

So when you visit Allegro Optical Opticians you can not only be sure that you will receive first-class eye care you can also take a journey in colour. If you would like to try our unique range of eyewear call, Greenfield, on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090

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Eyewear Styling – Helping you discover your wow.

A unique Eyewear Styling Service

Did you know that Allegro Optical offers a unique Eyewear Styling Service? Exclusively for existing and new customers at their practices in Greenfield and Meltham. This individually dedicated consultation service offers our clients a unique and bespoke one-hour eyewear styling consultation. We help them to discover their perfect eyewear to suit both their optical and style needs.  Throughout the Christmas period, the consultations are free of charge following a private examination including 3D Optical Coherence Tomography (3D OCT). Let’s face it, everyone deserves a little bit of pampering at this time of year, especially after the dreadful year 2020 has been.

Eyewear Styling

The Allegro Optical dispensing team have been trained by the Eyewear Styling Academy. The team have learnt how to analyse an individual’s colour psychology, facial features, style personality and recommend the eyewear selection that will suit them best. This will enable all clients’ to feel assured they are being given an unparalleled consultation service to find them their perfect eyewear.  

Practice Owner and 2019 Dispensing Optician of the Year Sheryl Doe said: ‘From experience, we have often found that clients find choosing eyewear a daunting experience. We want choosing glasses to be an enjoyable experience and we felt it was necessary to invest in a process to better help clients.” 

“Our Dispensing Opticians love helping clients discover and select eyewear which they not only feel happy in but enjoy wearing! Our whole team receives regular refresher training to keep them up-to-date and new team members undertake the training as soon as possible. This ensures that they are all experts in eyewear styling and we are delighted to be able to offer this bespoke, eyewear styling consultation service to existing and new customers. Clients of all ages, gender and style preference will now be able to find their perfect and most suitable eyewear in our practice.”.

Booking a Consultation

Eyewear Styling Consultations are available daily in both practices but must be booked in advance by calling Greenfield, Saddleworth on 01457 353100 or Meltham, Holmfirth on 01484 907090