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It’s Earth Day

Less is more in terms of impact

It’s Earth Day, so at Allegro Optical we’ve been thinking about our ecological footprint. We have always been passionate about protecting our environment and for years we have been delighted to stock low impact eyewear. As far back as 2017 we began stocking Hemp eyewear, the first frames to be made from plant fibres. Since then many more manufacturers have embraced the need to look after our planet.

Hemp eyewear from Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham

Marine plastic

In 2019 Sea2See launched their award-winning eyewear range which is entirely made of recycled marine plastic collected by fishermen in Spain. In fact, in 2020 Sea2see won the coveted Optician Awards “Frame of the Year”. Sea2see frames appeal to a wide audience through style, technical excellence and of course the environmental values they convey.

Sea2See vegan safe

Bringing nature to eyewear

Next on our list is the incredible David Green eyewear collection which features natural detailing such as fallen leaves, mother of pearl, reeds and a variety of woods. These items are incorporated into a natural, cotton-based acetate out of which the frames are individually cut by hand. As a testament to their environmental message,David Green eyewear from Allegro Optical opticians in Saddleworth and Meltham David Green Eyewear is therefore plastic-free, handcrafted and unique by nature.

Plant a tree

Since Earth Day roughly coincides with Arbor Day (April 26), now is the ideal time to mention our Eco-Conscious range of frames by Eyespace. For each frame sold a tree is planted close to the buyers home. By planting trees we can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep soil in place to prevent erosion. They really do support life on Earth. 

Doing the right thing

We have always believed in doing the right thing for our planet and in protecting it for future generations. This is why we try to stock ethical and affordable eyewear with a low carbon footprint.

eco conscious eyewear by eyespace

Show your conscience

If you would like to know more about our many different ethical and ecological eyewear brands or to try the various ranges for yourself give us a call on Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to book your ethical eyewear styling consultation

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Your hearing and your hearing aids

Look after your hearing and your hearing aids

During your appointment our Audiologist Kevin will have shown you how to clean your in the ear (ITE) hearing aids, but if you need a refresher, here’s a reminder for your cleaning routine. 

Kevin McMulkin Audiologist Allegro Optical

Daily cleaning routine

Get into the habit of wiping down the surface of your hearing aid with the cleaning wipes Kevin recommends, or with the cleaning spray and cloth provided with your hearing aids. This will remove any dirt or dry wax which has built up over the days wear. Clean away all the dirt which has collected in the sound outlet by using the brush provided.

If you have a hearing aid with a small vent hole under the sound outlet clean this with spray or the brush provided. If there appears to be any moisture on your hearing aid, please put it into an airing cupboard overnight.

Monthly ITE hearing aid care

The microphones in your hearing aids are small openings. They are located just above or below your battery housing, in some cases, there are two openings. Once a month gently brush these openings with a clean brush to remove any dust or dirt.

On a monthly basis check the condition of your hearing aids wax filter. If this filter looks discoloured or dirty, or if you can see wax in it; that you cannot remove, it is time to change the filter. Kevin will give you a pack of new filters and these will include a tool to change the filter. Use one end of the tool to remove the old filter from the sound outlet, and the other end to carefully push another clean filter into its place.

Amplifon clean your hearing aid

Every Six Months

If after six months you haven’t changed the wax filter on your hearing aid now is the time to do it. These filters need to be changed at least once every six months.

Your pack of new filters will include a tool we mentioned earlier to change the filter. Use one end to remove the old filter from the sound outlet, and use the other end to carefully push another clean filter into its place.

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Vision is now music to Alice’s eyes and ears

A musical maths teacher’s vision is now music to her eyes and ears

In today’s ever-changing world, many of us now have various visual requirements. A decade ago most presbyopes chose a pair of progressive lenses, (varifocals), as a good all-round solution to their visual needs. But as our use of electronic devices increases, it can be advantageous to have multiple pairs of spectacles,  in order to operate effectively. 

Maths teacher Alice Bell is no exception. But with the introduction of mask-wearing and social distancing in schools, Alice was becoming increasingly frustrated. Like many teachers, lecturers and those who deliver presentations, Alice was experiencing issues with her varying working and visual distances. Many teachers have an additional pair of reading glasses for near concentrated visual tasks, such as marking students’ work. These provide a full field of vision at that specific distance. However, within the classroom, this is not a suitable solution. 

School techers screen use and working distances

A visually demanding environment

Alice came to Allegro Optical through her music-making connections, she plays the Cornet for the Besses Boys Band. Having been struggling to read the music on her stand prior to lockdown, the new social distancing requirements were making visual tasks problematic at work. 

In the classroom teachers spend most of their time standing, looking and walking around. Before the COVID 19 pandemic teachers would lean over their students to check their work. Now they view the work from a safer distance, maintaining social distancing. This was a challenge for Alice who is a high myope. Like all teachers, Alice is required to write on the board and supervise her students across the classroom. Therefore a good distance and near correction is often essential, as well as a variety of intermediate distances as Alice is also presbyopic.

An educators problem

For Alice’s lesson preparation, intermediate and near correction is required, but as a myope, Alice also needs a distance correction. While varifocal lenses are often the first consideration for many teachers, the social distancing requirements have highlighted the increasing need for occupational progressives in the classroom. Occupational progressive lenses complement the use of normal varifocals as they are designed specifically for the working environment. 

School teachers working distancesOccupational lenses could almost be described as the reverse of a conventional varifocal lens. The distance vision has a considerably reduced depth of field, usually between 4 and 6 metres. Whereas the intermediate and reading zones are designed to give a wider optimum visual field. Occupational lenses provide the ideal pair of spectacles for the work environment. They can be interchanged with normal varifocal lenses depending on the individual’s needs. Alice measured her classroom and the distance of her computers from her teaching position.

A solution to an educators problem

We prescribed and designed an occupational pair of lenses that would allow Alice to see clearly throughout her entire working day. The lenses enable Alice to see at all the working distances required of her profession. The lens surfacing technology combines complex curves on both the front and back surfaces of Alice’s lenses. By utilising the dioptric power of the lenses complex curves on both surfaces of the lens, we are able to offer vision correction which is completely unique for everyone.

Digital surfacing provides better optics, improved cosmetics, wider near and distance zones. Most importantly, it provided Alice with a much more natural view of her world. The unique, continuously changing curves of Alice’s lens surfaces also provides her with improved peripheral vision within her working environment. Digital lens processing is one of the most significant and exciting technological developments our industry has seen in recent years. It has dramatically improved the visual field offered over and above the limitations presented by conventional varifocals. 

Time for a little bit of styling

As Alice has a high myopic prescription we thinned her lenses. We also chose a frame that would present the lenses in their best possible form. Alice opted for a pair of varifocal lenses and a pair of occupational lenses. She chose the same Dutz frame for each pair but in different colours.

Dutz DZ2240 35 Dutz DZ2240 46

The design of the frame presents Alice’s prescription in the best possible way, hiding the edge thickness while fitting her perfectly. The frames shape and colours perfectly compliment her facial features and colouring. Dutz is a Dutch eyewear brand that specialises in the production of high-quality handmade frames. By designing their own frames they can control the entire production process, from design to the manufacture of all the components. This results in a high-quality collection of frames that are comfortable and look and feel good on any face. By using allergy-friendly and solid stainless steel materials, Dutz’s achieve durability, comfort and style.

A clear result

Cornet Player Alice Bell wears Dutz Cornet Player Alice Bell wears Dutz

When she collected her new glasses Alice was delighted with them. She commented that she was unaware that occupational lenses were able to provide such a workable solution for professions such as her own. When we asked Alice a few weeks later how she was getting along with her glasses she said; “My glasses have been even better than I imagined. I can really tell the difference between the “inside” and “outside” glasses and hadn’t realised what a simple solution this could be.

The “indoor” glasses have made my working life so much easier.  Not having to enlarge documents on the computer anymore but still being able to see what the students have written on their little whiteboard makes me happy every day! I’m sure my students are also delighted that they no longer have to listen to me saying “I can’t really read that …. wait a minute while I try and make that bigger so I can see it properly”. One other real benefit is being able to read gin bottle labels from a distance, so I can now choose from all the different varieties when I’m in a bar.” 

A multi-award-winning approach

So successful has Allegro Optical been in helping clients to achieve optimum quality of vision that in 2020 we were awarded the SME News West Yorkshire’s Most Trusted Family Run Eye Care Clinic. In 2019 we scooped no less than five national and regional awards. These awards include 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 Yearand the company has been featured in many national publications including The Times 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman and Music Teacher Magazine. Sheryl has recently been named as a judge in this years SME National Business Awards

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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Harp-y to help Joan see the music and more

Harpist Joan’s journey to see the music

After twelve months of rising COVID19 cases and over 100,000 COVID19 deaths, many of us are hoping we are now seeing a return to some normality. It has been a strange year at Allegro Optical. Particularly as millions of people all over the country began working from home. Millions more, including most of those working in the performing arts, were furloughed. The Musicians’ Optician switched from performing arts eye care to providing emergency care as the country was plunged into lockdown.

Since then we have seen a reemergence with increasing social distancing measures. The introduction of a tier system across the UK and then another national lockdown. One major difference between the first and latest lockdown was the ongoing advice given in May 2020. That everyone continues their routine healthcare appointments.  

Many performers, particularly amateurs, are yet to return to the rehearsal room and the stage. But many are practising at home. We are beginning to see a steady return of our performing arts clients, one, in particular, is Harpist Joan Dearnley. 

Harpist Joan Deanley could see the music but not the dymnamics and accidentals

Essential eyecare

Joan visited Allegro Optical in early October as she was having problems with her near vision in her right eye. Increasingly Joan was experiencing eye strain, she was struggling to shift her focus from an intermediate distance to near. General reading and computer work were becoming problematic. Joan also found that when playing her harp she could read the music but not accidentals and dynamic markings. Even though Joan was only playing in the comfort of her own home things were becoming challenging. 

A low Myope with moderate astigmatism Joan is also presbyopic and relies on progressive lenses for her everyday tasks and playing. After a detailed consultation with Bapam Registered Optometrist, Amy Ogden, Amy found that Joan has early cataracts in both eyes and as a result a small prescription change. Having calculated a prescription for everyday use and for making music Amy and Dispensing Optician Sheryl Doe set about designing a pair of lenses for Joan to play in. 

What’s so different about correcting a Harpists vision?

On the page harp music looks very similar to piano music, however, there are differences. Like all sheet music, Joan needs to see the sheet music on her music stand including the accidentals, and dynamics but she also needs to see the fingering instructions. 

As expected Sheryl and Amy opted for the Arpista lens for the left eye and a Fagotto CR lens for the right. The Arpista or Harpist’s lenses have an outward set near vision area to enable harpists to see their top strings easily while still being able to see the sheet music on the stand and the conductor. 

It was necessary to calculate Joan’s ocular dominance, as we were asking Joan’s two eyes to work differently when performing different tasks. This is something we do frequently, to allow performers to carry out the many visual tasks required by their craft.

When Joan collected her new glasses she was pleased to find that the music on the stand was much clearer. 

Something for everyday

Joan used her new musician’s glasses for four months and was so pleased with them she contacted us in February to order a pair of progressive lenses, (varifocals), for her everyday tasks. Joan had seen a frame when she visited in October and we had her measurements on record. It was pretty straightforward to produce these spectacles for Joan and she was delighted with the result when she collected them. 

From the Harpist’s mouth

When asked about her experience with Allegro Optical and her new glasses she said; “The near sight in my right eye began to deteriorate in January last year. For the first time ever I couldn’t read my harp music, see the bass strings (or anything else in close range) without getting quite severe eye strain. My local optician prescribed varifocals, which really didn’t help – especially for reading music, which has to be a ‘harp length’ away. 

“By mid-October, when I contacted Allegro Opticians. I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever be able to cope with reading harp easily music again. My first specialist appointment (2 hours I think) became almost a whole afternoon; Sheryl and Amy, with endless patience, took time to test my sight. They measured the distance from me to my music stand and Harp strings. Taking in further distances for looking at a conductor or other players.

Most importantly Sheryl and Amy understand the special needs musicians have when reading music. They understand our need to look from instrument to conductor, back to the music, and so on. By the end of the afternoon, I was looking forward to getting not just one pair of harp music-reading specs. But also a pair of half-frames for reading piano music (which I find are equally useful when using my laptop). Also, to my great surprise in a style of red and blue frame, I would never have thought I’d like. 

“For any harpists struggling to read the music and see their harp strings I can’t recommend Allegro highly enough”.

Harpist Joan Dearnley new glasses from Allegro Optical, the musicians' optician

Why do musicians come to Allegro Optical?

As an independent family run business, we are gaining an international reputation. Both 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 in 2019 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‘. In 2020 SME News awarded Allegro Optical the accolade of West Yorkshire’s Most Trusted Family Run Eye Care Clinic, 2020. The company has been featured in many national publications including The Times 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman and Music Teacher Magazine. Sheryl has recently been named as a judge in this years SME National Business Awards

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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April’s Frame of the Month – Booth & Bruce

Booth & Bruce for some Easter colour

Hello, I’m Xanthe! If you don’t know who I am then here is a quick introduction, I am Sheryl’s youngest daughter. I have worked for Allegro Optical for 4 years and one of the jobs I do is write blogs, which I love! In these blogs I get to tell you all about all kinds of exciting things.

Xanthe's Frame of the Month

Whether it’s about how pancake day came to be, why you should NEVER play with fireworks and lots of other fun topics.  Today is no different as an exciting new challenge has been presented to me. For the next 12 months, I am going to be bringing you a frame of the month! What is “frame of the month,” you ask? Well, it’s where I will be looking through our stock in both Meltham & Greenfield and picking out a frame that I love and think you will too. I will then proceed to tell you why I like it so much.

Booth & Bruce, BB1601

When I was searching for this month’s frame of the month I knew it had to be special, and I think my choice of this Booth & Bruce, BB1601, in the colour Singed Sapphire is exactly that. I love the fact that the moment I saw this frame I just fell in love with it! It just looked so unique and funky, the contrast between the blue and the wood effect was just so different. To then find out it was an English brand that prided itself on being British while still having a global reach is exactly the kind of brand we love. 

Booth & Bruce BB1601 Singed Sapphire at Allegro Optical Opticians

A little bit about Booth & Bruce

So who are Booth & Bruce? Aside from being a brand that is unashamedly English? They began in the 1990s with a goal of offering eyewear that was fashionable, but different for everyone. Booth & Bruce are always looking to push the boundaries and find new, funky, and exciting ways to make their eyewear something unique. Now 30 years after Booth & Bruce was born they have a global reach, but they still stick firmly to the roots this distinctive brand was built on. The BB1601 offers collaborations of daring with a chic design and expressive colour schemes that push boundaries enabling wearers to feel stylish and funky.

Take a peek at Booth & Bruce

So if, like me, you love the look of this frame or the sound of this brand then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of Booth and Bruce frames. Take the opportunity to inject some style and funkiness into your eyewear wardrobe. We’re also now offering a style consultation service to help you find the perfect pair to suit your style. So please give us a call in either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to find the perfect match. Also, follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Or on Instagram @allegrooptical.