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Why having your glasses fitted correctly is so important

How can I be sure my glasses fit?

Our registered Dispensing Opticians are highly trained professionals and have over 96 years combined experience in fitting spectacles.

At Allegro Optical we strive to help you find a frame that fits like it was custom-made for you. As a registered dispensing optician, we’ve decided to provide a concise blog describing the basics of well-fitted eyewear, as seen from a professional perspective. We’ve seen a lot of faces in our frames, so we’d like to share what ideal glass fit was going through our minds when dispensing and fitting each one.

There are several key fit areas of any spectacle frame front, including the pupil location. By keeping these key areas in mind our dispensing opticians will give you a tailored appearance that will work with your prescription.

1. Frame size

With an appropriately fitted spectacle frame, your face will be perfectly framed. When choosing a frame, keep your face width in mind. Ideally, the widest point of the frame front should fit snugly on your temples, (just below your ear). A lens’s size is less important than how well it fits. Several of our clients specify the lens size they wear (“I need a 54 lens size”). It is usually the size of the overall frame that matters most, not the lens size marked inside the arm.

Dispensing Optician Claire taking facial measurements

2. Frame shape

There’s a lot of popular discussions that say round frames work better with square faces and vice versa, however, we believe they are unhelpful oversimplifications. Experiment a little, don’t be afraid. Size is sometimes more critical than shape in a frame. If you have a round face, for example, a small round frame might be perfect, but a larger round frame might not work for you.

3. Eye position

Not only does eye position affect how your frame looks to you, but it can also have an impact on how your lenses work. Orientation of the eyes should be 5mm inside of the lens centre horizontally. The eyes should never be outside the centre. You should have your eyes in the top third of the lenses, just above the centre of the lens and never below it nor above it.

4. Bridge fit

A frame should be comfortable, so it’s important to always try them on before choosing. No matter if the pads are acetate or metal, they should rest comfortably on the sides of your nose. Both the bottom and top of the frame should not touch your face, they should rest on your bridge at the top of your nose. In this way, the frame is comfortable and stays in place.

5. Your prescription

There are two other factors that our dispensing opticians consider-the power and type of your prescription. There is no need to worry if you wear low-powered single vision. For client’s with higher prescription powers (more than +/- 3.00) and progressive or bifocal wearers, our dispensing opticians consider lens size and shape. They are always thinking “What will this client’s lenses look like when glazed into this frame?” For high power prescriptions, our dispensing opticians will aim to minimise lens thickness which will also decrease lens weight.  Those who wear progressives or bifocals should ensure their eyes are in the 33% of the lens, above the centre – the deeper the frame, then you will have more space for the reading and distance portions of the glasses

6. The extra measurements

Having taken all the above into consideration, our dispensing opticians will measure your pantoscopic angle. The angle between an optical axis and an eye’s visual axis in the primary ocular position. Also, your apical radius (AR), crest height, and bridge height will be measured to ensure that your frame is perfectly fitted.  

Purchasing that perfect pair of glasses can be a daunting experience. Our dispensing opticians are all optical professionals and are registered with the general optical council. 

You can be sure you’re in safe hands, and as all our team have also completed eyewear styling courses, you can be assured they’ll help you choose the perfect colours for your palette. 

Give your eyes the best

If you are treating yourself to the perfect pair of spectacles, why not give your eyes a little TLC at the same time too?

Allegro Optical’s Advanced Optometry eye examinations are designed to take a much closer look at your eyes. Advanced Optometry provides you with cutting edge investigative examinations techniques combined with state of art equipment not available through the NHS. An Advanced Optometry Eye Examination can include OCT Scans, Retinal Imaging, Dry Eye Assessments, Visual Stress Assessments, Digital Keratometry, 

Colourimetry and much more. Advanced Optometry Eye Examinations are the perfect start to an eyewear styling consultation.

If you would like to give your eyes the best don’t delay, book your advanced optometry eye exam and styling consultation now. Call to book your covid safe consultation on Meltham 01484 907090 or Greenfield 01457 353100. Experience our award-winning eye care at its best.

 

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Safety glasses and PPE for the NHS staff by Dispensing Optician Kim Walker

In the eye of the storm

In January I was working at Allegro Optical in Greenfield when my boss called me. Sheryl informed me that Bolle Safety wanted us to help them provide medical goggles for NHS mid-Yorkshire Trust staff. During our conversation, she asked if I was interested in working with Bolle and the Trust to help protect frontline workers. I jumped at the opportunity to do my bit. Kim Walker - Dispensing Optician Allegro Optical

Helping those who help us

As my first day began, I was eager to start, however, I had no idea how emotional the first few days would be.  I will never forget my first Patient. She was a lovely lady who had finished a night shift in the ICU. She was exhausted, but still very friendly and thankful to be getting some prescription PPE supplied by her trust. Her eyes were tired and her trauma and pain over the last year were visible. I asked her how she was and she simply said “it’s been a tough, long year!”.  I spent some time with her,  measuring her up for her new goggles. She was so happy that she would now only have to wear one pair of eye protection with no fogging and her full prescription. She said that this will change hers and many of the front line workers’ daily life as they will be able to see much more clearly.

Six months and 650 dispenses later

We are now six months in and regularly delivering the goggles, I have dispensed over 500 pairs. Seeing those same weary eyes and listening to everyone’s unique experiences of what they have gone through. There have been a lot of emotions on the way. The fear of contracting the virus. Our fear of passing it onto others. But with the support of Bolle safety Allegro Optical Opticians and the Trust, we have successfully delivered hundreds of goggles and will continue to supply them for as long as they are needed.

Kim Walker dispensing optician wearing Bolle safety goggles

A job well done

One Patient said to me just yesterday that we all should be so proud of ourselves for the hard work, hours and support we have given. I can honestly say it has been a life-changing experience for myself and Mike Hatch from Bolle and our team in general. It has been a privilege to help support the frontline workers.  If you need safety glasses just give us a call. We know our safety eyewear and have extensive experience in this field.
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Xanthe’s frame of the month – Coco Song’s Golden Bug

Golden Bug By Coco Song – Xanthe’s frame of the month

It’s June, and as well as the return of gorgeous hot sunny days, Pimm’s and lemonade and barbecues it also means we have a new frame of the month! I for one am very excited about this month’s frame, because as you all know I love a bit of class and glamour, so it is no surprise this month’s frame is Coco Song Golden Bug. 

Coco Song Golden Bug at Allegro Optical

Why it’s so special

Now before we get started on the frame and why I love it so much I just wanted to tell you a little about Coco Song. They draw their inspiration from Italian and oriental mediums and culture, only using the very best materials in the world. Materials such as dried flowers, silk, semi-precious stones, one of a kind acetate and metal accents. Each frame is expertly crafted by hand to perfection for 6 months minimum, giving the result of a masterpiece and a truly luxurious frame making any woman feel unique and beautiful. 

Goes with anything

I love this frame and the gorgeous colour. You would think given the name Golden Bug would mean it would be golden. But oh no once again drawing from their uniqueness it’s actually a beautiful teal. If you are a regular reader you will know that teal is a universal colour. It can be worn with most skin tones and outfits. The frame has feathers and French silk set within Italian cotton acetate with a finishing touch of inset lapis lazuli stones. The moment I saw this frame I fell in love with it and just thought it radiated sophistication and class. 

Give it a try

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 Coco Song frames. Take the opportunity to add some sophistication and uniqueness to your everyday life. 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.