Categories
News

Why do I need to visit the optician for ear wax removal?

No more syringing

Sadly, patients with ear wax build-ups can no longer get their ears cleaned for free by their General Practitioners. A GP practice is essentially a private business, which only gets paid to deliver services that have been agreed to by the Local Clinical Commissioning Group. Clinical Commissioning Groups have stopped paying for ear wax removal, so GP practices no longer offer this service.

The large corporations such as Boots that began providing ear wax removal services have since decided to discontinue the service as well.

Consequently, a lot of people (myself included!) were unable to have their ears cleaned. It is difficult to comprehend how serious an issue excessive ear wax can be for those without it. The loss of hearing is not the only discomfort many people experience. It can also result in infections and other complications. Sadly, some of those who have attended Allegro Optical for ear wax removal didn’t feel safe driving or couldn’t do their jobs safely until they had the wax removed.

At Allegro Optical we offer a safe, caring and efficient ear wax removal service. Micro-suction and irrigation are the two techniques used to remove ear wax. 

Isn’t Irrigation the same as syringing?

The removal of ear wax by irrigation has entirely replaced ear syringing. Syringing the ear to clean it that is pretty much discredited. It could cause more problems than it solved and often it failed to remove ear wax. Water is controlled during irrigation, making it safer and more effective.

What is micro-suction

Micro-suction is one of the driest methods to clean the ear. Your ear is examined with a microscope by the hearing care professional. By magnifying the ear, the hearing care professional can evaluate and treat it more easily. Suction devices are used to clean the ear without using water.

The elderly who are unable to travel to the clinic may be severely affected by excessive ear wax, so we offer a mobile service that comes to their homes. In addition, we visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 

In another BBC article, the BBC explains why it is no longer free to remove ear wax  – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54296737

If you are suffering from excessive ear wax, please get in touch with either Allegro Optical Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Allegro Optical Meltham on 01484 907090 to book an appointment to have your ears cleared.

Categories
About Allegro

Beautiful eyewear that doesn’t cost the Earth – By Abigayle Doe

Now you really can look good while saving the planet

We’re proud that Allegro Optical is a family run business that cares. Sheryl Doe Managing Director and Dispensing Optician has always been concerned about the impact we have on our environment. She worries about how our actions now will affect her children and grandchildren in years to come. With this in mind when Allegro Optical first opened in 2017, Sheryl made sure there was a choice of eco-friendly products available. Our first eco-friendly frames were Hemp Eyewear made in Edinburgh. It is the world’s first spectacle frame made from sustainable plant-based materials.  It is designed and manufactured in the UK, reducing its carbon footprint and lowering the air miles incurred by delivery.

Something a little different

Over the years both Sheryl and myself, Training Manager, Abigayle. Yes, I’m another of Sheryl’s daughters! We have tried hard to bring in new eco-friendly, recycled or sustainable products to both Meltham and Saddleworth.  Allegro Optical now has 11 different environmentally ethical spectacle brands.  We’re are always on the lookout for more because this means that we can help to save the Earth, without it costing you the Earth. We’ve also made sure that there are frames to suit every budget. 

Allegro Optical also plants a tree for every eco-friendly spectacle frame that is sold. Each of our eco-friendly and sustainable brands has its own unique way of helping the environment.  From Coral, Sea2see and Waterhaul, (who all reclaim ocean plastics and fishing nets, recycling them into econyl to make spectacles frames rather than leaving them in the oceans damaging both environment and wildlife).

To David Green (who is inspired by and embraces nature) incorporating natural elements into the designs of his spectacle frames, such as leaves and reeds. These frames are biodegradable when they are no longer needed. Coral even come with a trade-in value towards your new pair of Corals, so you can hand them back when you want a new look. The old frames are then recycled and used to produce another fabulous planet-friendly frame. You even get a thank you for your troubles.

We don’t just think about the frames

As well frames we try to ensure that our lenses have the lowest environmental impact possible. Whilst lenses cannot be produced from recycled materials, yet, we do use lens manufacturers from the UK,

one of which is located only 30 miles from our Meltham practice. The lenses are produced and cut in one location, unlike other opticians who buy lenses from abroad and cut them onsite. Still racking up a huge amount of air miles and diluting the local economy. We do source our lenses this way to limit our carbon footprint as well as to support the local economy and surrounding community. 

 

Saving the seas in Saddleworth and Holmfirth

Our regular readers will know all about our love of local producers and suppliers. Likewise, they will also know that we like to protect our planet. From the low impact Hemp Eyewear to the handmade natural cotton-based acetate frames from David Green. From the recycled frames from Sea2See, Waterhaul, Coral and frames created from biodegradable plastics, the list is vast.

By stocking our frame selection responsibly we are helping our planet and respecting our environment. Where possible we are reducing air miles by sourcing British made frames and lenses and in turn reducing our carbon footprint. In doing this we are also supporting the local and British economy as a whole. Not a bad decision in what can be described as a particularly difficult and uncertain time for the UK.

We care about your eyecare and eyewear

We are passionate about all forms of ethical eyewear. If you would like to know more about eyewear with a conscience, or you would like to own a beautiful pair of ethical spectacles contact Allegro Optical. The home of beautiful eyewear that doesn’t cost the earth. If you would like to try ethical eyewear call, Greenfield, on 01457 353100 or Meltham on  01484 907090

 

 

Categories
About Allegro

Janet’s Spectacular eyewear styling journey

From Boring Binns to Glorious Glasses 

We recognise that selecting new glasses is a pain for most individuals. In most other circumstances, you’re left to “self-select” your eyewear from a dizzying assortment of potentially thousands of options. This merely increases your chances of selecting the incorrect frame! Now combine the new spectacle frame dilemma with a very strong prescription and you have a recipe for disaster.

It was in early May that Janet approached us having heard about the Allegro Optical Eyewear Styling approach to choosing new glasses. Having purchased new glasses a few months earlier from a local competitor Janet was disappointed with her appearance in the glasses. Her lens thickness and her quality of vision correction. 

At Allegro Optical, we provide a more refined method of purchasing eyewear. Our Eyewear Styling Consultation enables our registered dispensing opticians to help our clients select new glasses. It is intended to alleviate the frustrations and inconveniences that come with selecting new glasses. Our individual approach saves clients considerable time and effort. It also eliminates the random and often disorderly approach to selecting new glasses. It will make the entire purchasing experience more pleasurable and gratifying. Eyewear styling clients receive expert guidance and recommendations to suit their personality, colouring, face shape and visual needs.

Time to show Janet’s true colours

After a few minutes of discussion with Janet, we were able to get to know her style preferences and attitude to colour. We then analysed Janet’s colouring and facial features, took some facial measurements and discussed her lens preferences. Our aim is to provide clients with a calm and pleasurable experience. We help them to enjoy the process of trying on frames from our hand-curated range of eyewear. Clients can also enjoy either a great pot of tea or a cafetière of fresh coffee. Alternatively, a glass of wine or Prosecco may be more your style.

Having spent some time with Janet, we discovered that she has a creative and natural styling personality and favours a cool colour palette. Janet has quite angular features, fabulous cheekbones and beautifully arched brows which we wanted to accentuate. 

We selected six frames of the correct size for Janet to choose from, she settled on the very first one we showed her, a stunning frame by Oliver Goldsmith. A beautiful medium grey tortoise acetate with a very subtle cat-eye shape, the frame has a polished Italian acetate front, with brushed steel sides and matching temple tips.

Outside Prescriptions Welcome

Janet brought her prescription from her previous optician with her. Our Optometrist, Sara Ackroyd, checked the notated powers then we set about choosing Janet’s lenses. Janet is amblyopic, in other words, she has what is often referred to as a lazy eye and she has a very strong prescription. We settled on the thinnest possible resin lenses, choosing a 1.74 index with lenticularisation to thin the edges. 1.74 index resins are ultra-high index lens materials that are used to make lenses that are extremely thin. Perfect for Janet prescription. As Janet has quite an active lifestyle she wanted Transition lenses and favoured the grey colour change as it complimented her frames.  

On closer inspection

As Janet’s prescription is so strong she prefers to have separate glasses for reading and distance. For her reading glasses, she chose a beautiful frame by the bold Dutch manufacturer Outspoken, opting for the Outspoken OA2021. We glazed this frame with a 1.67 resin, again using lenticularisation to thin the edges. The 1.67 index lens material provides a perfect base for thinner lenses and has strong impact resistance. Again, Janet opted for a grey Transitions 8 coating so that she can enjoy reading in the sun. 

Having joined “Eyeplan” (our eye care scheme), Janet is safe in the knowledge that she has fully insured her glasses against accidental damage. The scheme also gives her unlimited eye care, whenever she needs it and preferential rates on all purchases. So it was no surprise that after collecting her first pair of glasses Janet decided to purchase some sunglasses.

Time for some fun in the sun

Janet was delighted with her reading glasses, her lens thickness and her quality of vision in them. She was so pleased, she decided to order some prescription sunglasses and settled on two pairs of Aspinal of London. Janet chose the Palmero Sunglass in two colours, the Opal and the Mink. 

While the design of these frames was inspired by the 1960s Italian glitterati culture, they still feature some contemporary elements. For a delicate designer touch, each piece is lightly decorated with Aspinal of London’s identifiable logo and branding, making these frames instantly recognisable. 

Janet opted for a very dark tinted, high index lens, with a dual surface anti-reflection coating. This helps to reduce glare and give a better cosmetic appearance. Sometimes high prescription lenses can appear to be quite thick and heavy.

Not wanting a spectacle

Now that Janet has a fantastic spectacle wardrobe, she is all set for any occasion. That said, she still wanted contact lenses for occasional use, for those moments when wearing glasses isn’t practical. Janet preferred Acuvue Oasys 1 Day Lenses as they give her the flexibility to wear them just occasionally. These lenses have a good expiry date, allowing her to keep a box for when she wants them without committing to a regular supply. Although she does have the option to have regular deliveries of just 30 pairs to her home address every three months if she wishes.

A word from the lady herself

Now Janet has a fabulous spectacle wardrobe and is enjoying her eyewear once again. We asked Janet how she felt about her eyewear styling journey with Allegro Optical. Her response was as follows;

“Too often I have felt a sense of ‘making-do’ with frames that simply fit my prescription to avoid thick lenses, with little attention to whether they suit my face or indeed have any style or flair to them. In contrast, I am delighted with my spectacles from Allegro, as encouraged by Sheryl I chose some beautifully stylish, up-to-date frames that make me look younger and feel brighter when I see my reflection in a mirror. The attention to detail in lenses so thinned-down and neatly fitted is exceptional, and the customer care has felt personal and entirely tailored to my individual needs. What more can I say? I highly recommend Allegro Opticians and am delighted to have found a local optician that I can rely on.”

Love your eyewear

Because we wear our glasses all day and rely on them to see correctly, comfort, style and function are equally important parts of the overall glass-wearing experience. It can also make choosing the right pair of glasses seem intimidating and challenging. A qualified, GOC registered dispensing optician can guide you through the maze of choosing the right glasses for you. Our dispensing opticians are trained, eyewear stylists. They are able to suggest alternatives and even make the experience enjoyable. They will find frames that fit perfectly. Frames that are suitable for your prescription and most importantly help you to feel confident in your eyewear. 

Enjoy some eye time

The process we use is geared to making you feel comfortable with your choice of eyewear, give you confidence when wearing your glasses and help you fall in love with your eyewear. We’d also like to add that eyewear styling isn’t just for the ladies! Gentlemen can also benefit from an eyewear consultation to assist them in selecting frames that match their individuality, business persona or reflect their personality. 

Glasses can help people understand you for who you are, or they can help you portray the image you want. The idea is to get the best glasses frames to project the image you want while still suiting your personality and lifestyle. That goes for ladies and gentlemen.

Book your consultation and enjoy some eye time

With our Eyewear Styling Consultation, you’ll get more personalised service and better advice. You’ll enjoy a relaxed and courteous consultation with a member of our dispensing team, instead of looking through hundreds of frames that don’t suit you or fit you well. It could also be a lot of fun.

To book your personal eyewear styling consultation, simply call us in Greenfield, Saddleworth on 01457 35310 or Meltham, Holmfirth on 01484 907090 and have a chat with one of our friendly teams.

Categories
About Allegro

COVID Hero Dispensing Optician Kim is shortlisted for National Award

Kim had been shortlisted for the Dispensing Optician of the Year 2021 award

The teams at Meltham and Greenfield are celebrating! Our Dispensing Optician and safety eyewear specialist Kim Walker has been shortlisted for one of our industry’s most prestigious awards.

We’ve all had to adapt, opticians especially have had to change our operating practices more than ever before. It has been a challenge to continue to provide outstanding eye care locally.  Because we have all had to adhere to new operating procedures things have been difficult. In addition to delivering eye care to the local community and supporting musicians with our specialism in performing arts eyecare. Allegro Optical’s team of dispensing opticians have been dispensing safety eyewear to local NHS staff. 

PPE prescription eyewear for those who need it

Working with Bolle Safety eyewear, our team of dispensing opticians, headed by Kim, have dispensed PPE eyewear to the staff of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, St James’s University Hospital Trust and starting this month, Calderdale and Huddersfield Hospital Trusts. The team wanted to help the brave NHS workers who have been working tirelessly since COVID-19 arrived in the UK. Kim and all the team have worked long hours in all the Hospitals, seeing up to 50 patients a day. Even on Kim’s day off, she has gone to work and stayed overnight due to bad weather. 

 

Managing Director Stephen Tighe said: “I am delighted that Kim has been shortlisted for the awards. It’s a testament to her hard work and dedication. Kim has been working on the project since January and really made it her own. Her success has allowed the project to expand its reach.  From the initial clinics in Wakefield and now reaches across 3 more hospital trusts”. 

Collecting awards

News of being shortlisted in the Optician Awards comes just two months after Allegro Optical was named the SME News, West Yorkshire’s Most Trusted Family Run Eye Care Clinic for the second year running. The winner will be announced at a glitzy gala dinner on December 2nd in London. It’s sure to be a great night of celebration for optics. 

Founded Allegro Optical in 2016 the team at Allegro Optical specialise in performing arts eyecare. Investing heavily in technology and optical equipment we are proud that both of our practices are equipped with the latest Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)  Scanners.

Sheryl Doe Joint Managing Director, “Dispensing Optician and winner of the Dispensing Optician of the Year in 2019” said “ It is our mission to deliver the best possible customer experience. Our cutting edge optical technology enables us to offer our clients modern, welcoming, high-quality practices, with state of the art equipment. Our comprehensive eye examinations and our advanced optometry exams involve a complete diagnostic evaluation of clients ocular health and vision. By combining technology with a passion to deliver great customer service has helped us to grow a very successful organisation. Kim has taken the Allegro Optical values and beliefs to a new level in her work in the field of safety eyewear and we are all extremely proud of her.” 

Trust the professionals

Book your advanced optometry eye exam or a styling consultation with Kim or any member of the team call Meltham 01484 907090 or Greenfield 01457 353100. Award-winning eye care at its best.  

For a full list of nominees and details of the event, please follow this link 

Categories
About Allegro News

October’s Frame of the Month, an Ethical Spectacle

Xanthe’s Ethical Spectacle, October’s Frame of the Month

It’s October and with the new season, we have a new frame of the month! This month’s frame is Hector, in ocean blue, produced by the wonderful Coral eyewear company. I chose this frame for two reasons. Firstly, now that summer is well and truly over, I wanted a frame that injected a little summer into the autumn season. Secondly, I love Coral eyewear as its ethos is sustainability, using materials that are either causing serious damage to the sea life in our oceans, or materials that are found at landfill sites that otherwise wouldn’t be reusable. Any brand that puts sustainability above everything else, gets a big thumbs up from me! Now, before we go any more into this fantastic brand, I first want to tell you all about our frame of the month Hector in the colour ocean blue. 

 

The first thing that drew me to this frame was the fact it’s unisex, but what kept me interested was its vivid colour. The colour is a gorgeous deep ocean blue, set in a classic style frame shape. I would team this frame with a bold eye look focusing on purples and hazel colours, finishing with a very natural lip shade. This beautiful frame design is created in the UK, with the company being based in London and Edinburgh. The designs are then sent to Italy to be handcrafted by a highly skilled team. Another amazing quality about this frame is how incredibly lightweight they are, while still feeling very robust and well built. The wonderful thing about this frame and any other Coral eyewear frames for that matter is that they are made from completely sustainable materials! Let’s find out a little more about the wonderful Coral eyewear. 

Sustainability and style

Coral eyewear was started by university student George Bailey, who was fed up with brands using non-sustainable plastics and materials for their frames. By researching more sustainable avenues George was able to create a brand and product that puts the environment above everything else. George also comes from an optical family, so has a knowledge and understanding of the industry. This has been invaluable in ensuring that the end product is as high quality as possible without compromising on quality, sustainability and style. The process to make these incredible frames is fascinating. It starts with using rescued ocean fishing nets, regenerated ocean waste and recycled plastic from landfills. Next, they clean and sort the waste to recover the nylon to create a material known as Econyl, which is then used for the eyewear frame. The frames are as strong as any other frame being made using non-sustainable materials, but without damaging our environment.  The final cherry on top of this eco-friendly cake is, if you decide you want to change your style and pick another of their frames, you can send your frames back to them for recycling as they can be recycled infinitely!  

Your vision now, our vision for the future

So if, like me, you love the look of these frames or the sound of Coral Eyewear then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of Coral frames. Take the opportunity to add some sustainability to your style. 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.