Meltham’s Musician’s OpticianIt wasn’t long after we had opened our practice in Meltham, near Huddersfield and Holmfirth, that Rhian Evans walked through our door. A friend had told her about our new optician practice and that we specialised in helping musicians. Professional Harpist Rhian explained that she had been experiencing focusing problems when performing. It is the close proximity of the strings of her harp and the more distant position of the music stand that was causing her problems Rhian needed to see the high-pitched strings immediately to her right at a distance of just 23 cm. Her music stand, however, is 95cm to her left, and the conductor usually 5 meters away directly in front of her.
A creative solutionRhian had been struggling with 2 pairs of single vision glasses for distance and near. We dispensed a pair of adapted progressive lenses with a compensated orientation to take into account Rhian’s working distances and head position. The lenses were mounted into a rimless frame to be less conspicuous on stage. We used a high index lens for durability, with an anti-reflective coating to improve vision, reduce glare and improve the cosmetic appearance of the lenses. Rhian collected her spectacles two weeks later. As with all progressive lenses, there was a period of adaptation, but as with all things, practice makes perfect.
An excellent performance from the musician’s lensesRhian said “From the moment I walked into Allegro Optical I knew I would be dealt with efficiently and professionally. The shop itself is well equipped whilst retaining a reassuring intimacy, and all the staff are welcoming and friendly. Sheryl was very thorough and asked all the right questions regarding my specific vision issues. When I received my new glasses, the first thing I noticed was the weight of the frames, they’re as light as a feather! I was less concerned with the cosmetic appearance of my glasses but I acknowledge that they are very discreet. After initially experiencing some difficulty focusing on my printed sheet music, both at home and in my performance work, I returned to Sheryl. After some discussion, she decided on a solution to my problems. I have now tested my new glasses in both rehearsal and concert situations and I am delighted with the results. No more stooping down to focus on the dots and then lifting my head to see the conductor. After 2 years of wearing badly fitting frames in order to compensate for my specific issues, I can feel my confidence returning. I would highly recommend a visit to Allegro Optical to any musician seeking a solution to their vision problems. Sheryl and her team will do everything they can to help.”
We can see a bright future for this young cornet player
On this very wet September day, summer is now nothing but a memory. The kids are now all back at school and Autumn is with us, with the leaves turning to those beautiful reds and oranges.
The beginning of the Autumn term is always a busy time for opticians. It is now that we see a steady stream of our younger clients in need of new specs for the new school year.
Children’s eye tests
Many parents have their children’s vision tested in the couple of weeks prior to the return to school. Just to be sure that they have clear vision for the academic year ahead and that nothing untoward with their eyes has developed. Children’s eye tests are free on the NHS and if the need glasses those can be obtained free of charge too with the NHS optical voucher scheme.
We had a visit last week from one very musical family who had 2 young boys in need of spectacles. One of the young gentlemen is very fond of playing his cornet and loves making music. He’s not at all shy of giving us an impromptu performance.
While the family have come to us for some time, the youngest member came to collect his first pair of glasses.
As there was a strong family history of ametropia the youngest member of the family, who is just 11 months old, was tested at the hospital eye clinic and unsurprisingly he was prescribed corrective lenses.
The new glasses he collected will allow his vision to develop normally and as a result, he is unlikely to have any long-term effects.
Children’s eyesight develops from birth to around the age of five years. Good vision and eye health play a critical role in an infant’s development and children like everything else need to learn to see.
Poor eye health and vision problems can cause developmental delays in children so it is important to detect any problems early.
At Allegro Optical in Meltham, our team of qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians are on hand to help with all your child’s visual needs. Children’s eye tests are free on the NHS as are their spectacles if needed. To book your child’s eye test give us a call on 01484 907090