Cataracts are no obstacle for EEb Tuba player Peter

Cataracts won’t stop Peter from seeing the music Peter Minshull, an EEb bass player from Cheshire, is a dear friend and regular client of Allegro Optical. Peter was one of our earliest clients and when he came in recently for his annual checkup, it was great to see him again. Peter, a retired civil engineer […]

Promoting Performers Eye Health

Performers’ visual challenges In July some members of the Allegro Optical team travelled to the Department of Music at the University of York to co-host a networking and knowledge exchange event. The aims of the seminar were to raise awareness of the visual challenges faced by performing artists. Delegates discussed the specific visual requirements of […]

“It’s not always just about refraction”

Allegro Optical is making a name for itself as the “Musicians Optician” Specialising in performing arts eye care, the group is the nation’s largest optician dedicated to providing better vision for performers. The eyecare professionals working at Allegro Optical are dedicated to improving the lives of performing artists affected by deteriorating vision.  Millions of musicians […]

#SeeTheMusic and More – Blepharitis and the performing artist

Blepharitis and the performing arts professional As the UK’s only performing arts eye care specialist practice and the only optician registered with BAPAM, we understand the negative impact eye conditions can have on careers.  We have assisted performing arts professionals such as musicians, dancers, singers, presenters, and technicians, such as sound engineers and AV technicians, […]

#SeeTheMusic and More – Astigmatism and the performer

Astigmatism and the performing arts professional Being the UK’s only eye care specialists who work in the performing arts, we understand first-hand how eye disorders and refractive errors can negatively impact a career. This blog series aims to highlight common eye conditions that performers encounter. Musicians, presenters, dancers, camera operators, sound technicians and singers are […]

Poor eye sight and posture

Posture and Eye Sight Anatomical links affect more than your learning ability, they can influence your health as well. This blog explores the connection between posture and vision. Or in short, how poor vision can affect a performers posture, the related pain and how it can impact on performance. From the Eyes to the Brain […]

Meet the team – Clinical Support Technician & Trainee Manager James Brooks

Clinical Support Technician & Trainee Manager James Brooks talks about music, glasses and his job As a child, I wanted to play the trombone. As Diggle’s training band had none spare, I was given a baritone to learn. I enjoyed learning the valves and picked them up very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed myself. After moving […]

In conversation Cory Band Euphonium player Glyn Williams

Glyn Williams talks to Stephen Tighe  “In Conversation” is to become a regular interview series, where one of our team sits down with a leading light from the world of music. From musicians to dancers, public speakers to instrument makers, the series allows us to chat with some of the creatives we most admire and […]

62% of Musicians need glasses to see the music

According to a Dutch study  A 2016 Dutch study into visual complaints and eye problems in musicians, noted that of 118 professional and amateur musicians, 61% of the professionals and 63% of amateurs required some kind of eye correction for playing (62% of the professionals).  Neil Parkin, Principal Baritone player for Cockerton Prize Silver Band […]

Unable to focus on his music, Bob was going tuba loopy

Bob Hallett Eb Bass

When Bob was unable to focus on his music he contacted the musician’s optician Making Music has been challenging for us all over the last eighteen months. Many people have been furloughed and others have had to deal with homeworking. Some of us have continued to go into work but in a very different socially […]