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#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, in seeing the music.

We will all experience vision problems at some point in our lives. In most cases, these problems are caused by refractive errors, which affect how the eyes focus light rather than being caused by an eye disease or disorder. However, many of us can be affected by eye diseases or disorders. Performing arts professionals experience various eye conditions that we examine in this blog series. 

Blepharitis

In the medical world, blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tis) refers to irritated, swollen eyelids. It is the most common eye disorder. Despite being a chronic (ongoing) condition, it can often be managed by patients themselves with the advice of an eye care professional.

Blepharitis typically affects both eyes along the edges of the eyelids. Tiny oil glands at the base of the eyelashes become inflamed. Redness and inflammation are caused by clogged pores. Blepharitis can be caused by several diseases and conditions.

Symptoms of blepharitis include;

  • Having itchy eyes
  • The eyes feel gritty
  • Eyelashes that are flaky or crusty
  • Eyelids sticking together on waking in the morning
  • Feeling of burning in the eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes

Causes of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is usually caused by an excess of bacteria on your eyelids near the base of your eyelashes. Bacteria on your skin is normal, but too much bacteria can be harmful. Blepharitis can also occur if the oil glands in your eyelids get clogged or irritated. 

The exact cause of blepharitis isn’t clear. It might be associated with one or more of the following:

  • The precise cause of blepharitis is unknown. It could be related to one or more of the following:
  • Seborrheic dermatitis is characterised by scalp and brow dandruff.
  • clogged or dysfunctional oil glands in your eyelids
  • Rosacea is a skin ailment that causes facial redness.
  • Allergies, such as responses to eye medicines, contact lens solutions, or eye makeup
  • Lice or eyelash mites
  • Eyes that are dry

Complications

If you have blepharitis, you might also have:

  • Eyelash issues. Blepharitis can cause your eyelashes to shed and grow unnaturally (misdirected eyelashes), or lose colour.
  • Skin concerns on the eyelids Long-term blepharitis can cause scarring on the eyelids. Or the eyelid margins may turn inward or outward.
  • Excessive weeping or dryness of the eyes. Abnormal oily secretions and other debris shed from the eyelids, such as dandruff flaking, can accumulate in your tear film — the water, oil, and mucus mix that creates tears.
  • An abnormal tear film makes it difficult to keep your eyes moist. This can irritate your eyes and produce dryness or excessive tears.
  • Stye. Styes are infections that form near the base of the eyelashes. As a result, you’ll have an uncomfortable bump on the edge of your eyelid. A stye is most commonly seen on the surface of the eyelid.
  • Chalazion. A chalazion happens when one of the tiny oil glands at the edge of the eyelid, right behind the eyelashes, becomes clogged. This obstruction promotes inflammation of the gland, causing the eyelids to enlarge and redden. This may clear up or become a firm, non-tender lump.
  • Pink eye that is persistent. Pink eye can be brought on by blepharitis (conjunctivitis).
  • Corneal abrasion. A sore on your cornea can develop as a result of constant irritation from irritated eyelids or misdirected eyelashes. A corneal infection might be exacerbated by a lack of tears.

Performing Arts Professionals and Blepharitis

Many performing artists are at particular risk of developing Blepharitis due to its close links with dry eye disease. Many eye specialists and dermatologists believe that there is a link between dry eye disease and blepharitis. As we age, we experience changes or reductions in our normal meibomian gland secretions. This decline in secretions can be an indication of gland dysfunction. Changes in our Meibomian glands play a significant role in the increase of symptoms of dry eye especially in dry environments such as on stage, in the rehearsal room and in the orchestra pit.

How do I know if I have Blepharitis?

  • Examining your eyes. Your Optometrist might use a special magnifying instrument to examine your eyelids and your eyes.
  • Skin Swabbing for testing. In certain cases, your GP might use a swab to collect samples of the oil or the crust that forms on your eyelid. This sample can be analysed for bacteria, fungus or evidence of an allergy.

Blepharitis Treatment

There is no cure for blepharitis but the condition can be managed by looking after your eyelids. Using a warm compress over closed eyelids can often soften the crust and loosen the debris. Keeping the eyelids clean often helps to ease the symptoms. 

Depending on the cause of the condition, the Optometrist may suggest the use of artificial tears or a lubricant to help restore your eye health. Antibiotics, antiviral drugs, and other medications may also be prescribed as part of a treatment plan. The insertion of punctal plugs can help to block the tear ducts, allowing more tears to stay in the eyes.

These plugs are small devices that are placed in the tear ducts. This helps keep the tears on the eyes surface improving comfort and relieving itchy, burning and red eyes.

Left untreated Blepharitis can lead to dry eyes, baldness in the eyelashes, and excessive tears. A healthy lifestyle can help prevent the condition. It is especially important to clean your eyes and remove all makeup before bed. Do this regularly to maintain your eye health

In Summary

As the UK’s only specialist Performing Arts eye care provider we understand more than most just how much dry eye conditions can impact a performer’s career and everyday life. 

Our optical specialists understand the demands of professional musicians and performing arts professionals. Working in collaboration with our dispensing opticians and optometrists, we are able to assist musicians. It is surprising how many musicians are unaware of the many solutions available to them. 

With the precision of our performing arts eye exams, the expertise of our optometrists and dispensing opticians using cutting edge diagnostic equipment and dispensing procedures our unique approach can help to resolve performing arts practitioners’ vision problems. To help in the treatment of Blepharitis we have developed a Unique Blepharitis Treatment Programme. This is a management program consisting of:

  • Initial 30 minute consultation with a dry eye specialist Optometrist, followed by reviews within the first 3 month period as necessary
  • Up to 3 appointments with an Optometrist and/or Dispensing Optician throughout the year
  • Preferential discounts of products to manage your condition
  • All this for just £4.99 per month
  • Treatment may consist of:
  • Ocular lubricants
  • Heat treatment
  • Lid massage
  • Lid hygiene
  • Supplements

If you are suffering from any of the conditions mentioned above or have any of the symptoms described then please speak to one of our staff.  To book an appointment or find out more about our exclusive dry eye programme, Call us today and speak to a member of our team. 

Contact: To find out more about Allegro Optical, the musicians’ opticians go to; https://allegrooptical.co.uk/services/musicians-optical-services/

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She did it! Insp-eye-ering Optician Kim scoops national award

Kim Walker – Dispensing Optician of the Year 2021

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our Dispensing Optician Kim Walker has won the prized 2021 UK Optician Awards Dispensing Optician of the Year Award. Kim’s contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic are acknowledged by this award. 

This is Allegro Optical’s second Opticians Awards win in three years, which recognises excellence in the UK’s optical industry. Managing Director, Dispensing Optician Sheryl Doe scooped the prestigious award in 2019

An angel for the NHS

In addition to her work in practice Kim and her colleagues have been dispensing prescription safety eyewear to frontline NHS staff at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Yorkshire Trust Hospitals, and St James’s University Hospital Leeds. Kim has worked tirelessly for the past year to provide as many frontline NHS staff as possible with prescription eye protection as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kim worked long hours in practice and at the Hospitals, seeing up to 50 patients a day. Even on her day off, she has gone to work and often stayed overnight due to bad weather. Often under challenging conditions, Kim has dispensed and fitted over 2000 pairs of safety glasses to NHS frontline workers, completing over 4000 appointments. Kim has been emotionally drained at times, but ever the professional, she has not let that affect her  work.

An eye on the prize

Even though Kim felt a little overwhelmed by the honour, she and Allegro Optical are thrilled to be recognised nationally once again in this way. When asked about her award Kim said ““It was a privilege to be shortlisted let alone win, I feel truly humbled and this is one the highlights of my life.”

This latest national award is a testament to Kim’s professionalism, experience, dedication, continued high level of service delivery, and Allegro Optical’s use of cutting-edge technology. 

Technology and Professionalism

Allegro Optical we pride ourselves on combining award-winning customer service with cutting-edge technology, including optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanners in both Meltham and Greenfield. With OCT imaging the Allegro Optical eye care professionals can detect signs of serious eye conditions up to 4 years earlier than with traditional methods.

We have just invested in Clinical Eye Trackers for both practices, another first in the area. Allegro Optical Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians now have a new tool to evaluate and test eye movements and binocular vision. This allows the team to provide clients with the best optical solutions in the area.

In addition to OCT and Clinical Eye Trackers, both practices now have colorimeters which are used to assess symptoms of visual stress, and other conditions including migraine, photo-sensitive epilepsy or acquired brain injuries. A grand reopening will take place in January 2022 to unveil the new equipment and the new refit. 

We are very proud to represent Holmfirth and Saddleworth nationally and continue to provide a high level of service to their loyal and local customers. 

If you would like to experience award winning eye care and the very latest in ophthalmic technology, all in sumptuous and welcoming surroundings call one of our teams in Meltham on 01484 907090 or Greenfield on 01457 353100

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The dangers of mascara

That Time Of The Year 

Halloween, Bonfire night, Christmas, New Years – there’s so much going on during this time of year, and it’s filled with parties, meals out, and simply getting dressed up. During this time we have seen a big rise in a problem that we should not be seeing, but is inevitable. By failing to follow a few simple steps, you open yourself up to a host of issues that can become extremely serious if not addressed. In this blog, I’ll share with you some tips and tricks to help you lower your chances of getting a nasty eye infection.

Tip 1

My first tip may seem obvious, but the number of people I know who don’t clean their makeup brushes surprises me. Take a moment to think about how much your face and hands come into contact with, and then imagine that not only are your brushes touching your face, but they’re being handled by hands that may not be 100% clean. Cleaning brushes doesn’t require you to buy expensive soaps or special washing gels. You can use either baby shampoo or hand soap, both of which are effective. One easy tip is to dry your brushes on a rolled up towel facing downwards once they have been cleaned so that any moisture inside the brush does not dry and cause bacteria to grow. Watch this video to see how I wash mine. 

 

We haven’t heard about Xanthe in a while, but now is the time! Let’s learn about how once again Xanthe did something that didn’t end well knowing it wouldn’t end well but still did it anyway! Okay, so to set the scene, here’s a little background. While we were teenagers, we were not allowed to cake ourselves in makeup, so except for special occasions, we only wore the barest minimum. It would be nice to say I saw reason and followed the rules, but rebellious me thought she knew everything.  After my parents left for work, I rummaged through my mum’s makeup bag and then caked my eyes in makeup for school. I would like to go back in time and tell fifteen-year-old Xanthe that she’s a dingbat. Maybe I would have escaped many groundings. Every time I came home from school, I had to scrub my face to the very edge of its life to get it all off before my parents got home or I would be grounded. Needless to say, sometimes I forgot and the argument ensued when I would lie about the makeup on my face not being there when in truth it was…ding-bat! The last laugh went to my mum when she contracted conjunctivitis and then I miraculously (cough) caught it too! As you can see, the moral of the story is don’t use someone else’s mascara because you’re just asking for an eye infection. 

Tip 2

Next, I recommend replacing old makeup with new regularly. Makeup has only a limited shelf life and once it’s out of date, it not only begins to break down, causing it to not function as intended, but it also makes bacteria and germs easier to spread. Most makeup tins, bottles and palettes will have a little sign that contains a number and the letter M on the bottom or side. The number indicates how long the makeup will remain good from the date of opening before it goes bad.

Tip 3

When purchasing makeup, you want to make sure it is sealed, either with cellotape or a plastic stopper. If the “seal” is broken then change it for one that hasn’t been broken immediately. 

So there you have it. Some simple steps you can take to avoid catching a nasty eye infection this autumn and winter. If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us at either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090. And don’t forget to follow us on all our social media Twitter @AllegroOptical, Instagram @AllegroOptical and Facebook @AllegroOptical. 

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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 

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Why having your glasses fitted correctly is so important

Measuring for glasses frames is essential to get a good fit

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.

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.

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.

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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Your Perfect Pairs – Eyewear which reflects your personality

Eyewear styling by Allegro Optical

Eyewear styling and Award-Winning Eye Care 

Are you bored with the same old style of spectacles. The kind you see in multiple high street opticians, or all over the internet? Do you tend to choose a similar shape frame every time? Would you like to choose your eyewear in a relaxed, personal experience? Have you been disappointed with your glasses in the past?

At Allegro Optical our whole team knows the importance of dressing from your face first. We know that your eyewear is often the very first thing anyone notices about you. Eyewear speaks volumes about who you are before you’ve even said hello. With this in mind, your eyewear should reflect your personality perfectly. Expressing who you are, giving you even more confidence every single day. As well as being a perfect fit of course. At your own personal eyewear styling consultation, with one of our talented team members, we will help you do just that.

Many of our stylists are fully qualified dispensing opticians. These are eye care professionals who will listen to you and ask just the right questions.  Once they have listened to your needs they will really understand how you want to feel in your new spectacles. They will find a collection of unique pieces for you to try on, that could be your perfect match.

Step out of your comfort zone

You could discover the perfect pair you’ve been searching for. Maybe you’ll be surprised by a style you wouldn’t otherwise have looked at.  We know that you will be delighted with your new spectacle wardrobe, with looks for all different occasions.

Always true to our environmental values, we actively seek out small eyewear fashion houses that produce their frames in small numbers in traditional or innovative ways.

Unique eyewear just for you

We stock handmade frames of the highest quality, which are often hard to find: only a handful of the UK’s most progressive opticians carry these exclusive collections. Maybe you want to make a personal statement with everyday wearability.  Or perhaps you are looking for something unquestionably unique for that special occasion. Whatever your aim, Allegro Optical will find the perfect glasses for you.

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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Dispensing Optician Charlotte Cassidy joins Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham

Dispensing Optician Charlotte Cassidy wearing William Morris

Dispensing Optician Charlotte Cassidy joins our team

The whole team here at Allegro Optical opticians are delighted to welcome experienced Dispensing Optician Charlotte Cassidy. Charlotte, who has over 30 years of experience, joined our Meltham practice in October and is a valued team member.

Charlotte Cassidy Dispensing Optician

Previously, Charlotte managed Boots opticians in King Street, Huddersfield. She later became the resident Dispensing Optician at the New Street practice until the unit was closed following the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak. Charlotte said: “I am delighted to have joined a local family business. I am happy to be working at a welcoming, friendly and local independent practice that excels in personalised customer service.

Local staff local knowledge

Charlotte lives in Meltham with daughter Ava and her husband Russell owns and manages G Haigh Butchers in the village. She is dispensing primarily in the Meltham practice. Charlotte is also due to start an eyewear styling, colour and style analysis course. Once completed Charlotte will have a full understanding of colour; facial analysis and style personality. Charlotte will then be able to assist her clients to find their perfect eyewear. Delivering the personalised, one-of-a-kind eyewear styling service for which Allegro Optical has become famous.

Managing Director and Dispensing Optician of the year 2019 Sheryl Doe said: “Charlotte has all the credentials to be a fabulous asset to Allegro Optical. I am delighted to welcome her to the team. We already have fantastic teams in place in both Greenfield and Meltham. Charlotte coming on board gives us another dimension.”

Amy, Charlotte, Josie and Sheryl

Open for business

Allegro Optical is remaining open for all eyecare and hearing needs during the current lockdown and will continue to provide all its current services including ophthalmic and emergency eye care, pre-screening, dispensing, and hearing care.

Research by leading industry bodies indicated that a third of the people in the UK noticed a deterioration in their eyesight during the first lockdown. For this reason, we are encouraging customers to keep their scheduled appointments, staying up to date with their eye care.

While most retailers have closed under the new restrictions, opticians can remain open. We understand the concern customers have as we have moved back into a second lockdown. As a team, we would like to everyone that it is safe to go ahead and book an appointment or come in as scheduled.

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Meet The Team – Niamh Curran – Optical Support Assistant

Meet another member of our team

Niamh came to us on work experience and she’s been here ever since. In this month’s Meet The Team blog we talk to Niamh who is based in Meltham. We asked her a few questions, so that you can get to know her better.

Niamh Curran Optical Support Allegro Optical, the musicians optician Meltham

Tell us a little about yourself

During the week, I go to college where I’m studying biology, chemistry, history and photography, (an unusual combination I know). At the weekend I’m the Saturday girl at Allegro Optical. I’ve always been a bookworm, with my parents previously owning the bookshop, “Happy Cow Books” (I definitely remember it like the magical bookshop in You’ve Got Mail). In my spare time, I also love capturing photos, baking, listening to music and volunteering when I can. I have volunteered for the past two years at Meltham Beer Festival. My Dad organises this along with Meltham Memories, raising money for the local community. 

How did you come to work at Allegro Optical?

I came to Allegro Optical for work experience in March 2018 to gain insight into the optical industry. In July 2018 I joined the Allegro team. I have always found it fascinating how life changing a pair of glasses can be. Seeing the important process of testing someone’s eyesight, dispensing and then people receiving their glasses from the sidelines, is my favourite part of the job. As a customer you don’t see the science behind correcting someone’s vision. Or the different complications that need to be dealt with, but I do. 

Meet The Team - Niamh

What do you like about your job?

I like the social aspect of my job, talking to different people in the practice and on the phone. It has definitely improved my communication skills and my confidence. Being quite a shy person this was very daunting when I first started. I enjoy helping people so being a part of the Allegro team, who help people see, is very rewarding and fulfilling. Being a part of the Allegro team is like a second family; we all look out for each other. It definitely outweighs waking up early on a Saturday.

What are your plans for the future and what do you see yourself doing in ten years?

I aim to go to university after finishing my A levels, at the moment I know I want to continue with my science subjects, perhaps going into optics or even forensics. The optical industry merges healthcare and retail so working for Allegro Optical gives me two different angles to learn from and experience. 

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Meet The Team – Xanthe Doe Digital / E-Commerce Manager

Xanthe Doe – Digital / E-Commerce

Xanthe Doe Allegro Optical the musicians optician

Digital / E-Commerce Manager Xanthe has a way with words, in fact, she is a bit of a lexical goddess. Whether it’s writing a creative blog or something a little more off the wall for social media.  Xanthe is our go-to girl.

When Xanthe isn’t creating trendy social media posts or helping the team with day-to-day tasks, she takes a healthy interest in fashion. Always immaculate Xanthe treats every day as if life is the catwalk. If you want some sound fashion advice regarding frame style, she’ll tell it as it is. We chatted to Xanthe about what makes her tick and here are her resposes.

Xanthe, tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am Sheryl Doe’s youngest daughter and I am the Digital / E-Commerce Manager with Allegro Optical and  and I recently got engaged to my lovely man Simon (YAY!). Now a lot of my free time at the moment is taken up with wedding planning. Xanthe Doe Allegro Optical the musicians optician

What is your role within Allegro Optical?

Visual stress assessment at Allegro Optical Meltham

My Role within Allegro Optical is as a Digital / E-Commerce Manager which includes a wide range of things from doing data entry to stock takes to writing blogs. I also recorded review videos reviewing our frames which you can view here. 

How has your role changed since you joined Allegro Optical?

Xanthe and Sheryl Doe Allegro Optical the musicians optician

When I first started my job was data entry part time. Whereas now, I’m full time doing a much wider range of jobs. I love how day to day, week to week, it’s different, no month is the same and I’m learning new skills all the time.

What do you like about your job?

XAnthe Doe and James Brooks Allegro Optical

I like how it’s a family business and knowing the harder I work the more it not only benefits me, but also my family and future family members prospects. We all work as a team at Allegro Optical and even if we’re not related we all support and help each other.


What do you do in your spare time?

Xanthe winter fashion

When not working as a Digital / E-Commerce Manager I’m a very keen crocheter, although my skills only go as far as blankets, cuddly toys and hats. I thoroughly enjoy reading murder mysteries, my top 3 favourite authors would be Agatha Christie, Linwood Barclay and Martina Cole. If you don’t find me tucked away in a corner with my head in a book or crocheting a blanket, you’ll find me in the kitchen baking chocolate cupcakes, Victoria sponge or Brownies. 

What are your plans for the future?

I’m planning to run a 5k in 2020, but I am the least fit person you can imagine. I refuse to even run to catch the bus.  I’m both excited to start training and get fitter, but i’m apprehensive as to what I’ve gotten myself into.  

Where is your dream holiday destination?

I recently took a dream holiday to New York so I’m ticking that off the bucket list. I would say my new dream holiday would have to be, to take a road trip through Italy beginning at Genova going by Venice through Rome and ending in Naples. Enjoying all the rich and wonderful food and scenery. 

Xanthe Doe Allegro Optical the musicians optician

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book would have to be Murder On The Orient Express simply because it was the first proper book I ever read as I’m dyslexic and struggled to ever read more then a 100-page book when I was young and so I never enjoyed reading but when I began to read Murder On The Orient Express it gripped me and made me want to read more and so that book will always have a very special place in my heart as It opened the door to my love of reading.