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Not just a DO – Allegro Optical in Meltham feature in National Campaign by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)

Allegro Optical in Meltham feature in a National ABDO Campaign


Allegro Optical in Meltham is not your run of the mill opticians. With a specialism in musicians and performers eyecare, the small independent has been getting noticed.

As part of their #NotJustaDO campaign, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians have been talking to our co-founder and dispensing optician Sheryl Doe.

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is running the Not Just a DO Campaign. The aim is to raise the profile of the range of activities carried out by Dispensing Opticians (DOs) and Contact Lens Opticians(CLOs).

Aims of #NotJustaDO

The campaign showcases a different DOs every week talking about their work and specialisms. As well as a guide for the public about what a dispensing optician is and what they do.

ABDO Head of Communications says, “The campaign arose from the feeling that DOs can be undervalued as a member of the practice staff. We would love the wider professions to understand the full benefits of having a DO on your team.”

Read what Sheryl has to say about combining music and optics here.

Why we are different

Allegro Optical became the first and only opticians to gain BAPAM registration, providing optical care in partnership with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine.Allegro Optical in Meltham near Holmfirth, Huddersfield and Saddleworth feature in national campaign by association of British Dispensing Opticians

Sheryl was a finalist in the prestigious Opticians Awards Dispensing Opticians of the Year awards. She also won the National Best New Business Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In addition to providing professional and affordable eyecare to the local community of Holmfirth, Huddersfield and Saddleworth. The team at Allegro Optical look after performers from across the UK and abroad. Providing specialist care both to this very niche market and the local residents.

To find out more call 01484 907090 or call in and have a chat, and maybe a brew.

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OCT – Helping us see so much more

Our OCT Scanner is helping us see so much more to look after your vision and eye health

Good vision is something that most people take for granted, but we all only have one pair of eyes. At Allegro Optical we believe that eyesight is precious, it’s one of the senses we would struggle to do without.  Just as a regular MOT makes sure your car is safe and roadworthy, it’s good to keep a check on your eyes and eye health by having a regular check-up.

Here at Allegro Optical, we like to provide all our clients with the very best in eye care. This is why we are constantly investing in new equipment. We like to think we do more than just ‘sight tests’. We use a wide range of state of the art equipment and we’ll take a little longer than most.

Looking a little deeper OCT 3D Eye Scan at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham near Greenfield, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Saddleworth and Uppermill

We have recently invested in a piece of cutting-edge technology. A machine that can help us diagnose potential problems with your eyes much earlier than before. We have invested in a new Spectral Optical Coherence Tomography (3D OCT) machine, to offer state of the art scans to all of our clients. This cutting edge technology, in conjunction with our detailed eye examination, enables us to detect potentially sight-threatening problems much earlier than with conventional equipment.

The 3D OCT is a special machine allows us to scan your eye in great detail.  Allowing us to see tell-tale warning signs of conditions such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Diabetes, Glaucoma, High blood pressure, and much more. Previously, we have used retinal cameras to photograph the visible outer layer of your retina. The 3D OCT produces scans, not unlike an ultrasound examination. We will still take a retinal photograph where possible. But now we can also view all the parts of the eye which would not have been visible to your Optometrist previously.

How do I get a 3D OCT Scan?

When booking an eye test at Allegro Optical in Meltham everyone is offered the option to have a 3D OCT scan. The 3D OCT scanner takes high-resolution images of your eye. These will be kept with your clinical records so that your eye health can be carefully monitored at each visit. At Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham OCT scanner can detect Macula disease

Managing Director Sheryl Doe says, “Our new 3D OCT scanner is one of the most advanced pieces of equipment available to hospitals and opticians. It produces high-quality images allowing us to build up a very detailed picture of your eyes at each check-up. Should the scanner detect anything unusual we would pick this up at the earliest opportunity. Thereby enabling the necessary referrals to be done as quickly as possible.”

For our diabetic clients, the 3D OCT scan is a further check that goes beyond the standard retinal screening provided by some hospitals. As the 3D OCT scanner can look through the layers of the retina. It can detect problems much earlier than retinal photography.

What else can a 3D OCT Scan Show?

Some of our clients would benefit from a scan of their eye blood vessels (angiography). Our new 3D OCT scanner produces high-quality images of the layers of blood vessels and capillaries in the eye. This can be particularly useful for clients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) or Diabetes. In fact, a 3D OCT scan can provide an early warning of AMD and this can help ensure timely treatment is given.

The 3D OCT is a non-invasive machine. Just like the retinal camera, you place your chin on a rest. Your Optometrist will then get you to look at a target where a scan will be taken of your eye in a matter of seconds (50,000 scans per second!) This allows the 3D OCT to map out all your retinal layers and your eyes hidden soft tissue. The results appear instantly and your Optometrist can show you and talk you through all the results.

A 3D OCT examination generally requires no eye-drops and is a completely painless procedure with no puffs of air or bright flashes of light.  But if all this technology sounds a little bit scary, don’t worry. We’ll take the time to answer any questions you may have and to explain why we recommend taking each test.

AMD and Macula Scans

At Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham OCT scanner can detect Macula disease

Examination of the central area of the retina called the macula. This is the most delicate part of the eye and offers the most sensitive vision. With our 3D OCT eye scans, we can now examine macula in 3D and cross-section.

These are most important for:

  • Macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Macular dystrophy
  • Family history of macular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Short-sighted people
  • Any loss of vision
  • In cases of head or eye injuries 
  • Smokers
  • People with unexplained visual problems
  • People with flashes &/or floaters
  • Other retinal or macular disorders e.g. Epiretinal Membrane and macular hole

Optic Nerve Scans

These scans show us the optic disc which connects the eye to the vision processing centres in the brain. The Optic disc is vital for maintaining healthy vision. We can examine the optic disc 3D, cross-section and G-cell mapping (the earliest indicator of glaucoma)

Optic Disc scans are most important for:  Disorders 3D OCT Optic Nerve Scan

  • Glaucoma sufferers
  • People with a family history of glaucoma
  • Anyone with high eye pressures
  • People with neurological conditions e.g. MS
  • Optic nerve disease e.g. optic neuritis
  • Other optic nerve disorders e.g. Optic Disc Drusen
  • People complaining of headaches
  • People with unexpectedly poor vision

Cornea and Anterior Scans

These scans allow us to examine the cornea and measure corneal thickness and clarity, as well as the patency of the eye’s drainage channels.

These are most important for: OCT corneal scanning at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham

  • People who have closed-angle glaucoma
  • People with a family history of glaucoma
  • People with small eyes &/or who are long-sighted
  • People with a history of eye pain &/or headaches associated with blurry vision
  • People with high eye pressures
  • Contact lens wearers
  • Laser eye treatment – pre-surgery and post-surgery

Visual Reference & Measuring

3D OCT eye scans from Allegro Optical Opticians in MelthamWith 3D OCT scans any area of the eye that may appear unusual can be measured and later repeat scans can be lined up with the original so that any changes can be monitored as accurately as possible way.  The scans enable us to differentiate between wet and dry types of macular degeneration, which can help us when making referrals for treatment. Many eye conditions can also be diagnosed with 3D OCT Scans and of course, it can also confirm that all is well and the eye is healthy.

In summary, our new 3D OCT Scanner is very versatile and for the first time allows us to check the health of your eyes beneath the surface of your retina, giving the earliest possible indication of your eye’s health.  We believe this will greatly enhance our ability to look after your eye health and visual system.

To experience the very best in eye care for yourself, simply make an appointment for your eye test with us. You can drop into our practice in Meltham or phone us on 01484 907090 or book online here.  We look forward to welcoming you.

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Dedicated music teacher can now see a bright future thanks to the Musician’s Optician

Music Teacher can now see the music, and so much more thanks to the Musician’s Optician

Music Teacher Gary Collins visited Allegro Optical Optician in Meltham on his doctor’s advice. He was experiencing severe back and neck pain, particularly after playing for any length of time. Gary admitted his vision wasn’t great and Sightreading was becoming a problem.  He was currently using off the shelf reading glasses, but they weren’t ideal. Gary admitted the back pain and neck pain was having a significant impact on his daily life. In fact, he said it was beginning to affect his state of mind. Gary said the pain and discomfort were really getting him down.  It was having a severe impact on his working and social life. We carried out a full sight test and found Gary to have a pronounced astigmatism and following a referral, for further investigation, Keratoconus was diagnosed. Specialist eye care for musicians and performers at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham

Keratoconus and posture

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and gradually develops into a cone-like shape. This cone-shaped cornea deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing distorted and blurred vision.  Keratoconus is the most common dystrophy of the cornea and it affects around one person in a thousand. However, some reports indicate a prevalence as high as 1 in 500 individuals.  is typically diagnosed in the mid to late teens and reaches its most severe state in the twenties and thirties, but in Gary’s case, early diagnosis had been missed as he hadn’t had an eye test for some 15 years. A condition such as Keratoconus can cause the musician a great many problems. Particularly when seeing the music and for any concentrated prolonged work. Gary had developed a habit of tilting his head, known as ocular torticollis, to try to gain some clarity. This, however, was leading to severe neck and back pain. Keratoconus contact lenses RGP and specialist eye care from Alllegro Optical, the musicians optician in Meltham Uncorrected or undercorrected eye disorders, such as Keratoconus and astigmatism, can cause a pronounced head tilt as the sufferer tries fixating the eye. This induced head tilt offsets the refractive error giving better clarity but can cause a myriad of postural problems, particularly among musicians. The usual course of treatment for patients with mild Keratoconus may initially be corrected with glasses or soft contact lenses, however, the vast majority of patients need rigid contact lenses for adequate vision correction and Gary was no exception.


We fitted Gary with Rigid Rose K2 keratoconus contact lenses, which are a common correction for patients such as Gary. These lenses have a multi-spherical posterior design with aberration control aspheric optics distributed across the back and front surface of the lenses. However, this still wasn’t perfect for Gary who when teaching was displaying the early signs of presbyopia creeping in. We measured all the required working distances Gary uses. As a result, we dispensed hybrid spectacle lenses into a full frame for when he is teaching and playing. This gives Gary a clear working distance from 30 centimetres to 6 meters, with a much wider field of view than any varifocals or occupational lenses. The new spectacle lenses allow Gary to see up to three sheets of music on his stand and give him a clear view of his classroom. Gary also has a pair of spectacles to correct his vision when he isn’t wearing his contact lenses and giving his cornea a rest, as he also suffers from dry eye disease, which isn’t unusual with Keratoconus. Gary collected his new glasses and contact lenses and said “The new contact lenses and both pairs of glasses supplied by you are amazing and they have changed my life. My back and neck pain has reduced significantly and my quality of life has improved immensely. Now I can drive, teach and read music. I can see around the classroom with ease and my confidence and self-esteem have improved greatly. I now can't imagine living my life without my contact lenses and glasses. Thank You so much.” Gary collected his new glasses and contact lenses and said; The new contact lenses and both pairs of glasses supplied by you are amazing and they have changed my life. My back and neck pain has reduced significantly and my quality of life has improved immensely.  Now I can drive, teach and read music. I can see around the classroom with ease and my confidence and self-esteem have improved greatly. I now can’t imagine living my life without my contact lenses and glasses. Thank You so much.

Why Allegro Optical?

Many Musicians who experience focusing problems are unaware that there is a solution to the problem. Many like Gary carry on adapting to their worsening eye condition by altering their posture. Often they begin to suffer pain and discomfort. Over time, slumped or hunched posture can create a lag between the eyes seeing an object and the brain interpreting the image of the object, and the body responding to the object. In fact, poor posture caused by deteriorating vision can result in many health issues. Including slowed circulation, shallow breathing, and a further reduction in vision quality. Squinting, leaning forward, or tilting of the head into an unnatural position to see more clearly can create muscle tightness in the shoulders, neck, and head. Over time, this maladjustment can decrease blood flow causing numbness and muscle strength issues. At Allegro Optical we understand the many visual requirements placed on different musicians. With an understanding of the playing and seating positions of professional and amateur musicians, we can prescribe and dispense a variety of optical corrections to suit their needs. We create a spectacle or contact lens design especially for the client to provide a perfect optical solution. As a result, the musicians’ working and playing life can easily be improved. In many cases it can also be extended due to the improvement that this solution provides. Conclusion This case study has illustrated the variety of dispensing challenges that practitioners may face when a musician presents in practice and the individual needs required to be taken into account.

About the authors

Sheryl Doe BSc (Hons), FBDO, is a dispensing optician who specialises in the optical correction of musicians, presenters and performers. She is the MD and proprietor of Allegro Optical, independent opticians providing bespoke optical solutions to musicians and performers.
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The Musician’s optician goes on the road

It’s been a busy week on the road for Allegro Optical, Meltham’s musician’s optician.

We have had a very busy and varied start to September. On Tuesday last week, we took Allegro on the road, firstly to The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester when we attended the Music Mark North West area conference. We took our roadshow to the event to help educate music teachers about the very unique visual needs of musicians and performers and how Allegro Optical can help. We were overwhelmed by the response we received, with teachers and educators from across the region wanting to know more. Allegro Optical Opticians from Meltham takes their musicians roadshow to The Royal Northern College of music with Stephen Tighe Gerrard Booth of Oldham music services

Vision and Music

Poor or reduced vision among musicians can lead to poor posture which impacts on performance and in turn on performance confidence. This frequently leads to musicians retiring early. As one musician said recently  “Uncertainty with your vision is just as serious as a mechanical failure with your instrument. That moment of indecision increases performance pressure, leads to mistakes and stops you from giving your best”. Decreasing visual acuity can lead to poor posture which increases the risk of the musician going on to develop from musculoskeletal disorders. This is particularly noticeable among over the over 40 age group although we do see younger performers with recently diagnosed degenerative eye conditions who fear for the loss of a career or hobby they love.

The British Open

Allegro Optical the musicians optician with Abi and Sheryl at Symphony hall 2018   The next port of call was the British Brass Band Open Championships in Symphony Hall Birmingham. Time to meet lots of new faces and catch up with some old ones. We made plenty of new contacts and Abi seemed to enjoy meeting the bandsmen and women. Allegro Optical Opticians from Meltham takes their musicians roadshow to The British Brass Band Open in Symphony Hall with Stephen Tighe Gerrard Booth of Oldham music services  Steve our MD caught up with some old mates from the brass band world who were very kind in their remarks in relation to his health scare last year. He also got a lovely surprise visit from his old mate Tommy Burns from his army days. Over 36 years ago Tommy was a Clarinetist. He served with Steve in the Regimental Band of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.  It was lovely for me to meet him and hear the two of them share some memories and reminiscences of their youth.


We send our congratulations to the Cory Band on a well-deserved win. Also to our old friend Vincent Bearpark, Principal Cornet with  Valaisia Brass Band. Angelo Bearpark needed help with sight reading Congratulations for winning the Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy. (His father is a client of ours and a friend and originates from Saddleworth before he moved to Switzerland). Local trombonist and friend of Allegro Optical, Adrian Bird from Marsden. Adrian plays with Leyland Band where he sits in the seat our Steve occupied in the 80’s on Bass Trombone. They came in with a very respectable 6th place. So we are delighted to send them all our congratulations on a job well done. Adrian Bird of Leyland band gets his glasses from Allegro Optical the musicians optician in Meltham   There are lots of new and exciting things coming in the next few weeks. So watch this space for more about Allegro Optical, “The Musician’s Optician”.
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Allegro MD takes on the MD role at Kippax Band

Stephen Tighe is the new man in the middle

Allegro Optical’s joint Managing Director, Mr Stephen Tighe, is a very busy man. Not content with his ever increasing role within Allegro Optical Ltd, Stephen has taken the helm at the Leeds based Kippax Band, as their new Music Director. Stephen Tighe MD Kippax brass band allegro optical britains first bapam registered opticians specialists in eyecare for musicians and performers in meltham huddersfield holmfirth Saddleworth Oxford London Having performed with some of the country’s top brass bands as both a Trombonist, Arranger, Composer, Music Adjudicator and MD, he is very well known and respected within the brass banding world.   Band Chairman Colin Moss commented: “It was clear from Stephen’s astute observation that he was clear about the work needed for the band to achieve success. We believe his experience shows that he has the musical calibre to take us there. We are all looking forward to working with him.” Stephen was a key team member in setting up Allegro Optical Ltd (The Musician’s Opticians). However, within just four months of opening the doors of the new Meltham practice, he was taken seriously ill.  Following complications of a routine operation, Stephen spent three months in hospital. He returned to the business on a part-time basis in April of this year and has now resumed his full-time role. Stephen Tighe MD Kippax brass band allegro optical britains first bapam registered opticians specialists in eyecare for musicians and performers in meltham huddersfield holmfirth Saddleworth Oxford London Stephen said “It was a bit of a last minute decision to apply for the role at Kippax, but I’m delighted to accept the challenge. I feel refreshed and ready to work hard to re-establish the band’s credentials. I have more free time now than I previously had and I will be trying out some new ideas in concert work”. Stephen will take up the baton at the Yorkshire Second Section band from September and his role is to help return one of the world’s oldest brass bands back to success into 2019 and beyond. The announcement was made on 4BarsRest earlier this week. Read more at  
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Cellist Now Has Sharp Vision And Fewer Blurred Notes

Nicky was looking for help to see the music

Freelance Cellist and Pianist Nicky Woods from Harrogate became aware that the music on her stand wasn’t as sharp as it could be. Thanks to the recommendations from colleagues Fiona Mayo, Gillian Charters and Cherry Bratkowski Nicky discovered  Allegro Optical Opticians. Fiona suggested that she should contact us as we are specialist musicians’ opticians. Nicky has a very high myopic prescription and she is a long-term varifocal wearer. Like many of the musicians, Nicky was finding the middle distance area of her current varifocal lenses very restrictive. Particularly at the distance of her music stand. Nicky was wearing very good high index varifocal lenses by Zeiss, a well-respected lens manufacturer. Unfortunately, these lenses still didn’t provide a wide enough field of view at the distances she required.


When the music isn’t clear

As is the case for many musicians, they often use a music stand off centre and to one side. The need to be able to read the music at an angle. When wearing varifocal lenses this can become challenging as they are designed to give clear vision while looking straight ahead.

Due to Nicky’s very high prescription, her lenses will always carry a higher than average amount of distortion. So dispensing even freeform design lenses would not have sufficed. We dispensed Nicky with a pair of high index freeform varifocal lenses for daily use and a second pair of our “performers” lenses with a much wider field of view at the music stand distance. The new lens design gives her a wide central field and much clearer vision to her left and right. The new lenses provide a clear view of the conductor and sharp focus of her music on the stand, she also has sufficient clear vision to notate the manuscript when needed.

A high-performance solution for a high prescription

We took into account Nicky’s seating and playing position and the offset position of the music stand allowing her to play the Cello and Piano with ease. Then we dispensed a plotted “performers” lens designed to take into account all Nicky’s working distances. We also measured and plotted the area and angle of her visual field at each distance. Once that was complete we adapted the music stand distance to give her as wide a field of view at the music stand distance to enable her to see two full pages of sheet music, thus making it easier to concentrate on playing rather than seeing.

Nicky took to her new music lenses almost straight away, really noticing the wider field of view and the enhanced playing comfort. Nicky saidit’s brilliant to be able, finally, to concentrate on playing the music rather than worrying about seeing it – or not seeing it!.”


Musicians can present a great many dispensing challenges. Mainly because of their varied working distances and strict seating positions. As musicians ourselves, we’re able to ask the musicians the right questions, and interpret their answers. Using our combined optical and musical skills we can address and resolve the many visual problems encountered by mature musicians.

As a specialist optical team we are able to produce individual solutions to suit many musicians and performers needs. This service is not available anywhere else and we approach the problem in a completely different way, looking at it from the musician’s perspective.

A unique approach

Our unique lens designs enable us to solve musicians and performers unique visual problems. We have built up a considerable following of performing arts professionals as a result.

It’s been less than twelve months since we opened our brand new practice in Meltham and we’re already getting noticed. Allegro Optical Opticians has been shortlisted numerous awards including; the Yorkshire and Humberside Federation of Small Businesses, Celebrating Small Business Awards, for the Start-up Business of the Year category. Our Co-founder and Dispensing Optician Sheryl Doe has also been named as a finalist in this year’s Optician Awards, Dispensing Optician of the year award. She also won the National Best New Business, Entrepreneur of the year award.

Allegro Optical, the musician's optician in Meltham near Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Saddleworth

Allegro Optical are a BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) registered practitioner we are passionate about helping to correct the specific visual problems faced by musicians and performers. Providing a range of tailor-made solutions and services including on-site vision assessments. Using specialist optical technology for those affected by reduced visual clarity. The team have built up a broad client base, from professional classical musicians to members of well-known brass bands and many keen amateurs. We have also helped music teachers, performers, TV presenters and many keen amateur musicians of all genres. We love helping musicians to see their music again and extending their playing careers.

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It’s a UK first for Allegro

We’re Britain’s very first BAPAM registered Optical Practice

We are delighted to announce that we have become the UK’s first and only BAPAM (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine) registered optical practitioner. Allegro Optical, the musician's optician in Meltham near Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Saddleworth BAPAM is a healthcare organisation providing medical advice to people working and studying in the performing arts. The organisation helps performers overcome (and preferably avoid) work-related health problems, and are dedicated to sharing knowledge about healthy practice. (BAPAM) maintain a Directory of practitioners with expertise in performing arts healthcare. Allegro Optical in Meltham is the first opticians in the UK to be accepted onto the register thanks to their specialism in this field. Practitioners listed on the Directory are appropriately insured, qualified and attend specialist training events to maintain their listing.

Taking the music world by storm

We have seen rapid growth since opening our new opticians’ practice in Meltham in March 2018. Having taken the music world by storm with our unique approach to performers eye care, we are now working closely with musicians from some of the major national and international orchestras.  Including, The Halle orchestra in Manchester, The English National Ballet Orchestra and the Dublin RTE concert orchestra. As  (BAPAM) practitioners performers can rest assured that all Allegro Optical’s professional team are expert clinicians and fully understand the demands of a performing arts career. They can give full advice about performer’s visual problems including playing-related optical injuries, pain, tension, hypermobility, performance anxiety and stress resulting from reduced vision. With our unique range of lenses developed by ourselves and one of the UK’s leading optical laboratories, we are able to find a solution to most performers vision problems. Allegro Optical in Meltham, the musician's opticians specialist eyecare for performers

A Specialist Musician’s Optician

At Allegro Optical we provide consultations at our practice in Meltham. We also have a peripatetic clinic which can visit all the major musical institutions providing onsite optical solutions to all ensemble members. As musicians ourselves, we’re able to ask the right questions and interpret the answers to create a truly unique pair of lenses. Using our combined optical and musical skills we are able to address and resolve the many visual problems encountered by musicians and performers. Allegro Optical specialises in all aspects of musician’s vision correction to return and enhance musicians playing pleasure and performance experience.  The team has over 150 combined years’ experience in the optics and entertainment industry. Whether you want advice or a practical solution call Allegro Optical on 01484 907090 or visit  
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Now Allegro Optical have a good excuse to eat chocolate

It doesn’t take much of an excuse for the team at Allegro Optical to start eating chocolate

So when we discovered that it also has eye health benefits it was even better. Because dark chocolate has a higher proportion of cocoa it has a lot of the health benefits. OK dark chocolate is still high in sugar and fat.  However eaten in moderation it provides a healthy source of iron, copper, magnesium, fibre, zinc, manganese, and selenium. Cocoa delivers antioxidants, flavonoids and flavones aplenty.

Choosing a dark chocolate with at least 70-80% cocoa is by far the best option, and it provides many eye health benefits.

Improved Vision

Studies have shown that some young adults who eat dark chocolate had enhanced visual performance. Some believe that the cocoa in dark chocolate may increase blood flow to the brain and retina. In turn, improving the motion detection and the capability to see letters of low contrast.

Optic Nerve

Dark chocolate is a healthy source of copper and has been found to help prevent optic nerve damage. The human body only needs to intake a small amount of copper each day. A small serving of dark chocolate contains over half of the recommended daily allowance of copper.


The flavonoids found in dark chocolate can help lower oxidative stress, protecting the eyes optic nerve from damage and in turn sight loss.


Macular degeneration can have devastating effects on vision and it is the main cause of loss of vision in adults over the age of 60. Vitamin A can help protect against macular degeneration. As luck would have it dark chocolate contains levels of Vitamin A due to the cocoa.


Holme Valley Lions

As its that time of year again at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham we are raffling a huge Easter Egg specifically for the Kirkwood Hospice on behalf of the Holme Valley Lions. So pop in and have a go for £1 to win a huge Thorntons Easter egg and support this wonderful cause. There were 59 numbers to select from, although they are going fast.  The winner of the egg will be the Lotto Bonus Ball drawn 31st March. The winner then just needs to pick up their egg and enjoy all the benefits of eating chocolate without the guilt.

So don’t feel guilty this Easter because chocolate really is good for you.


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Optician’s looking back on a fantastic first year. Thank you Meltham

It’s our birthday on Sunday so we’re looking back on a fantastic first year in Meltham for our opticians practice

A year on and so much has happened. We now have a busy vibrant practice and as many of you will know we’re finalists for the national Optician Awards.

This time last year we said “We’re all ready for our big opening on Saturday. It’s been a heck of a journey and thank you to everyone who has helped”.

In the space of a year, we have achieved so much. Amazingly we’ve received a magnificent 45 testimonials/Thank you letters and cards.  We’ve been shortlisted for 3 awards and so far we’ve won one, which is the Eaton Smith Business of the month award, this puts us in with a chance to win their very prestigious Business of the year award in July.

Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham finalists in the FSB Awards

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Allegro Optical are winners of the Eaton Smith BOTM

Sheryl and Steve attended an awards presentation and were delighted with their certificate and bag of goodies.

Receiving the Eaton Smith Business of the Month award

A year of growth

Just twelve months ago we opened to the sound of a brass band and we gathered quite a crowd.

Diggle B play outside Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham

Opening Day inside at Allegro Optical Opticians in MelthamOpening Day with a crowd outside Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham

We started off with just three staff members, Josie Dawson, Sheryl Doe and Stephen Haigh, but now we have grown to ten, and what a fabulous bunch of people they are. Optometrist Sara Ackroyd joined the team in September and Optometrist Claire Wightman Joined us in October, we also now have dispensing Optician Abigayle Doe, e-commerce manager Xanthe Doe. Bubbly Jill Barrowclough joined us in July and Sean joined the team in August. Now Stephen Tighe is recovering from his life-threatening illness, he is back to work one or two days a week, and we are so pleased to have him back.

Allegro Opticians Christmas do in Meltham

We have been the subject of ten newspaper articles, all of them good. We have had a balloon reach Austria, and forged new friendships in Europe as a result.

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A real local optician

We have supported so many charities and raised money for all of them, we’ve joined the Holme Valley Lions to help local community groups.

Allegro Optical, Sheryl with the Lions at MorrisonsAllegro Optical Opticians are the co founders of Meltham Business Association

We have joined the Meltham Scarecrow Festival committee and we’re working hard to give Meltham it’s best Scarecrow Festival yet. Allegro Optical is also a founding member of Meltham Business Association, always working for the village we love. Meltham!

In the last twelve months, a pair of Bananas has visited the practice to take tea, thanks to our friends at Holme Valley Fairtrade Association.

Bananas take tea at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham with Holme Valley Fairtrade Association

We’ve been on the radio

Allegro Optical on Penistonefm radio

and television

Allegro Optical Opticians on Kirklees TV with Niamh and Liz Hey

Sheryl Doe on Business Daily


See the music

We have helped so many musicians see the music, it’s been a real privilege to help so many talented people. With musicians from so many different genres beating a path to our door, we have clients from all over the UK and Europe.

Markus Van Horn buys his glasses at Allegro Optical OpticiansMichele Hickie - Bassoonist at Allegro Optical The Musicians Optician

But best of all, we have meet hundreds of lovely new customers. Many of whom are now firm friends.

So for award-winning eyecare you can trust, Allegro Optical is a must. Follow the crowd for professional and affordable eyecare to Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham.  Call01484 907090 to book your appointment.


CV Graphics Has An Eye For Detail

When Image Is Everything

When your business is based on creating the very best image for your customers’ staff eye care is very important. Based in Fenay Bridge CV Graphics has been one of Huddersfield’s leading Specialist graphics, graphic design, sign manufacturer, vehicle graphics and large format printer for over 20  years.

CV Graphics corporate eye care by Allegro Optical in HuddersfieldWith a specialist team who can provide clients with some outstanding graphics and display solutions CV Graphics employee’s eye health is important to them. With clients as diverse as Breitling, Ice Valley, and recently promoted Huddersfield Town football club, CV Graphics team need an eye for detail.

When it comes to the regulations and legal requirements of employee eyecare confusion often reigns. There are subtle differences in requirements according to an employee’s job role. These can sow doubt in the minds of employers about whether or not an eye test is required and exactly who should arrange them.

Staff operating a visual display unit (VDU) or display screen equipment (DSE) will have slightly different visual needs to those who drive on company business or those who operate equipment or machinery. However, there are several overriding rules that all employers should keep in mind.

Does an employer have a responsibility to offer eye tests to all employees?

In short, no they don’t.

Employees who operate VDUs/DSE bear the burden of the responsibility and it is up to them to request an appropriate eyesight test from their employer. Employers are not legally obliged to offer eye tests as a matter of course.

However, the employer is obliged to provide an appropriate eye and eyesight test by a qualified optometrist under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992. This applies only to ‘users’ of VDU/DSE, as defined as an employee who habitually uses VDU/DSE as a significant part of their normal working day. Specifically, if the employee uses VDU/DSE continuously for periods of an hour or more on most days worked.

It is also important to note that employers are not permitted to refuse to provide a test on the grounds that a new recruit has already had one provided in any previous period of employment.

CV Graphics, are focused on employee welfare

CV Graphics turned to Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham to provide their employee Ruth with her bi-annual eye test. Ruth works in the accounts department in CV Graphics premises in Fenay Bridge, just outside Huddersfield. Due to her role Ruth spends a significant part of her day using DSE. The possible risks Ruth is exposed to associated with VDU/DSE can lead to musculoskeletal problems,  visual fatigue and stress. Ruth visited Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham and received a thorough eye examination including tonometry, fundus photography, fields screening and an extensive refraction and eye examination.

The examination found that Ruth needed glasses specifically for DSE work, however, she also needed them to see across the room as she also looks after the reception area. Ruth opted for a pair of our occupational lenses, allowing her to see her DSE clearly while maintaining a clear view of the reception desk and her surroundings. Ruth said Immediately on arrival I was made to feel very welcome by all the staff they were very friendly and made you feel at ease straight away. The eye test conducted was very thorough and afterwards, I was very confident that they had done their utmost to check my eyesight health and answer any questions that I had, nothing was too much trouble. Afterwards, I spent quite a long time selecting my new glasses there was a huge range to choose from and I felt Sheryl was really helpful and assisted in my choice. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience and I did not feel hurried or rushed at all, everyone spent time making sure I was happy. I will definitely be recommending Allegro to my friends and family and anyone who is anxious about having their eyes checked as there is nothing to worry about you are in good hands.”  

Corporate optical solutions for all

Corporate eyecare schemes such as those offered by Allegro Optical Opticians offer a good option for companies like CV Graphics who are looking to take a proactive approach to their employee’s eyecare and wellbeing. These schemes are usually popular with employees and require only a relatively modest outlay, allowing companies to reduce the cost of individual eye tests. They can be pre-paid, with the employer purchasing vouchers for eye tests and receive a refund for any that are not used, or they can be provided by way of an on-site clinic, screening most of the workforce in one go, minimising time away from the workstation.

Where tests show that a user needs glasses specifically for DSE work, employers are obliged to pay the cost of a basic frame and the prescribed lenses. If the user chooses a more expensive frame, the employer is not obliged to pay for it but may opt to contribute a portion equal to the cost of the basic product.

Under the current regulations, employers are not obliged to pay for an employee’s “ordinary” spectacles that are used to aid general vision. If an employee who already wears glasses is prescribed corrective lenses for DSE work, then the employer only needs to pay for the DSE-specific spectacles.

So we ask again, does an employer need to provide regular eye tests?

Only if these are required as a result of DSE work.

Employees are entitled by law to request further eye tests at regular intervals if DSE work is considered to cause them visual fatigue.

It is generally recommended that most people should get their eyes tested every two years but the frequency should be determined by clinical judgment and may depend on an individual’s age and state of vision.