Christmas – It’s the most wonderful time of year

But don’t overlook your eye health

It’s the most wonderful time of year, or so the song goes. There’ll be parties for hosting marshmallows for toasting, and carolling out in the snow. We celebrate the holiday season with parties, music and an abundance of food and drink. But this time of year comes with some risks, not just to our waistline but also to our eyes. This festive season the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is highlighting the risks of a range of ‘makeup mistakes’ with posts across social media.* Recent research undertaken by ABDO has found that a surprising 44% of women have left their eye makeup on overnight at least once, whilst 28% of those surveyed use eye make-up that is out of date. It also revealed that 27% don’t clean their make-up application brushes regularly enough.

A good routine

Did you know that not removing your eye makeup daily with a specific eye makeup remover, and or failing to regularly clean any application brushes you use will increase the risk of a bacterial eye infection? This is also true for if you don’t replace your makeup as often as is recommended on the packaging. The research found that as many as 11% of women in the UK are at risk of damaging their eyes by applying eyeliner to the inside of their lashes.  The eyelid margins are the location of many important glands with the job of contributing oils to the tear layer. For this reason, ABDO recommends that make-up should not be applied inside the lash line. By leaving this area clear you will optimise your tear film and avoid recurrent dryness. With brow and Lash treatments growing in popularity they were surprised to find that only 15% of women know how to check if a treatment provider is correctly licensed and certified to provide their services and an amazing 86% would still go for treatment even if they were not fully licenced.

When things go wrong

The research found that less than half of the women surveyed (43%) would see an optician if they were experiencing any discomfort in their eyes. In a UK wide press-release, ABDO urged anyone with any eye care concerns to seek assistance from their optician. In many areas across the UK, you can now access eye care and treatment from your optician on the NHS under the Primary Care Eye Assessment and Referral Service PEARS. So this festive season make your optician your first port of call for any eye problems. Allegro Optical is an accredited Opticians participating in the PEARS Scheme. We provide a free eye care service for people with minor eye conditions. If you need advice or treatment for a recent eye condition contact us on 01484 907090 or visit   Allegro Optical Opticians-Christmas-Makeup-Infographic Christmas 2018

Eyesight and the digital age

Amy’s eyes are now fit for the digital age and the great outdoors

From team building days with outdoor activities to first aid training and hill skills, Splat Training do the lot. Surrounded by beautiful countryside who could ask for a better workplace? Splat Training provides team building activities including herding sheep, and sampling Yorkshire ales. They also run courses on-hill skills for those who would like to learn or develop their map reading and navigation skills along with interesting training course on leading guided walks.

A Allegro Optical Map Reading Glasses Hill Skills courses Splat Training

Splat Training is the brainchild of founder Amy Gault, a qualified teacher from Todmorden. SPLAT training provides a range first aid training from First Aid at Work to Emergency First Aid in the Workplace to Paediatric First Aid and Parent and Child First Aid. However, SPLAT also offers Team building experiences, Hill Walker’s Navigation training and Schools events. The inspiration for these wide-ranging services grew from nearly 20 years’ experience in the outdoor industry; combing her teaching qualifications and her beautiful farm based classroom location at Staups Lea Farm. Hill walking and climbing have been a lifelong passion of Amy’s, and she has been an outdoor pursuits instructor since 2000.

While the great outdoors is Amy’s place of work, running a business requires a certain amount of paperwork. Whether we entrepreneurs like it or not we have to spend a fair proportion of our working week tackling the figures and balancing the books. While many entrepreneurs see the paperwork as tedious, this was certainly becoming the case for Amy as she struggled with her deteriorating vision. Amy had used reading glasses for some time, but these no longer provided a sufficient correction for the computer and written work. Seeking a satisfactory solution Amy contacted us at Allegro Optical and travelled to Meltham for an eye examination and sight test.


Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham are members of BNI Networking

We found Amy’s eyes to be perfectly healthy and her deteriorating vision was caused by ongoing presbyopia. Presbyopia is a form of long-sightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens of the eye. This condition occurs typically in middle age, but as we move into the digital age we often see it occurring from the early thirties. As we use more and different digital devices we are seeing presbyopia present in clients much earlier. This observation is supported by many optical professionals “Presbyopia or loss of the accommodating power of the lens, which mostly happened around the age of 40, has started occurring quite early among the people. Excess use of mobile phones causing it early by making the eye lens harder and making it lose elasticity. The result is a gradual worsening of the ability to focus on objects up close,” said Mahipal Sachdev, Chairman of Centre for Sight (CFS)*. According to the World Health Organisation, more than a billion people in the world were presbyopic as of 2005, while the number had doubled in 2015.

We dispensed Amy with a pair of i-focus plus Freeform Digital Single Vision lenses by Lenstec which combine ergonomics and aesthetics providing the very best optical performance available and provide a little extra magnification to the lower third of the lens. Each lens is unique and takes into account the wearers prescription, pupil position and the 3D shape of the selected frame. By providing Amy with clear vision when using her desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone and paperwork. This adaptable clear vision gives Amy a perfect visual solution adapted to her individual needs.

Amy of Splat Training uses Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham and Greenfield

These lenses are normally used as single vision lenses providing increased performance at work with slight reading support. On this occasion, we dispensed these lenses with Amy’s computer or intermediate prescription in the top of the lenses and used the power boost in the lower section of the lens to help with closer work. This approach gave Amy a useable correction at all her working distances, helping with that all important administration.

Amy can see the world…and the map

When asked about her new glasses Amy Said “And don’t forget the map reading – It’s easy to get lost when you can’t see the map, now I can read the map and see the world at the same time, it’s a joy. Service was wonderful too, Thank you Allegro”

With the digital world rapidly expanding beyond the desktop computer and around 32% of the population in the age range of 35–50 years spending an average of 9 hours on digital devices each day, it’s not surprising that more and more thirty-somethings are reporting symptoms of digital eye strain and showing signs of presbyopia*.

We know that not everyone wants to move into varifocals but find that reading glasses are no longer working at all the different working distances they need. If you are finding using digital devices and reading small print challenging give us a call on 01484 907090.



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Specialist lenses are our speciality

Hobbies often require specific equipment, even glasses

At Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham, we like to think a little “Out of the box”. We know that a “one size fits all” approach often fails to produce an optical solution that performs well at all distances. It is very rare for one pair of spectacles to provide adequate performance for all the demands of today’s busy lifestyles. Particularly for the over 50s. We see clients every day wanting specialist lenses. Mostly they want musician’s spectacles to help them with their profession or hobby. But recently we have seen an increase in Hobbyists attending our practice, wanting an optical solution when crafting.

In fact, many of our staff are very “crafty.” 

Our Optometrist, Claire is an avid crafter, enjoying hobbies such as knitting and card making. Receptionists Josie and Jill both enjoy a spot of crafting with Josie producing some amazing quilts and applique, while Jill creates some fabulous chocolate creations and is a creative mind behind the amazing window displays in Meltham. So needless to say our team really do understand the visual requirements of the crafter. A crafty Solution Recently we were visited by a lovely lady Diane Whitehouse, she enjoys paper crafting,  cardmaking and more recently painting. In fact, she is showing her work in her first exhibition experience during November and December. The exhibition will be in Hebden Bridge at the Xpresso Arts Studio Annual Show. The exhibition is being held at the Hebden Bridge Visitors Centre from 1st November to 31st December. Diane WHitehouse is exhibiting her work at the Xpresso Arts Studio Annual Show Although an experienced varifocal wearer, Diane was finding that her varifocal lenses didn’t provide a large enough area for her crafting. She was struggling to focus at the distances her hobbies required for any length of time. As a result, Diane had cut back on it. The more time spent working at mid-distance, the more risks of developing eyestrain and other symptoms similar to those of computer vision syndrome. That’s because while crafting, the eyes remain focused and perfectly aligned at a specific distance for long periods of time. Tiring the eyes much more quickly than reading a magazine or newspaper. Paper, Scissors, Specs Diane explained her vision issues to Claire and she recommended some spectacles designed specifically for intermediate and close-up distances. Frequently referred to as computer or office lenses. Occupational or vocational lenses give the best correction for the distances associated with crafting and many hobbies. Diane Whitehouse will be exhibiting at the Xpresso Arts Studio Annual Show in Hebden Bridge visitors centre Diane took to her new lenses straight away. She found the wider area provided by them to be ideal for her hobbies. She said “Thank you for introducing me to Vocational Lenses. As you know I do a lot of paper crafting, cards and the like. Having a separate pair of glasses with Vocational Lenses has helped enormously with this hobby. Indeed with any close and short distance work. So much so that I have expanded my interests into painting and have my first exhibition exposure in Hebden Bridge in November. Thank you for helping me cope with this new interest which gives me so much pleasure.” The team at Allegro Optical know all about speciality eyewear — spectacle lenses designed specifically for certain tasks — You could say it’s our speciality!  So if you’re struggling with certain tasks and your varifocals aren’t quite suitable for the job in hand give us a call on 01484 907090 and chat to one of our team.