Categories
About Allegro

Janet’s Spectacular eyewear styling journey

From Boring Binns to Glorious Glasses 

We recognise that selecting new glasses is a pain for most individuals. In most other circumstances, you’re left to “self-select” your eyewear from a dizzying assortment of potentially thousands of options. This merely increases your chances of selecting the incorrect frame! Now combine the new spectacle frame dilemma with a very strong prescription and you have a recipe for disaster.

It was in early May that Janet approached us having heard about the Allegro Optical Eyewear Styling approach to choosing new glasses. Having purchased new glasses a few months earlier from a local competitor Janet was disappointed with her appearance in the glasses. Her lens thickness and her quality of vision correction. 

At Allegro Optical, we provide a more refined method of purchasing eyewear. Our Eyewear Styling Consultation enables our registered dispensing opticians to help our clients select new glasses. It is intended to alleviate the frustrations and inconveniences that come with selecting new glasses. Our individual approach saves clients considerable time and effort. It also eliminates the random and often disorderly approach to selecting new glasses. It will make the entire purchasing experience more pleasurable and gratifying. Eyewear styling clients receive expert guidance and recommendations to suit their personality, colouring, face shape and visual needs.

Time to show Janet’s true colours

After a few minutes of discussion with Janet, we were able to get to know her style preferences and attitude to colour. We then analysed Janet’s colouring and facial features, took some facial measurements and discussed her lens preferences. Our aim is to provide clients with a calm and pleasurable experience. We help them to enjoy the process of trying on frames from our hand-curated range of eyewear. Clients can also enjoy either a great pot of tea or a cafetière of fresh coffee. Alternatively, a glass of wine or Prosecco may be more your style.

Having spent some time with Janet, we discovered that she has a creative and natural styling personality and favours a cool colour palette. Janet has quite angular features, fabulous cheekbones and beautifully arched brows which we wanted to accentuate. 

We selected six frames of the correct size for Janet to choose from, she settled on the very first one we showed her, a stunning frame by Oliver Goldsmith. A beautiful medium grey tortoise acetate with a very subtle cat-eye shape, the frame has a polished Italian acetate front, with brushed steel sides and matching temple tips.

Outside Prescriptions Welcome

Janet brought her prescription from her previous optician with her. Our Optometrist, Sara Ackroyd, checked the notated powers then we set about choosing Janet’s lenses. Janet is amblyopic, in other words, she has what is often referred to as a lazy eye and she has a very strong prescription. We settled on the thinnest possible resin lenses, choosing a 1.74 index with lenticularisation to thin the edges. 1.74 index resins are ultra-high index lens materials that are used to make lenses that are extremely thin. Perfect for Janet prescription. As Janet has quite an active lifestyle she wanted Transition lenses and favoured the grey colour change as it complimented her frames.  

On closer inspection

As Janet’s prescription is so strong she prefers to have separate glasses for reading and distance. For her reading glasses, she chose a beautiful frame by the bold Dutch manufacturer Outspoken, opting for the Outspoken OA2021. We glazed this frame with a 1.67 resin, again using lenticularisation to thin the edges. The 1.67 index lens material provides a perfect base for thinner lenses and has strong impact resistance. Again, Janet opted for a grey Transitions 8 coating so that she can enjoy reading in the sun. 

Having joined “Eyeplan” (our eye care scheme), Janet is safe in the knowledge that she has fully insured her glasses against accidental damage. The scheme also gives her unlimited eye care, whenever she needs it and preferential rates on all purchases. So it was no surprise that after collecting her first pair of glasses Janet decided to purchase some sunglasses.

Time for some fun in the sun

Janet was delighted with her reading glasses, her lens thickness and her quality of vision in them. She was so pleased, she decided to order some prescription sunglasses and settled on two pairs of Aspinal of London. Janet chose the Palmero Sunglass in two colours, the Opal and the Mink. 

While the design of these frames was inspired by the 1960s Italian glitterati culture, they still feature some contemporary elements. For a delicate designer touch, each piece is lightly decorated with Aspinal of London’s identifiable logo and branding, making these frames instantly recognisable. 

Janet opted for a very dark tinted, high index lens, with a dual surface anti-reflection coating. This helps to reduce glare and give a better cosmetic appearance. Sometimes high prescription lenses can appear to be quite thick and heavy.

Not wanting a spectacle

Now that Janet has a fantastic spectacle wardrobe, she is all set for any occasion. That said, she still wanted contact lenses for occasional use, for those moments when wearing glasses isn’t practical. Janet preferred Acuvue Oasys 1 Day Lenses as they give her the flexibility to wear them just occasionally. These lenses have a good expiry date, allowing her to keep a box for when she wants them without committing to a regular supply. Although she does have the option to have regular deliveries of just 30 pairs to her home address every three months if she wishes.

A word from the lady herself

Now Janet has a fabulous spectacle wardrobe and is enjoying her eyewear once again. We asked Janet how she felt about her eyewear styling journey with Allegro Optical. Her response was as follows;

“Too often I have felt a sense of ‘making-do’ with frames that simply fit my prescription to avoid thick lenses, with little attention to whether they suit my face or indeed have any style or flair to them. In contrast, I am delighted with my spectacles from Allegro, as encouraged by Sheryl I chose some beautifully stylish, up-to-date frames that make me look younger and feel brighter when I see my reflection in a mirror. The attention to detail in lenses so thinned-down and neatly fitted is exceptional, and the customer care has felt personal and entirely tailored to my individual needs. What more can I say? I highly recommend Allegro Opticians and am delighted to have found a local optician that I can rely on.”

Love your eyewear

Because we wear our glasses all day and rely on them to see correctly, comfort, style and function are equally important parts of the overall glass-wearing experience. It can also make choosing the right pair of glasses seem intimidating and challenging. A qualified, GOC registered dispensing optician can guide you through the maze of choosing the right glasses for you. Our dispensing opticians are trained, eyewear stylists. They are able to suggest alternatives and even make the experience enjoyable. They will find frames that fit perfectly. Frames that are suitable for your prescription and most importantly help you to feel confident in your eyewear. 

Enjoy some eye time

The process we use is geared to making you feel comfortable with your choice of eyewear, give you confidence when wearing your glasses and help you fall in love with your eyewear. We’d also like to add that eyewear styling isn’t just for the ladies! Gentlemen can also benefit from an eyewear consultation to assist them in selecting frames that match their individuality, business persona or reflect their personality. 

Glasses can help people understand you for who you are, or they can help you portray the image you want. The idea is to get the best glasses frames to project the image you want while still suiting your personality and lifestyle. That goes for ladies and gentlemen.

Book your consultation and enjoy some eye time

With our Eyewear Styling Consultation, you’ll get more personalised service and better advice. You’ll enjoy a relaxed and courteous consultation with a member of our dispensing team, instead of looking through hundreds of frames that don’t suit you or fit you well. It could also be a lot of fun.

To book your personal eyewear styling consultation, simply call us in Greenfield, Saddleworth on 01457 35310 or Meltham, Holmfirth on 01484 907090 and have a chat with one of our friendly teams.

Categories
About Allegro News

Lenses are all the same! Aren’t they?

James Brooks examining a lens after surfacing

Why are lenses so expensive? They’re just bits of plastic, aren’t they?

These are questions we are often asked. The simple answer is no, lenses are not all the same. In this blog we will try our best to explain the difference between the many different types of lenses.

Different types of lenses: Digital, HD, and stock.

Have you ever wondered how your spectacle lenses are made? Advanced technologies can be used to make lenses in two main ways.
  1. Pre-manufactured Lenses
  2. Custom Manufactured Lenses

Pre-manufactured Lenses

These types of lenses also commonly known as “Stock” lenses are manufactured to a standard prescription and all lenses made to that prescription in that way are exactly the same. Once manufactured the lenses are polished. These lenses are pre-manufactured with a certain base curve, prescription and blank size. Lenses can then be coated with anti-glare, anti-scratch or both, and packaged for glazing into a frame. Once the lens is finished, optical or optometry retailers will offer these lenses for customers based on their visual needs.

Custom Manufactured Lenses

A surfaced lens is created by taking a blank piece of plastic (without any prescription) and grinding the prescription into the plastic. These lenses are custom made and are manufactured with a custom base curve, prescription and blank size.  Digital lenses utilise state-of-the-art technology to enhance quality and performance. In our digital lenses, we use camber technology to create a single vision lens that delivers superior clarity and performance. With 1/100th diopter precision, this technology allows for ultra-clear vision with minimal edge distortion. Free form lenses provide the absolute best optical quality of any digital lens. A revolutionary digital manufacturing process, Free Form uses computer-aided design and surfacing to produce high-quality, customised lenses providing the viewer with an unsurpassed visual experience.  

Just like a HD TV

Remember the first time you saw high-definition television. Do you recall how your old analog TV picture seemed pixelated and blurry? With high-definition, you can see more detail and colours appear brighter, shapes are sharper, and everything is in sharp focus. Just imagine how your glasses would feel in that situation. With your current lenses, you can probably see fine, much like watching analogue TV was fine, but what if you could see in high-definition? Try our free form digital lenses if you are looking for a better clarity of vision. Just imagine how your HD TV screen will look then! Pre-manufactured Lenses Benefits:
  • Ideal for single vision prescriptions (SPH: +3.75 to -6.00 & CYL: 0.00 to  -2.00)
  • Turnaround times that are faster (convenience)
  • The least expensive (affordable)
Negatives:
  • Size restrictions for prescriptions and blanks
  • A lens with average optical quality due to internal stress
  • After manufacturing, different parts of the lens  harden at different rates, resulting in minor vision distortions. Especially noticeable for certain prescriptions and  eye sensitivity.
  • Measures OC/seg height, pantoscopic tilt, wrap angle, and back vertex distance aren’t taken into account

Custom Manufactured Lenses

Benefits:
  • With this method, we can create almost any prescription (high SPH, CYL, ADD, Prism, etc.)
  • Have a better optical quality, since they are not subject to internal stress
  • Custom prescriptions with base curves and OC/seg heights
  • Adaptable to any frame shape with wrap for less distortion (any size blank can be made)
Negatives:
  • Custom lenses cost more, but they are well worth the extra cost due to improved visual performance

Free Form HD Lenses

Advantages:
  • Night and low light vision is exceptional with free-form lenses. Some sources of light at night, like headlights, can cause glare and halo effects.
  • Exceptional contrast perception: Freeform lenses enhance vision
  • Exceptional colour vision: By optimizing the optics inside your lenses, you’re able to enjoy brighter, more intense colors
  • With this method, we can create almost any prescription (high SPH, CYL, ADD, Prism, etc.)
  • The optical quality of these lenses is better than stock ones because they are not stressed internally
  • Custom prescriptions with base curves and OC/seg heights
  • Prescriptions based on eyewear measurements, like pantoscopic tilt, wrapping, and back vertex distance
  • Adaptable to any frame shape with wrap for less distortion (any size blank can be made)
Negatives:
  • There is an additional cost for these high definition lenses because they were custom made, but it is definitely worth it
The stock lens is like an off-the-rail suit, the digital/surfaced lens is like getting a tailored suit, and freeform lenses are like buying a suit in your size. We offer all of these lens options to our customers, and we want to educate you about the various types of lenses that are available.

A multi-award-winning approach

So successful has Allegro Optical been in helping clients to achieve optimum quality of vision that in 2020 we were awarded the SME News West Yorkshire’s Most Trusted Family Run Eye Care Clinic. In 2019 we scooped no less than five national and regional awards. These awards include National ‘Best New Arts & Entertainment Business of the Yearat a gala event in London. Managing Director Sheryl Doe was awarded the 2019 ‘Dispensing Optician of the Yearand the company has been featured in many national publications including The Times 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman and Music Teacher Magazine. Sheryl has recently been named as a judge in this years SME National Business Awards Are you struggling with your vision? If so call us at either Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090.
Categories
About Allegro News

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.

 

Categories
About Allegro News

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.

Categories
About Allegro News

Xanthe’s frame of the month – Coco Song’s Golden Bug

Coco Song Golden Bug

Golden Bug By Coco Song – Xanthe’s frame of the month

It’s June, and as well as the return of gorgeous hot sunny days, Pimm’s and lemonade and barbecues it also means we have a new frame of the month! I for one am very excited about this month’s frame, because as you all know I love a bit of class and glamour, so it is no surprise this month’s frame is Coco Song Golden Bug. 

 

Why it’s so special

Now before we get started on the frame and why I love it so much I just wanted to tell you a little about Coco Song. They draw their inspiration from Italian and oriental mediums and culture, only using the very best materials in the world. Materials such as dried flowers, silk, semi-precious stones, one of a kind acetate and metal accents. Each frame is expertly crafted by hand to perfection for 6 months minimum, giving the result of a masterpiece and a truly luxurious frame making any woman feel unique and beautiful. 

Goes with anything

I love this frame and the gorgeous colour. You would think given the name Golden Bug would mean it would be golden. But oh no once again drawing from their uniqueness it’s actually a beautiful teal. If you are a regular reader you will know that teal is a universal colour. It can be worn with most skin tones and outfits. The frame has feathers and French silk set within Italian cotton acetate with a finishing touch of inset lapis lazuli stones. The moment I saw this frame I fell in love with it and just thought it radiated sophistication and class. 

Give it a try

So if, like me, you love the look of this frame or the sound of this brand then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of Coco Song frames. Take the opportunity to add some sophistication and uniqueness to your everyday life. We’re also now offering a style consultation service to help you find the perfect pair to suit your style. So please give us a call in either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to find the perfect match. Also, follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Or on Instagram @allegrooptical. 

Categories
About Allegro News

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.

Categories
About Allegro News

The Allegro Optical team are loving iGreen – Frame of the month

iGreen at Allegro Optical

It’s time to go iGreen

Everyone knows that the team at Allegro Optical loves to be green. We like to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. Always trying to stock ethical eyewear and local frames and lenses. We use recycled paper carrier bags and we packed off the plastic. 

With all this in mind, it’s no surprise that the team have embraced iGreen, our fabulous new range of ethical eyewear.  iGreen Eyewear is the result of years of research and development in order to produce technologically superior frames while being friendly to our environment. Thanks to the manufacturers’ investment in eco-friendly equipment and processes, iGreen frames are not only stylish, but they are incredibly light, flexible and highly customisable. Not only that, they are fabricated using significantly less water and electricity during the manufacturing process than most mainstream “designer” frames. For these reasons alone we feel that iGreen eyewear is a perfect choice for Allegro Optical’s discerning clients. 

iGreen ULTRA-LIGHT 4.0 

We love this ultra lightweight collection of frames. All of them manufactured from a solid block of multiple layered naturally based acetates. This method of production provides vivid colours and extraordinary effects. Ultra-Light 4.0 provides the wearer with endearing designs, super lightness without compromising strength, all manufactured from an eco-friendly acetate. 

The iGreen collection is manufactured using a new polymer, also known as Grilamid TR90.This is both incredibly flexible and ultra light in weight, combined with the finest acetate materials. The manufacturers have invested in a “clean” and environmentally safe production, which requires less water and less electrical energy when produced.

iGreen 4.0 provides supreme Italian quality backed up by American engineering and a reputation for manufacturing diligence. The fact that in 2021 we can still use the phrase “hand-made” is something to be proud of. We can also offer a new laser engraving technology to add your name or initials. 

iGreen Acetate frames combine the lightness of polyamide with the strength of acetate for the optimal balance of comfort and function. All Acetate Styles are available for customization offering multiple eye sizes as well as nose pads. 

One of our particular favourites ie iGreen 4.04C C972, completely customizable and with interchangeable sides you can change your look to suit your mood or your wardrobe. 

Go green with iGreen

So if, like us, you love the look of this frame or the sound of iGreen eyewear then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of iGreen frames. Take the opportunity to inject some style and funkiness into your eyewear wardrobe.

Categories
About Allegro News

April’s Frame of the Month – Booth & Bruce

Booth & Bruce eyewear from Allegro Optical

Booth & Bruce for some Easter colour

Hello, I’m Xanthe! If you don’t know who I am then here is a quick introduction, I am Sheryl’s youngest daughter. I have worked for Allegro Optical for 4 years and one of the jobs I do is write blogs, which I love! In these blogs I get to tell you all about all kinds of exciting things. Xanthe's Frame of the Month Whether it’s about how pancake day came to be, why you should NEVER play with fireworks and lots of other fun topics.  Today is no different as an exciting new challenge has been presented to me. For the next 12 months, I am going to be bringing you a frame of the month! What is “frame of the month,” you ask? Well, it’s where I will be looking through our stock in both Meltham & Greenfield and picking out a frame that I love and think you will too. I will then proceed to tell you why I like it so much.

Booth & Bruce, BB1601

When I was searching for this month’s frame of the month I knew it had to be special, and I think my choice of this Booth & Bruce, BB1601, in the colour Singed Sapphire is exactly that. I love the fact that the moment I saw this frame I just fell in love with it! It just looked so unique and funky, the contrast between the blue and the wood effect was just so different. To then find out it was an English brand that prided itself on being British while still having a global reach is exactly the kind of brand we love. 

Booth & Bruce BB1601 Singed Sapphire at Allegro Optical Opticians A little bit about Booth & Bruce So who are Booth & Bruce? Aside from being a brand that is unashamedly English? They began in the 1990s with a goal of offering eyewear that was fashionable, but different for everyone. Booth & Bruce are always looking to push the boundaries and find new, funky, and exciting ways to make their eyewear something unique. Now 30 years after Booth & Bruce was born they have a global reach, but they still stick firmly to the roots this distinctive brand was built on. The BB1601 offers collaborations of daring with a chic design and expressive colour schemes that push boundaries enabling wearers to feel stylish and funky.

Take a peek at Booth & Bruce

So if, like me, you love the look of this frame or the sound of this brand then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of Booth and Bruce frames. Take the opportunity to inject some style and funkiness into your eyewear wardrobe. We’re also now offering a style consultation service to help you find the perfect pair to suit your style. So please give us a call in either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to find the perfect match. Also, follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Or on Instagram @allegrooptical. 
Categories
About Allegro News

Today is National Spinach Day

 This leafy green vegetable is so good for our eyes

Here’s a little reminder, March 26th is National Spinach Day in case it slipped your mind! Spinach is not just tasty it provides your eyes with Lutein, which is thought to help maintain eye health. Are you intrigued? Then read on…..

The Spectacular Benefits of Spinach 

Spinach is known for its high fibre content, its abundance of antioxidants and vitamins.  Studies have shown may also decrease the risk of stroke and developing cataracts. Some of our readers may remember that this is the leafy green vegetable that gave Popeye his super-strength. It may, however, also promote super-sharp eyesight. Spinach is good for eye health Green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli are rich in two antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants produce a substance that scientists think may help protect our eyes against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in Western societies.

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Spinach is rich in lutein and contains zeaxanthin, these two carotenoids are known to make a difference in the fight against age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  A 2018 study of 2000 Australian adults showed that those who ate between 100 to 142 mgs of spinach nitrates each day had a 35% lower risk of developing early AMD than people who ate less than 69mgs of vegetable nitrates each day.

Cataract Development

Not only spinach protect our eyes from age-related macular degeneration, but cataract development as well.  In fact, another study demonstrated that higher dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin and vitamin E was associated with a significantly decreased risk of cataract formation.”

Macular Pigment

Lutein and zeaxanthin play a crucial role in the thickness of the macular pigment.  It’s a case of the thicker the better.  The human body is unable to make lutein and zeaxanthin, so it needs to obtain these antioxidants from green leafy vegetables such as spinach.  However, the average person doesn’t consume enough of the recommended amounts which ranges from 6-20 mg per day.

Organic Cooked Spinach

cooked spinach, its National spinach day Strangely cooked spinach contains much higher amounts of lutein than raw spinach. The lutein and zeaxanthin in spinach become more absorbable when cooked. 1 Cup cooked spinach  20.4 mg of lutein  1 Cup raw spinach        3.7 mg of lutein Not only is spinach an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, but it also has beta-carotene, plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids, glutathione, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamins C, E and B as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Low in calories, Spinach is jam-packed with nutrients.  Eating plenty of healthy vegetables is not the only protection against eye disorders and regular eye tests should not be missed. To book an eye test, please call us in Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Metham on 01484 907090 to make your appointment.
Categories
About Allegro Music News

Student Digs by James Brooks from Saddleworth – What is Blepharitis?

James Brooks Relief manager Allegro Optical the musicians optician

James Brooks returns pen to paper

In November 2019 James began his series of blogs known as Student Digs. Since then James has successfully completed two courses, The Association Of Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) Optical assistant course and the Association Of Dispensing Opticians and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management and Leadership Diploma.

James and his studies

James has taken a bit of a rest from blogging while we as a team provided essential, urgent and emergency eye care throughout the pandemic. Following on from James’s success in passing the last course he has now returned his pen to paper with a blog about a very common eye condition.

What exactly is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is an inflammatory eye condition that affects the eyelids and often appears as dry dandruff-like flakes around the eyelashes. It’s a very common condition which is caused by bacteria, but don’t worry, it is not at all contagious! Although your eyes can become a little sore and red, it does not cause any damage to your eyesight. Posterior and anterior blepharitis There are two types of blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis affects the outside of the eyelid where the eyelashes attach. Posterior blepharitis affects the inner edge of the eyelid that touches the eyeball.

Causes of blepharitis

It is most common for children and adults aged over 50 to experience symptoms of blepharitis. One of the reasons for this is due to the natural ageing of the eye. In these cases, the glands in the eyelids can become blocked causing the eyes to feel gritty and dry. It is hard to pinpoint a main cause of blepharitis, but simple factors such as allergic reactions to cosmetics, or experiencing dandruff on the scalp can be related to the onset of the condition. There are several factors that contribute to blepharitis that include bacterial infection, dry eyes and reaction to medication or cosmetics.

Symptoms of blepharitis

For many people, blepharitis will only cause minor irritation and itching. However, in some cases, it can cause more severe symptoms, such as blurry vision, missing eyelashes and inflammation of other eye tissue, such as the cornea. By scratching and rubbing the affected area, secondary symptoms may occur. It’s advised to try and keep the area untouched and clean as much as possible. Blepharitis symptoms generally include dry eyes, sore or swollen eyes, gritty or stinging sensation in the eyes, flaking of the skin around the eyes, sensitivity to light or a loss of eyelashes.

Is there a cure for blepharitis?

In most cases good hygiene can help control blepharitis. Washing the scalp and face regularly, using a warm compress to gently soak the eyelids is a good practice to keep inflammation down. When a bacterial infection accompanies blepharitis, however, antibiotics will be required. Here at Allegro Optical, if you suspect you may have blepharitis, the first step is to give us a ring and get yourself booked in so one of our experienced Optometrists can take a closer look. They may then suggest some eye drops or another form of treatment.

Case study

Local farmer and brass band conductor, John Collins, came to see us just a few weeks ago with his symptoms and was given advice on treating his blepharitis, to which he went away with a pack of our fantastic EyeTonic eyelid wipes. After just a few days of use, John called us to thank us and let us know that it had completely cleared up his symptoms and he was so much more comfortable. When asked about his recent experience John said “I had been struggling with an eye condition that the doctor was not correctly diagnosing. So I had my eyes tested to make sure nothing was wrong. Immediately the optician at Allegro diagnosed blepharitis and prescribed eye tonic wipes. Along with some hydrocortisone cream, this solved my ongoing problem within a week. Very pleased.” John Collins Oldham Band At Allegro Optical absolute perfection is our aim. As I’m sure you can tell, from the second you walk through the door and during your eye examination. From selecting your new glasses through to the individual measurements taken and our excellent aftercare. We work as a team to give all our clients a high quality, bespoke pair of spectacles. Ones that will not only work great but look great too!

Experience award-winning eyecare for yourself

To book your appointment with the team at Allegro Optical call  Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 and experience award-winning eye care for yourself.