Visual Health and Performing Arts

As the UK’s only BAPAM registered performing arts specialist optician, we are often asked what’s so special about musicians’ eyes? The simple answer is nothing, they are no different to that of a pilot, plumber or podiatrist. However, the way performance artists use their eyes is. Performance artists have specific eye care needs: for example, they might need to read detailed musical scores quickly, switch focus between near and far objects, such as a music stand and the conductor, and most need to have a good sense of spatial awareness.

During initial consultations, many performance artists tell us of their frustrations with poor visual acuity, reduced field of view, poor contrast and a general dissatisfaction with the quality of vision correction that their glasses or contact lenses provide. This is because the performance arts industry is so poorly served by mainstream optics. We want to change that.

Does your poor vision or eye health affect your ability to perform as a musician? If so we’d like to invite you to come and join us at the Department of Music at the University of York on Thursday 7th July 2022. In conjunction with BAPAM, Dr Naomi Norton and the team at York University, Allegro Optical will be taking part in a free networking event geared towards performers, clinicians, device manufacturers, and organisations. 

A primary goal of the event is to raise awareness of the unique visual challenges that musicians and other performing arts professionals face. Performing artists have specific vision requirements: for example, they may need to read detailed musical scores quickly, switch between near and far distances, and have a good sense of spatial awareness.

The collaboration will facilitate network development, identify topics for research and education, review risks to performing artists and identify care pathways, and enhance clinical practice effectiveness.

There will be a variety of presentations, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. The event will begin at 9:30 and end at 16:30. University of York Place and Community Fund has provided funding for this event, so attendance is free and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Those interested in registering for this event should complete the registration form and contact Naomi Norton at with any questions. Due to the limited number of tickets available for this event, we have capped the number of tickets available for each ‘category’ of delegate. Each type of ticket is issued first-come, first-served, but there will be a waiting list. If you are unable to attend due to an unexpected change in plans, please contact us as soon as possible at  

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