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Allegro Optical Opticians, Helping Charlotte See The Music Remotely

Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham are now helping musicians see the music remotely

Charlotte Reynolds is a Cellist who lives in Oakhampton in Devon. She contacted us through our website after she purchased a pair of “glasses for music” from her optician. She told us that she had an increasing problem being able to focus on and read music. Particularly in the case of fast and densely written parts. Charlotte plays both chamber music and symphonic. She wondered if there was any way we could help her. Either by recommending an optician nearer to her home who also specialises in optical solutions for musicians. Or if not, maybe we could help, via long distance.

She explained that she had been dispensed with a pair of bifocal spectacles from her opticians. These were intended to provide a focus for her music stand distance and the conductor but she found it was still blurry and not clearly focused.

We explained that we didn’t know of any other musician’s specialist opticians in the UK. From that point, a dialogue began between us to find a solution that could be dispensed over the internet.

The perfect solution for seeing the music

After a few e-mails were exchanged, including some selfies and after measuring Charlotte’s working distances, we found a solution. We also went through facial and frame measurements by way of selfies, to ensure that the new glasses would be perfect.


Our solution was to dispense our performer’s lenses, with a compensated prescription to allow Charlotte to see the music on the stand clearly. But still maintaining a crisp view of the conductor. We left a small area of near vision to allow her to notate her manuscript if needed.

When the glasses had been made up and we were satisfied with the prescription and the quality of the job we posted them to Charlotte. We contacted her with the tracking number for the parcel and she received them the next day. Charlotte said “My new glasses arrived safely and so far so good – I’m really pleased with them – everything is really clear and crisp. I was slightly nervous about having specialist glasses prescribed remotely but the whole process was very thorough from your end and easy from mine and the results are superb. Excellent – thank you”

Why do musicians struggle to see the music

Due to changes in the structure of the crystalline lens and stiffening of the ocular muscles many musicians experience focusing problems later on in their careers.  Many struggle to focus on all the different distances required of their profession and are unaware that there is a solution to the problem. Many optometrists or opticians suggest either varifocals, which often exacerbate the problems due to the narrow corridor. Or they recommend bifocals or occupational lenses neither of which are very satisfactory.

How can Allegro Optical help?

At Allegro Optical Opticians we understand the many visual requirements placed on musicians. As a result we prescribe a selection of lenses designed and dispensed specifically to suit their needs. Creating a solution especially for the client, providing a perfect optical solution. We understand the variety of dispensing challenges that practitioners may face when a musician presents in practice, but as musicians ourselves we are able to meet their individual needs perfectly.

If you are a musician who has problems seeing the music give us a call at Allegro Optical Opticians on 01484 907090 for advice or to book a consultation.

About Allegro

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.