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With music in our ears, our eyes are on a prize

Well what a weekend that was! The Allegro Optical’s roadshow team have hardly had a restful weekend. It was all aboard for a trip to Cheltenham. We were attending the 1st – 4th Séction, National Brass Band Championship Finals of GB. It’s been a busy few days meeting old and new friends.  We were kept pretty busy on the Allegro Optical trade stand. As the Allegro Optical brand becomes more prominent, more musicians are keen to find out more. They were all interested in our fantastic musicians’ lenses. Which provide a clear view of the conductor and the music on the stand.  Allegro Optical at the National Brass Band Finals 2019

A Huddersfield Examiner Award is in Meltham’s sights 

This week, those unique lenses are the talk of the town, as we are delighted to announce that Allegro Optical have been named finalist in award category “Innovation and Enterprise” category of this year’s Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards. The winners in each category will be revealed at a black tie awards evening. On Thursday 7th at the John Smith’s Stadium and we’re keeping our fingers crossed.EXAMINER BUSINESS AWARDS FINALIST LOGO 2019. The design and layout of our musicians lenses varies according to the instrument played, the size of the instrument, and the musicians’ position in the ensemble. Unlike most other lens designs on the market. Our lenses and dispensing procedures are designed and dispensed by qualified dispensing opticians who are also musicians. The lens layouts are also designed from a musicians perspective, meaning a much better field of view for the performer. This allows a much more comfortable playing position and natural field of view.  Allegro Optical the musicians optician in Saddleworth and Holmfirth With an optical practice full of instruments, many musicians don’t even have to worry about bringing theirs with them. This is particularly handy if you’re a pianist or string bassist. In fact we think we are probably the only opticians in the world to have a piano in the test room.

Super Saddleworth or Bikes, Buses, Brass and Bands

With news of the award nomination still ringing in our ears, we started the weekend on a high. What a fabulous weekend it was. Especially for the Saddleworth team who were kept busy. There was a bit of an influx of people to Greenfield as the Tour of Britain passed through the village.  We were on hand in Cheltenham to cheer on our many friends and clients in Uppermill Band as they left Saddleworth behind and took to the stage, winning the third section by a country mile. http://www.uppermillband.chrisparc.co.uk/wordpress/wordpress/the-band/ It’s been a fantastic year for Uppermill Band and they’ve finished on a high. We wish them huge congratulations as they celebrate a worthy win and promotion back into the Second Section. Greenfield’s resident dispensing optician Claire, was over them moon, as her Dad celebrated the win for a band very close to his heart.   Uppermill Band were joined in the competition by none other than our  Managing Director, Stephen Tighe. Steve was conducting his own band from Kippax. There was plenty of friendly rivalry as the competition progressed. Kippax did extremely well finishing 5th and beating 13 other bands from across the UK. Not bad for a band who faced relegation just 12 months ago and then went on to win their area finals and compete in this national finals. https://kippaxband.wixsite.com/kippaxband  

What’s in store for September

Not content with Bikes, Bands and Business awards, the team are always keen to stay busy. Firstly, as this week sees us getting ready for our forthcoming Italian event, starting on Thursday 26th September, when we will be featuring the very best of Italian eyewear. To book your appointment with the quick and lively team at Allegro Optical call  Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 and experience award winning eye care for yourself.
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Say goodbye to itchy dry eyes

Make itchy dry eyes a thing of the past

Do your eyes ever feel dry and itchy? Do your eyes water all the time? Are your eyes sticky in the mornings? Are you always having to wipe your eyes? If you’ve answered yes to more than one of these questions the chances are you are suffering from dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome or dry eye disease is exactly what it says. For several reasons your eyes become dry and uncomfortable.  Say goodbye to dry eyes with Allegro Optical Optician in Greenfield Saddleworth ans Meltham Holmfirth A normal healthy eye blinks on average 22 times per minute. A blink is a mechanism designed to keep our eyes fresh and lubricated. The problem in winter is that we tend to bump up the heating and spend more time indoors. Often we spend more time on our computers or watching TV, both these activities have a negative effect upon our eyes. Central heating is drying and staring at a computer or TV screen reduces blinking. Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable, but it is a relatively easy condition to treat. Some treatments include lubricants or dry drops, sometimes we recommend a hot compress or eyelid massage.

We are what we eat

Did you know that certain foods can help maintain proper hydration of your eyes. You might recall this advice from your childhood, “eating more carrots will help you see better.” Well, that’s not exactly true, but to ease the symptoms, you must have a daily intake of several key nutrients.
Potassium
Potassium is great for dry eyes because it is one of the important components that comprise your tear film. Low levels of potassium have been linked to damage to your tear film, and potassium is critical the maintenance of film thickness. To keep your potassium levels high, eat these foods: 
  • Bananas
  • Sweet potatoes, Potatoes
  • White beans
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
Allegro Optical opticians recommend foods rich in potassium Food Sources as dried apricots, raisins, avocado, cocoa, bean, pumpkin seeds, dried banana, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, fresh banana, hazelnuts, almonds
Antioxidants
Dry eyes can be caused by damage from free radicals in the body, and studies have shown that antioxidants can help fight these free radicals and so slow the process of oxidation. Antioxidant rich foods are easy to identify because they are usually a rich dark colour, these foods include all our eye health favourites and some superfoods:
  • Spinach, Kale, collard greens
  • Acai berries, Goji berries, blueberries etc
Some studies have found that taking supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids can decrease dry eye symptoms. Good sources of omega-3s include cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and cod. For the vegetarians out there try flaxseed oil. Simply drinking more water can help relieve dry eye symptoms. Mild dehydration has been proven to make dry eye symptoms worse. This is particularly true during hot, dry and windy weather. Allegro Optical opticians recommend foods rich in antioxidents as oranges, lemons, red pepper, kiwi,tomatoes, bananas, pears, apples, walnuts, watermelon, hazelnuts, peach and green grape

‘Think Blink’

When concentrating (eg using a computer or driving), we can blink up to 5 times less often, this leads to increased tear evaporation. Remembering to blink more often can help keep the surface of your eye moist and reduce dry eye symptoms.

Remove the make up

For those who like a bit of glam, always remove your eye makeup. Eyeliner and other eye makeup can clog the openings of your meibomian glands at the base of your eyelashes. Blocked meibomian glands can lead to meibomian gland dysfunction and evaporative dry eye. At the end of the day always be diligent about remove all traces of makeup from your lids and lashes. Allegro Optical Opticians recommends removing makeup with cotton pad Clean your eyelids When washing your face before bedtime, gently wash your eyelids, this will help to remove the bacteria that can cause blepharitis and meibomian gland problems. Which in turn lead to dry eye symptoms. Apply a clean, warm, moist face cloth to your closed lids for at least 20 seconds. Then gently wash your lids and lashes with a mild cleanser, or use pre-moistened eyelid wipes sold in our practices. Sometime however dry eye can be caused by an underlying condition. More severe symptoms of dry eye syndrome include extreme light sensitivity (photophobia), very red and painful eyes, and deterioration in your vision. If you have any of these severe symptoms, this can be a sign of a serious complication. If this is the case contact us  immediately, either by calling Greenfield on 01457 353199 or Meltham on 01484 907090 for appropriate advice or an appointment.
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Meet the Team: Abigayle Doe, B.Sc. FBDO – Dispensing Optician/Training Manager

Dispensing Optician and Training Manager Abigayle Doe

Here at Allegro Optical, we pride ourselves in having a very supportive and accomplished team. Being the UK’s leading specialist musicians optician we couldn’t have got to where we are today without our team. Today we have the pleasure of getting to know Abigayle Doe a little more, and her role within Allegro Optical as a Dispensing Optician and Training Manager. Abigayle Doe BSc FBDO Dispensing Optician Allegro Optical, the musicians opticianA chip off the old block ‘Abi’ is Sheryl’s oldest daughter, but far from staying in Sheryl’s shadow Abi has lost no time in building her own reputation as a Dispensing Optician, Optical Practice Manager and more recently in a training and development role. Abi has always worked hard to provide exceptional Ophthalmic Dispensing and excellent customer service. She is an award-winning Dispensing Optician in her own right and has earned many accolades while learning her craft.  With a passion for developing people to their full potential Abi is driven to provide the highest standard of customer service across all areas of the business. She’s a charismatic and energetic visionary who puts the happiness and well-being of our team above all else, believing that success will come from happy people.

Training for all

Having a particular interest in paediatric dispensing Abi also enjoys dispensing clients with physical and psychological disabilities. She stresses the importance of this field when training any new members of the team. Abi undertakes ongoing support with spectacles fitting, repairs and adjustments for clients of all ages to achieve successful spectacle wear and avoid the need for additional visits by the clients. Abi brings a wealth of technical expertise to the team and just like her mum she has an extensive knowledge of ophthalmic lens design.   Her professionalism ensures Allegro Optical always has up-to-date product knowledge as soon as new lenses or optical materials become available.

Out of hours

When not working Abi enjoys spending time with the family, especially her three nephews. She enjoys reading crime fiction and Murder mystery novels, she’s also a bit of a film buff on the quiet. Like the rest of the family Abi has a love of music and she has recently started to learn how to play baritone horn in order to gain a better understanding of the needs of brass banders. We are all incredibly proud of Abi who has recently shed over 5 stone in under a year, slimming down from a size 20 to an impressive size 8. We can honestly say she is now a shadow of her former self and she looks so much healthier for it. At Allegro Optical we always put family first and are passionate about family values. Allegro Optical recently won the Yorkshire and Humber Family Business of the Year Award. If you and your family would like to experience award winning family eye care call Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090 and book your appointment today.
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Intelligent photochromic polarised prescription sunglass lenses

More than just sunglasses

Some of us have now already enjoyed our summer holiday.  Others are preparing to go and prescription sunglasses can be found in some luggage. Some people on the other hand prefer to wear photochromic lenses all year round. This is to give their eyes sun protection whenever, wherever needed. However, one of the most common complaints from photochromic  lens users is that they are either too light or too dark at the wrong times. Prescription sunglass wearers have vastly different needs from those who wear off the shelf non prescription sunglasses. For example the prescription lenses adaptability and performance is much more important. Prescription sunglass wearers simply do not have an option to remove their sunglasses when lighting conditions change. That is why it is so important for the lenses are comfortable in all situations. Traditionally prescription photochromic lenses were only available with non polarising finishes. Wearers had to choose between colour changing lenses or permanently dark polarising lenses.  But things have changed. Combining state-of-the art photochromic performance and the award-winning NuPolar polarisation technology. NuPolar Infinite Grey addresses a very important aspect of adaptability for ophthalmic lens users of corrective sun lenses.

The Dragonfly

Like the dragonfly, NuPolar® is the true ruler of its domain. As the market leader in prescription polarised lenses, NuPolar consistently outperforms other polarised prescription lenses for the very best visual experience. Setting the benchmark for stringent optical performance, polarised film technology and colour consistency NuPolar is lenses are way ahead of their competition.  NuPolar® Infinite Grey™ offers the widest possible range of light transmittance while maintaining 99% polarisation efficiency, therefore not compromising the blocking of blinding glare. NuPolar Infinite Grey is now available with a wide selection of free form progressive and single vision lenses. NuPolar Infinite Grey lenses offer a greater range of light transmission while still controlling glare.  Lightest state – 35% Transmittance  Darkest State – 9% Transmittance   NuPolar grey lenses are also available in all our designer sunglasses including the beautiful Revlon Range which is in store now. If you would like to try out Infinite Polar Grey Polarised lenses now call Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 9007090 
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Sunglasses in the winter – it’s not a fashion statement

Sunglasses are not just for the summer in Meltham

Most of us do not think about UV in winter. We live in the UK where daylight hours are short and it is cold. On winter days especially snowy winter days UV levels can be very high. On snowy days UV is reflected from the surface of the snow giving us a double dose of UV, and so UV protection is even more important.

Polarized sunglasses give the ultimate help from sun glare. They stop reflected light from dazzling us as well as reducing brightness and giving UV protection. The reflected light in winter often comes from the snow or the sun reflecting off a wet road. This makes it easier to see especially when driving or walking into that low winter sun.

 

Stay safe in the sun, even in winter

There are also health benefits to wearing sunglasses in winter. UV is associated with cataract development and also causes the delicate skin around our eyes to age more quickly. In extreme cases overexposure to UV can cause snow blindness (photokeratitis). This is a temporary but very painful loss of vision due to UV damaging the cornea (the clear coat over our iris and pupil), effectively a sunburnt cornea. It does heal in 24-48 hours but better to avoid it and your risk is higher on a sunny snowy day.

On a bright windy day sunglasses can protect us from the wind drying our eyes leading to the eyes becoming irritated and sore.

julbo-Sunglasses from Allegro Optical in Meltham Renegade-J499-9023-61_1

Help reduce eyestrain

Sunglasses can also reduce eyestrain. On a bright day our pupils try to constrict to reduce the light entering the eye so we can see clearly without dazzle. When our pupils cannot constrict enough it leads us to screw our eyes up to reduce the light further this can give headaches and eyestrain. With sunglasses on the light is reduced already so our pupil can do the work of keeping the light filtered more effectively.

So keep those sunglasses handy in the winter do not pack them away with your shorts! If you need new sunglasses or specialist sunglasses with your prescription in come along and see us at Allegro Optical Opticians. We offer a full range of sunglass options including polarized. To book your consultation call 01484 907090