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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.

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A passion for purple in 2021

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2021, our year of colour?

2020 was a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. For many of us, it was an emotional, and challenging year. We’ve all had to deal with COVID19, social distancing and many of us have lost loved ones and colleagues. Our Greenfield practice also had to cope with a burglary just before Christmas, when thieves broke in and stole all our sunglasses, computers and glasses frames.  This left us with very little stock. We have pulled out all the stops and restocked the practice over the seasonal break with some fabulous new frames. We will be focusing on the new ranges over the next few weeks, but today we are looking at colour and how to wear it. If you haven’t visited Allegro Optical yet you won’t have had one of our colour and eyewear styling consultations. 2020 can only be described as a really trying year for everyone, with all the challenges you may want to start adding a little more colour to your wardrobe. Let’s face it, we all want to cheer things up a bit.  Everyone who comes for a colour and eyewear styling consultation with Allegro Optical receives a palette of 44 colours that work specifically for them. However, there are some shades which will work for most people, when combined carefully with other colours. Opting for a universal shade is a great place to start. Here we take you through one of those magical universal shades so you can add a splash of colour, knowing it’ll work for you.

Purple

The colour of Kings and Emperors, regal and refined, purple is a classic shade that works for everyone, without exception. The universal shade of purple is medium in shade and surprisingly a very similar to the shade to a particular chocolate wrapper that is very popular at this time of year. Most colour pallets can wear this shade on its own without needing to add anything else. Passionate purple 2021 If you’re curious to discover ALL the colours and frame styles that will work for you, as well as how to wear them then get in touch by calling #Greenfield 01457 353100 or #Meltham 01484 907090
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A stocking full of festive eye facts

Festive eye facts
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, like us you’re probably enjoying all the festive sights our eyes allow us to see. From beautifully twinkling and bedecked Christmas trees to sparkling fairy lights and those brightly wrapped presents under the tree. Have you ever thought about how different Christmas would be without our vision?  Take a minute or two to learn a few interesting facts about our eyes (we’re fairly certain a few will be a surprise!
  1. Did you know that our eyes are one of the first organs to develop after conception?. In fact, a fetus’s eyes begin to develop just two weeks after conception. 
  2. Incredibly our eyes weigh just 7 grams each (or a quarter of an ounce for those of us who still use imperial). 
  3. They measure just 24.2 millimetres in diameter, just over 1 inch.
  4. When we are born, our eyes are about 70% of the size they will reach in adulthood. That said, our ears and our noses never stop growing.
  5. Our eyes are complex organs. They are composed of more than 2 million parts – every one has a specific function!
  6. Amazingly the muscles responsible for moving our eyes are the strongest in the body relative to their size.
  7. The eyes our friends and family see aren’t exactly the whole picture. In fact, just one-sixth of our eyes are visible.

Eyelashes

  1. If we took all the eyelashes we shed throughout our lives and line them up end to end, it would measure over 30 meters, that’s almost 100 feet in length!
  2. Our eyelashes are more than just a pretty facial feature. They actually do a job! They catch dust and debris before any nasty substances can get into our eyes.

Blinking

  1. On average, we all blink about 12 times each minute. Less if looking at a computer screen. This is why it’s important to remember to look away occasionally and give those eyes a rest.
  2. On average a blink takes about 0.3 seconds. If we were to add up all our blinks throughout the day, it would amount to about 30 minutes. A bit of a cat nap really!
Tears
  1. As we grow older we all produce fewer tears. This is the reason why dry eyes become problematic as we age.
  2. Our tears are essential to help us see clearly and to maintain the health of our eyes.
  3. Did you know that our bodies make three types of tears; 
  1. a) Basal tears are in our eyes all the time, they lubricate, nourish and protect our corneas
  2. b) Reflex tears are formed when our eyes need to wash away harmful irritants, such as foreign bodies. Our eyes release them in greater amounts than basal tears. They also contain more antibodies to help us fight bacteria and infections.
  3. c) Emotional tears are produced in response to many feelings such as joy, sadness, and fear. 
Our eyes and our brain 
  1. Each of our eyes has a small blind spot. This is the point where the optic nerve passes through our retinas. We rarely notice this lack of visual information because our brains fill in the blind spot based on information from the other eye.
  2. Our visual cortex is the part of our brain that processes our vision. Physically, the visual cortex is at the back of the brain in the occipital lobe.
  3. As human beings vision is so important to us that it takes up more than 50% of our brain’s functionality.
At Allegro Optical we love eyes! Millions of years of evolution have made our eyes one of the most interesting and complex components of our bodies. Our eyes are truly a miracle of nature, this is why it is important to keep them healthy with regular eye exams. If it has been a while since you have had your eyes examined, contact us to arrange an appointment or call Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090
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Show your true colours – Tantalising teal

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Tantalising teal, A universal colour. Or is it?

When we were choosing the new frames for this season’s collection, it quickly became known as ‘Tantalising Teal’. We realised that we’d had a bit of a teal-fest when choosing the frame colours. Teal is well known as a universal colour, a colour everyone can wear. But is this true? 
  • There are a plethora of shades of teal, ranging from soft sky to turquoise, dark teal to deep Cyan. In fact, in a recent internet search, we found 41 shades of teal. Some are soft, some are more intense, some are bright, but there is a teal out there for everyone!
  • As a colour and wardrobe staple, Teal is much more versatile than you may think. It can be teamed with so many different colours along with lighter or darker shades of itself. It’s so easy to dress Teal up or down depending on what it’s coupled with.
  • We love to wear Teal with both gold or silver jewellery. We even like to mix it up a bit!
  • Teal works well as an accent colour, but equally well as a base colour. 
Tantalising Teal Colour styling at Allegro Optical

Teal, Just your colour?

Everyone who comes to Allegro Optical for a colour and eyewear style analysis is presented with a palette of 22 colours that work specifically for them, there are also a few shades which, when combined carefully with other colours, will work for nearly everyone.  Teal works for those who have a fair skin tone and blue eyes, It also works for us brunettes with brown eyes. If you have a Soft Muted or Light palette you can mix your teals with lighter neutral colours. Those of us who have a Deep or Clear can be bolder with more striking combinations often teaming teal with another bold colour such as charcoal or chocolate. If you have a Cool complexion, try mixing your teals with cassis or aqua. Finally, if you have a warm colour palette, like our Dispensing Optician Claire, you could combine it with cream, pewter or even coral shades. Allegro Optical Greenfield Claire James and Sheryl

The psychology of colour

We often ask clients what first impressions they want to create. We also ask them how they want their new glasses to make them feel. That’s not as strange as it seems. It is well documented that the colours we wear often affect our moods and other people’s first impressions.  The definition of teal is “a dark greenish-blue” and came into common use during the first world war. Colours are frequently associated with feelings and teal is often considered as a colour of peace and tranquillity. Teal combines the calm, peace, clarity of blue with the restful, soothing and cheerfulness of green. Wearing teal makes many of us enjoy a feeling of reliability, dignity, and balance. As for first impressions, wearing teal can also imply trustworthiness and reliability. Wearing teal creates a positive response from both men and women.

16 shades of teal

Show your true colours

Memorable glasses are a great way to express yourself and help show off your own unique features.  Many of our clients like to accessorise with shoes, jewellery and handbags, some even collect them. While many people view eyewear as merely a functional device we see it as an opportunity to express ourselves.   Eyewear can frequently be the very thing which helps us celebrate our individual style. The perfect glasses can transform us, creating a memorable first impression and building confidence. 

We care about your eyecare and your eyewear

So when you visit Allegro Optical Opticians you can not only be sure that you will receive first-class eye care you can also take a journey in colour. If you would like to try our unique range of eyewear call, Greenfield, on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090
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Eyewear Styling – Helping you discover your wow.

A unique Eyewear Styling Service

Did you know that Allegro Optical offers a unique Eyewear Styling Service? Exclusively for existing and new customers at their practices in Greenfield and Meltham. This individually dedicated consultation service offers our clients a unique and bespoke one-hour eyewear styling consultation. We help them to discover their perfect eyewear to suit both their optical and style needs.  Throughout the Christmas period, the consultations are free of charge following a private examination including 3D Optical Coherence Tomography (3D OCT). Let’s face it, everyone deserves a little bit of pampering at this time of year, especially after the dreadful year 2020 has been.

Eyewear Styling

The Allegro Optical dispensing team have been trained by the Eyewear Styling Academy. The team have learnt how to analyse an individual’s colour psychology, facial features, style personality and recommend the eyewear selection that will suit them best. This will enable all clients’ to feel assured they are being given an unparalleled consultation service to find them their perfect eyewear.   Practice Owner and 2019 Dispensing Optician of the Year Sheryl Doe said: ‘From experience, we have often found that clients find choosing eyewear a daunting experience. We want choosing glasses to be an enjoyable experience and we felt it was necessary to invest in a process to better help clients.”  “Our Dispensing Opticians love helping clients discover and select eyewear which they not only feel happy in but enjoy wearing! Our whole team receives regular refresher training to keep them up-to-date and new team members undertake the training as soon as possible. This ensures that they are all experts in eyewear styling and we are delighted to be able to offer this bespoke, eyewear styling consultation service to existing and new customers. Clients of all ages, gender and style preference will now be able to find their perfect and most suitable eyewear in our practice.”.

Booking a Consultation

Eyewear Styling Consultations are available daily in both practices but must be booked in advance by calling Greenfield, Saddleworth on 01457 353100 or Meltham, Holmfirth on 01484 907090  
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Caron eyewear – Making a virtual statement on Zoom

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‘Zoom’ calls for a fresh look – A guest blog by Nyree Hughes

With so many of us now working from home, swapping the office for virtual meetings delivered from the dining table. While we may all secretly be wearing yoga pants and slippers, (not just me, right?) From the desk up, we still need to look the part, and with that in mind, we should also be taking care of our peepers, especially with all this extra screen time.  ZOOM CALLS DRESS UP THOSE EYES So, post lockdown no 1. I visited Sheryl and her team, I had shamefully not had my eyes tested in three years, and while I didn’t care to admit it, my eyesight had deteriorated, and my frames needed an upgrade too. Despite the fear of going anywhere in case coronavirus was lurking and ready to pounce, I braved it and was put at ease by the measures put in place at Allegro Optical. All the staff are wearing PPE and surgical scrubs, which they boil wash every evening. The entire team wear masks, visors, gloves and aprons, while the optometrists “Gown Up” to perform the actual eye test. The Ozone generators are very discreet, but it is very comforting to hear them switching on and off, cleaning and sanitising the air at regular intervals. The team has implemented additional safety and cleaning measures. Every touchpoint is sanitised, including frames after every customer. Staff note this down in a cleaning log as they go along. There is also a strict social distancing procedure in place, along with protective screens and segregated areas marked with tape. 

My eye test

All the eye test appointments are now a little longer to allow for thorough cleaning of consulting rooms after each visit. But the other difference I noticed was the 3D OCT machine which helps Amy and her fellow optometrists to view the health of my eyes in greater detail. The device allows her to see what’s going on beneath the surface of my retina, which she can’t with a photo or her scope. Amy explained this view in easy to understand terms; basically,  the retina is a bit like a sandwich, with lots of layers.  Amy Ogden Optometrist full PPE   With traditional retinal photography Amy can see the top of the “sandwich”, “the bread”, but the 3D image produced from an OCT scan slices the “sandwich” in half and turns it on its side so she can see all the layers inside. Using this machine, Amy and her colleagues can then map out and measure the thickness of each of my retinas layers to get an even more precise idea of my eye health. 3D OCT scans can help to detect sight-threatening eye conditions earlier. Glaucoma can be detected up to four years earlier.  Thankfully I have a very healthy retinal, and all the layers are perfect. 

Finding my perfect look

After my eye test, I got on with the inspiring task of choosing a frame, and it was a difficult job because there was so much choice! What I love about Sheryl is not only her enthusiasm but her knack to seek out the right frame for my face shape and my complexion too. She’s also very good at nudging me just a little out of my comfort zone, to take the plunge and go for something a little bit special! Before choosing any frames, Sheryl measured me in great detail, my head width, bridge and nose splay! I didn’t even know that was a thing? She then analysed my skin tones, colours and face shape and then we were off, and the fun began. We looked at what my “colours” were, apparently my colour palette is a combination of clear and deep. This means I can wear light and dark colours together or even two dark shades. Sheryl said dark colours work well for me, especially if they have a sheen. I’d never thought about any of this when choosing glasses in the past. It was fabulous to be able to sit in a relaxed atmosphere and have frames brought to me, which were perfect for my colouring, face shape and personality. It was like a real pamper session.

Making a virtual statement 

I’m a fan of statement eyewear.  I wouldn’t describe myself as being at Pru Leith levels just yet, but something a little different from the norm is right up my street. Thanks to Sheryl and her team at Allegro Optical I’ve found my new favourite frames in Caron Eyewear. They scream style and elegance and make a statement without being ‘in your face.’  Caron Eyewear’s debut collection strikes a balance between femininity and strength. Not only are the frames comfortable to wear, but they are also chic, timeless, with a clear emphasis on detail. And they fit perfectly.  Nyree Hughes loves Caron Eyewear I’m now a very proud wearer of Caron’s Look Fabulous in black and gold.  These frames bring the cat-eye style bang up to date in a dreamy combination of acetate and metal. I have had so many compliments about my glasses since I collected them and I am enjoying wearing them. They fit like a glove and allow me to express the real me with confidence and a smile.   
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Eyewear trends for autumn/winter

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Allegro Optical take a seasonal look at eyewear trends

It only feels like yesterday that we were enjoying the long sunny days, waiting for the end of lockdown. Now here we are once again at the beginning of yet another lockdown, this time a slightly more dismal one.  Despite the doom and gloom, just landed in-store are some gorgeous new collections that have got the team all excited. If you’re ready to experiment with ‘one of a kind, check me out, I’m working from home and look amazing’ frames, the latest styles from La Matta, Coco Sung, CCS and Okki Factory are nothing short of fresh, experimental, statement and timeless classics. 

New frames, just for you

If you’re someone who loves to make a statement with your frames or the kind of person who goes minimal, then now is the right time to choose fashionable frames to complement your personality.  Or if you love a retro look but want to stay contemporary and fresh, then you definitely need to have a look at some of these fabulous new designs.  Remember to keep in mind your face shape, your skin tone, your personality and lifestyle when choosing your frames,  but if in doubt, we’re here to guide you through.   Here are some of our favourite frames and trends that are going to look great now and over the next year

La Matta 

If you’re looking for bold frames with intriguing hues which ooze personality, look no further than La Matta. Featuring animal prints and colours inspired by the wild, these frames explode with detail and original decorative elements. The upswept front and magnificent colours are made for those looking for something unique and special.  La Matta LMV3245

Coco Song 

Coco Song frames are the ultimate fusion of East and West. Inspired by nature, they are not just accessories but feature elegant jewels to wear according to your mood. At the heart of this brand are the deep colours of French silks, perfectly in line with current eyewear trends. Dried flower and semi-precious stones that make each frame an individual masterpiece. Each frame is carefully made by hand, taking a minimum of six months to perfect. We have many different styles in stock, from subtle metal rims with glorious arms, to the subtle silk inlays.  CocoSong HardSpeaker C3

CCS 

CCS, is the fresh new take from the now-famous Coco Song eyewear.  CSS frames have the same individuality of Coco Song as they highlight the natural elements such as silks, dried flowers and feathers; all laminated into transparent acetates of pearly colours. We hope you’ll love these as much as we do!Coco Song CCS CCS122 c4  

Okki Factory

If bright colourful acetate frames are your bag, look no further than Okki Factory.  These bold frames are just a little bit different from the norm; from a bold white cat-eye style to pearly green, we also have a fabulous range with exquisite fabric inserts in a range of colours again spot on considering current eyewear trends. Okki Factory Chanty  

We care about your eyecare and your eyewear

We know that almost everyone wants to look their best and that first impressions count. That’s why when you visit Allegro Optical Opticians you can not only be sure that you will receive first-class eye care. If you would like to try our unique range of eyewear call, Greenfield, on 01457 353100 or Meltham on  01484 907090
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The Best Way to Clean your Spectacles

Now I don’t want to sound patronising, but I wondered how many of you lovely readers really do know the best way to clean your spectacles? Many of us spend a fair amount of time choosing a spectacle frame, I know I do.  We all worry “Do these glasses suit me?” “Does the frame go with my colouring and face shape?”. Many of us invest in some decent lenses to ensure we have the best vision possible. But then what? So often I see people cleaning their glasses with the edge of a tee-shirt or jumper!? Or even worse not cleaning them at all, some peoples lenses are so grimey that they look foggy and some have green or even worse, black nose pads. Yuck!!!!! Read on and I will tell you how to keep your gorgeous new glasses looking brand new for longer.

Love your lenses

According to my Mum (Sheryl) there hundreds of different lens coatings out there. If you give her or my sister Abi a chance they’ll bore us talking about them for hours. They talk about things like transmission rates, residual blooms and anti-static properties, blah, blah blah!  For those of us who aren’t lens geeks, there are 2 basic types of spectacle lenses-coatings. Hard-coats (Scratch resistant) and anti-reflection (Stops you seeing your eye looking back at you). In my humble opinion, the anti-reflection coated lenses are best. They reduce reflections (a must if you use a computer) and give you crisper vision. My fiance Simon likes them for the help they give when he is driving. They help to reduce the glare of oncoming headlights.  Hard Coated lenses are a more basic lens but require similar-looking after. The hard coating is only scratch-resistant, it isn’t scratch proof. Only diamonds are scratch-proof, so I’ve heard. By knowing the best way to clean and take care of your lenses and frames you will get the very best out of your glasses and probably extend their lifetime.

How to Clean your Coated lenses

To find out if your lenses have a coating on them, look at them under bright light. If they seem to have a purple or green tinge on the surface they have an anti-reflection coating on them. Lenses with an anti-reflection coating require a bit more attention and you will probably want to clean them more often than a standard uncoated lens. This isn’t because they get dirtier, it’s simply that any marks on the lenses are much more noticeable. Xanthe Doe talks about how to clean your spectacles It’s good to wash your lenses and frame every day using warm soapy water. Always use a gentle soap (Mum always says to use any soap you can wash your face with is fine) and plenty of warm water. Gently pat your spectacles dry with a soft cloth and polish them with your cloth. For coated lenses use a special microfibre cloth as these absorb the grease from the surface of your lenses. “Why are microfibre cloths so special”? I hear you ask! Well, if you don’t use the microfibre cloth, then the grease will get smudged all around the lenses and you’ll probably end up with dirtier glasses than when you started. Don’t forget to wash your cloth regularly too. Mum is always recommending that her clients pop their spec cloths in the washing machine once a week, with the tea-towels. But never put fabric conditioner in with them. 

Don’t use tissues!

Please DON’T, whatever you do, use tissues to clean your spectacles! They are very abrasive and can damage your coating. Also, DON’T use washing up liquid to clean your lenses, it’s far too harsh and sooner or later a ‘filmy’ layer will build up on your lenses that is extremely hard to shift! It’s a good idea to keep a spray specifically designed for lenses to hand throughout the day. At Allegro Optical we use a specially formulated spray in all our practices. Our spray lens cleaner removes all traces of grease and those pesky day to day products such as hairspray,  perfume and aftershave. It even has a lovely fragrance! This spray is one of the best ways to clean camera lenses and tablet screens as well! We also have a soap-based spray if you wish to carry something a little smaller with you. At Allegro Optical we have teamed up with our lens manufacturer who provides a lovely microfibre bag for cleaning and storing your glasses. And as we said the microfibre bag can be washed in your washing machine if it starts to look grubby. 

How to Clean your Uncoated Lenses

If you have uncoated lenses or lenses with just a hard scratch-resistant coating you’ll notice they don’t require as much attention as a coated lens. Dirt doesn’t show up as much on an uncoated lens, but they do get just as dirty. It’s only once you’ve cleaned them that you realise just how dirty they really are! Xanthe Doe talks about how to clean your spectacles We advise you to wash your lens cloth every day if you have uncoated lenses. Also don’t forget to wash your frame every day, again using a gentle soap. Again pat your glasses dry with a soft cloth. You then just need to polish your lenses with your lint-free cloth. As before I recommend that you avoid using tissue as it will damage your lenses. Once a lens is scratched, scratches cannot be removed.

Love your eyewear

With all that in mind, you will now be able to look after your beautiful new glasses and get the very best out of your new eyewear. If you aren’t lucky enough to own a pair of beautiful glasses from Allegro Optical, all is not lost.  Did you know we’re the only Optician in Saddleworth and Meltham with two qualified Dispensing Opticians & three qualified Optometrists available to assist you? They all work together to provide you with award-winning eyecare and absolutely stunning eyewear.  Our optometrists can detect Glaucoma, Diabetes, Macular Degeneration, Cataract, and much more. Thanks to our 3D OCT scan they can detect these conditions up to four years earlier than traditional methods. It doesn’t just stop with the eye examination. All Allegro Optical’s Dispensing Opticians are qualified professionals and they are all registered with the General Optical Council. At many optical outlets, glasses are dispensed by unqualified staff or optical assistants. This can lead to serious errors and affect your vision. ‪Always make sure you’re tested & dispensed by qualified professionals‬.

Award-winning eye-care

In the last twelve months, Allegro Optical has scooped no less than five national and regional awards. These awards include the National ‘Best New Arts & Entertainment Business of the Year at a gala event in London. Managing Director Sheryl Doe (My Mum) was awarded the 2019 Dispensing Optician of the Year and she was a finalist in the AOP Dispensing Optician of the year 2020. Allegro Optical’s cutting edge approach to dispensing and their musical experience has led to our team being shortlisted for the prestigious Opticians Awards, Optical Assistant team of the year 2020 If you want peace of mind and would like to experience award-winning eyecare, or just call the Allegro Optical team on Meltham 01484 907090 or Greenfield on 01457 353100
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Dispensing Optician Claire looks at the History of two Cult Eyewear Brands

Two Cult Eyewear Brands, a brief history

There are hundreds of brands associated with eyewear, but few have a history which has stood the test of time. It is always interesting to see how a company has grown. Usually from humble origins and through tough economic climates. Quality prevails and here is the history of just 2 of the quality brands we stock at Allegro Optical.

Anglo American

No one is sure when this brand came to be, but at some point around 1881 an Englishman named Stanley Druiff set off for the U.S for the procurement of fountain pens, watches & spectacles to sell back in Britain. Only the sale of the spectacles succeeded! In fact, so successful was he, that he went on to found The Anglo-American School of Optics, an educational training service. The school offered personal tuition or lessons by correspondence. In this 1902 advertisement, (Now owned by the British College of Optometrists) it claims to be the ‘Oldest School of its kind in this country’, with the aim of turning out the ‘thorough refractionist’. 

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In 1947 the company was bought from Druiff’s descendants by optician Arthur Jenkin. With the commencement of the NHS in 1948 demand for frames increased dramatically. Imports from the U.S ceased during WW2 and resumed again in 1955. Jenkins’ son, Lawrence, left Britain in 1967 and headed for New York to learn the trade of spectacle making. He first worked as a dispenser for a high-class optical practice where he found himself amongst celebrity clients such as Paul Newman & Greta Garbo. Inspired by such clients, he went on to do some freelance design. Ultimately backed by American money, manufactured frames in volume for the first time. The business grew very successfully and by the 1980’s boasted a Park Avenue, New York practice and gained a huge following still popular today.

Lawrence Jenkins CEO Anglo American
Lawrence Jenkins CEO Anglo American Optical

Oliver Goldsmith

In 1926 Philip Oliver Goldsmith was a salesman for the large optical firm Raphael’s Ltd. He started hand-making spectacles at premises in London and established his own company to sell them at 4 guineas a pair. Goldsmith developed the first flesh coloured frame in an aim to make specs more unobtrusive. 

Philip Oliver Goldsmith with his mobile showroom and driver in the 1920s
Philip Oliver Goldsmith with his mobile showroom and driver in the 1920s

In 1936 his son Charles joined the company and it was he who recognized their true fashion potential. Ornamental frames were made to coordinate with clothing and featured jewels and metal inserts. 

During World War Two, Oliver Goldsmith was seconded by the government to make prescription glasses for the armed forces. ‘My grandfather said the most distressing aspect of work at the time was getting the “dead list” who no longer needed spectacles made for them,’ Oliver Goldsmith recalled.

The firm still produced glasses, but form was not as important as function. The gas mask spectacle was in great demand at the time – with ultra-thin temples and small diameter lenses.

Two years after the war finished, Oliver (Philip) Goldsmith died suddenly. He had kept a health condition secret from his family for some time. His son, Charles Goldsmith, who had worked at the company since the age of 16, assumed the name Oliver when he took over the business.

Charles Oliver Goldsmith trade stand

A new era

After his father’s passing, the company sold sunglasses to high-class establishments such as Harrod’s. He began advertising in British magazines including Tatler and Harper’s Bazaar. Celebrity endorsements helped their fame and it is known that before marrying, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer commissioned spectacles from them to match Lady Diana’s dresses.

Oliver Goldsmith spectacles soon became synonymous with high quality, sought-after eyewear and are still going strong today.

We have a wide selection of Anglo American and Oliver Goldsmith frames here at Allegro Optical, so why not call in and try some on? We’re sure you’ll love them!

Blog by Claire Atkinson

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William Morris eyewear – Designed in London and unashamedly British

William Morris eyewear is proud to be British

1996 was quite a year, Bill Clinton was re-elected President, Oprah Winfrey started her famous book club. Incredibly the Macarena became a worldwide hit. 1996 was also the year in which Robert Morris created British eyewear brand William Morris London. Robert’s aim was to create a very ‘English’ brand, providing designer glasses to every audience, offering superb original designs which continually evolve.

William Morris black label collection

From very humble beginnings, William Morris London has grown to become a global name in eyewear fashion. However, the philosophy and brand attributes of William Morris London remain as strong today as they were all those years ago. In a corporate saturated world, where the majority of ophthalmic designer brands are mass-produced by just three manufacturers.  William Morris’s ‘family’ values set them apart and it’s what their customers appreciate.

With the “Big Three” producing an incredible 20% of the world spectacle frames and over 50% of the Global “Luxury” Sunglasses, eyewear can look bit samey. At Allegro Optical we love something a little different, we’re also very patriotic. So it made sense to us to welcome William Morris eyewear into our practices in Holmfirth and Saddleworth.

Robert-Morris William Morris from Allegro Optical

24 years of growth

From humble beginnings in a small room crammed with frames, Robert William Morris grew his vision into a global brand. Through a combination of hard work, dedication and a big vision Robert championed British design. William Morris frames are now an accessory that people, the world over,  want to be seen in. William Morris eyewear expresses the incredible depth of culture across the UK and in particular London. We love the Black Label and The Gallery Collections.

Black Label

The William Morris Black Label Collection is just one range from this very British optical frame maestro. The Black Label Collection harks back to the swinging 60’s, a time of style and innovation.  The Black Label designs are reminiscent of those iconic spectacle frames from the classic films of the cinema era.  

William Morris Black Label Victoria C3

William Morris BLJess C1  Coupled with the love and pride that goes into creating the frames is the same level of hard work, dedication and personal service that each member of the William Morris London team strives to give their customers on a daily basis.

Using the very finest materials such as colour rich acetates, combined with distinguished brass and silver accents, these features highlight the William Morris monogram.  With exhilarating design details and an individual colour palette, it’s little wonder that William Morris Black Label has become a market leader.  

The Gallery Collection

Featuring 12 of the most popular William Morris prints from 1880 to 1905. The Gallery Collection celebrates the Arts and Crafts Movement of the 19th and early 20th century. The collection has been described as “British art meets craft,” and it comprises of 12 contemporary optical frames. With designs for both men and women, the range pays homage to William Morris prints. With the intricate designs featured on the inside of the arms or temple tips.

William Morris Millefleurs C1

Millefleurs (1914) — This beautiful cat-eye inspired frame with acetate rims and metallic hinges offers a bold and daring look. Following with brushed matt and glossy temples that provide radiant hues and an elegant finish. Millefleurs print covers the inside temple tips, which was a revival of the medieval European Tapestries and inspired from Morris’ love for nature and florals. Comes with free matching case and bag.

The 12 classic prints featured in the collection are Corncockle (1883), Bourne (1905), Brother Rabbit (1882), Golden Lily (1897), Lodden (1884), Millefleurs (1914), Poppy (1880), Riverwind (1881-83),  Seaweed (1901), The Strawberry Thief (1883), Wandle (1884) and Willow Bough (1887).

Each frame is sold with a fabulous matching print, magnetic flat-folding case, with a coordinating cleaning cloth. A percentage of each sale will be donated to the William Morris Gallery to help continue its important work of art preservation and education.

Why come to Allegro Optical

Saddleworth’s newest optician, Allegro Optical has been recognised for providing one of the best customer experiences in the country. Allegro Optical Opticians has been named as finalists in the Optical Assistant Team of the Year. The award recognises a team of optical staff that have demonstrated excellence in customer service and patient care. 

To find out more about our William Morris collection or any of our other brands, products or services, contact us here today.  Alternatively, you can call one of our two optician practices today on  Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090.