Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, this nationally recognized and trusted eye-care center now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well-trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. They'll help navigate a nearly endless array of sight-enhancing options: house lines of simple, durable frames and lenses, designer frames from Versace and DKNY, prescription Ray-Ban shades, and contact lenses to suit the chemistry of even sensitive sets of eyes.
Arcade Optical has been fostering ocular health since 1990. The shop's onsite optometrist examines eyes using classic tools such as phoropters and eye charts made from jumbled-up haiku poems. Once patients know their vision, they can have lenses placed into frames from Gucci, BCBG, Bebe, and other designers that line the shop's walls and display cases.
The patient care subsidiary of The New England College of Optometry, New England Eye is an emporium of eyeglasses and sunglasses that specializes in exceptional eyecare and community outreach. The eye-friendly organization showcases more than 2,000 frames from 30 top brands, including Coach, Giorgio Armani, and Silhouette ($150–$350 for complete eyeglasses). The aesthetically trained optical curators at New England Eye can help you find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, Jeopardy ability, or fashion sense. Pick up a pair of Ray-Ban aviators ($160) or elegantly accent your façade with Coach or Oakley designer sunglasses ($200–$250), which can be upgraded to prescription lenses in the VIP booth for an additional $120.
Established in 2010, EyeSpot is a one-of-a-kind eyewear destination: customers can meet with an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam, have an ophthalmologist review the resulting diagnostic scans, and be fitted for new eyeglasses by an optician—all in a single visit.
At its three locations in Harvard Square, South End, and Jamaica Plain, the Eye Q Optical team works to outfit clients with original frame styles. Most designs are its own innovations, manufactured in-house with inspiration from iconic eras and modern designers visiting from a far-off future. The Aphrodite frames play subtly on traditional cat-eyed styles, and the Apollo frames accentuate faces with bold rectangular shaping and primary blue colors.
The Eye Q Optical team also carries frames by artistic independent makers including Rapp Eyewear, who hand-finishes its colorful frames in Toronto, and Rolf Eyewear, who manufactures frames and hinges entirely out of wood. In the Cambridge office, the Eye Q opticians collaborate with digital 3-D-fitting technology and a highly opinionated robot to select the perfect frames for each client.
Dr. Samir Melki is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has performed thousands of corrective eye surgeries (including one on Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Rice) and authored three textbooks on the subject. Before receiving the vision-enhancing surgery, Dr. Melki will examine your eyes to determine your eligibility for the treatment. (If you are ineligible, you will receive a full refund.) There are some important things you should expect before, during, and after surgery, and the FDA recommends refraining from wearing contact lenses two weeks prior to surgery. After the surgery, you'll get all the follow-up care you need to guarantee success. Call ahead to schedule a consultation.