“It’s the challenging fits—either spectacles or contact lenses—that drive me," writes optician John Parrelli on his website. Since opening his first shop in 1978, these challenges have included cataract sufferers who were left without binocular vision following surgery. Parrelli and his team of lens specialists experimented with different materials, designs, and indices of refraction until they could fabricate a lens thin and strong enough to restore these patients’ sight.
Today, Parrelli Optical has grown to six locations, where optometrists inspect patients' vision with a comprehensive, 15-point eye-health assessment and complete visual analysis. Through digital corneal photography, they're able to diagnose corneal disease and increase the precision and comfort of prescriptions. The locations also host a wide selection of designer frames, ideal for experimenting with different styles, such as wearing 20 frames at once.
Dr. George Violin, armed with nearly a quarter-century's worth of refractive-surgery experience, goes to battle with patients' misshaped corneas so they can enjoy functional sight without glasses or contact lenses. Instead of a traditional thin metal blade, the IntraLase procedure creates corneal flaps with rapid pulses of laser light, resulting in reshaped corneas that can heal faster and withstand awkward eye contact from strangers. Prior to the procedure, patients must come in for a complimentary consultation and pre-operative eye exam where the experienced staff will perform diagnostic tests to ensure that eyes are viable candidates for LASIK. After the surgery, which takes five to 10 minutes per eye (the entire appointment lasts about 45 minutes), patients will typically come in for follow-up visits throughout the next year to answer questions and remedy x-ray vision.
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.
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.
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.
The optometrists and licensed opticians at NEWTONeye aid ailing vision with a variety of lenses and 800 affordable and designer frames. Single-vision lenses ($100+) or progressive lenses ($300+) adjust near, middle, and distance sight without the inconvenient lines of bifocals, trifocals, or modified kaleidoscopes. High-quality frames ($170–$450) keep fashion and eyes forward with brand names such as Fendi, Gucci, and Calvin Klein. Though not included with today's deal, NEWTONeye's friendly optometrists can also perform comprehensive eye exams to evaluate eye health, calculate an appropriate prescription, and determine if a patient will ever be able to see a Magic Eye painting again.