A clinical subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry, New England Eye wields advanced diagnostic equipment to clarify its clients’ viewpoints and designer frames to straighten sight lines in style. Lining the spectacle centers’ backlit walls, 2,000 frames from 30 name-brand eyewear architects, such as Gucci and Armani Exchange, clamor to settle on nose bridges while opticians stand by to advise on prescription and facial-contour compatibility. In about five days, single-vision lens bearers can upgrade their outlooks with couture-savvy Kate Spade ($200–$399 plus lenses) or Ray-Ban ($200–$399 plus lenses) frames or opt for wallet-conscious styles from Smart Frames ($79 plus lenses). Multifocal and progressive lenses require an extra couple of days to properly merge distance-specific sights into a harmonious landscape. Evade the sun’s stare or accompany a life-size Corey Hart cutout to an upcoming soiree by donning Coach ($200–$300, additional for prescription lenses) or Ray-Ban shades ($120–$180, additional for prescription lenses).
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
“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.
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.
Many view looking good and seeing well as dual goals attainable only by monocle-graced cyclopes. Envision your new visage with today's Groupon. For $50,you get $125 worth of frames and glasses lenses at Q Optical, Boston Magazine's pick for Best Eyeglasses in 2005. Located on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, right off the T Green Line, Q Optical specializes in high-end European frames and lenses that refract light with elegance and subtlety.
Boston Laser’s staff walk the cutting edge of focused light technologies to treat an array of ocular issues. After a consultation determines the viability of the treatment, a WaveScan maps out the fine topography of each eye so that the treatment can take every angle, curve, corneal shape, and corneal village into account. The laser device then incorporates the precision data produced by the scan into the corrective procedure, along with ongoing readings that adjust for the rotation of the eyes. The blade-free treatment itself only takes a few minutes—the exact time it takes to iron out face crinkles after squinting—and after one year, 96% of queried customers have reported being able to see well enough without glasses to perform most tasks, and 100% of customers reported at least 20/40 vision, allowing them to drive without glasses.