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.
“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.
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.
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).
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.