Dr. Martin E. Cutler’s more than 30 year career is defined by his mastery of new technology. In the ‘70s, he was one of the first area doctors to offer no-stitch cataract lens replacement. Today, he helps patients reduce their dependence on glasses with LASIK and makes reading glasses obsolete with conductive keratoplasty, the first FDA-approved procedure that sharpens one’s up-close vision and makes Moby Dick easier to understand.
Alongside Dr. Cutler’s opthalmology center stands a medical spa staffed by licensed aestheticians. With the aid of the Palomar StarLux system, they harness the power of intense pulse light to oust unwanted fuzz from anywhere on the body. They also pair facials with botanical Nelly de Vuyst products and deep-clean pores with PCA chemical peels, and offer free skin analyses to help patients find the best course of treatment or the best way to flaunt a Jay Leno–shaped birthmark.
With more than 12,000 successful LASIK and refractive procedures performed to date, Dr. Nilesh M. Sheth continues to practice his vision-boosting craft with well-honed expertise. Famous public figures have restored their sight under his steady hand, including Law & Order actor John Fiore, U.S. Senator Scott Brown, and Boston Celtics superstar and two-time elementary-school class president Jo Jo White. Together with TPA-certified optometrist Dr. Audra Rowse, Dr. Sheth honors the Sheth-Horsley Eye Center’s half century of high-quality eye care with treatments ranging from senior eye care to cosmetic procedures to repair droopy eyes and wrinkles and corrective surgeries to sharpen vision without the need for glasses or contacts.
The doctor is aided in his fight against astigmatism, cataracts, nearsightedness, and farsightedness with leading edge high tech tools including: excimer lasers, microkeratome blades, Wavefront Custom LASIK, and femtosecond lasers.
Behind the boutique's crisp brick façade, optometrist Dr. Laura Martin meticulously cares for client eyes, leaving them both looking and seeing better. She addresses a variety of issues through services such as exams, dry-eye treatment, and frame fittings. Frames wear designer labels ranging from Gucci, Prada, and Jaguar, allowing customers to outfit their oculi in prescription style. To fill in the hollow hearts of these empty frames, the boutique keeps a selection of lenses including progressive lenses, sunglass lenses, and five varieties of contacts.
“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.
Look + See's eyewear studio is as swanky as any art gallery, with pale-green walls lined with mirrors and sculpture-esq wooden shelves displaying glasses. Their stock of fashionable frames from around the world was smelted in the factories of top designers. Frames from OGI run between $100-$269, Vera Wang rims cost $150-$280, and Gotti’s chic eyeball offsetters are $315-$558.