Glasses provide their wearers with clearer vision, a fashionable accessory, and a shield from birds crashing into the soul's windows. Protect your spirit shields with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $200 toward a complete pair of eyeglasses at Eye Q Optical. Today's deal is valid at Eye Q's locations in Boston, Cambridge, or Jamaica Plain.
Eye Q Optical boasts an eclectic array of eyeglass styles, most of which are designed by the store's own team of blurred-vision vanquishers. Adorn sparsely decorated façades with Eye Q's exclusive frame lines, such as the bold, colorful Amp collection or vintage-inspired relics ($249+; $149+ for prescription lenses). A complete frame-and-lenses set of Takeo Kikuchi titanium temple-huggers ($199) allows for easy world viewings, and an all-inclusive pair of Japanese-grown Kisura double monocles ($199) can give optical orbs a shield from low-flying mosquito skywriters. Like door-to-door Super Glue salesmen, German-born Mykita frames shun the use of screws, sending repair kits the way of VCRs and scripted television, and RayBurn sunglasses keep harmful UV rays from trespassing on ocular territory.
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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.