Eyesight was popular among ancient Romans, who toted brick-heavy specs to gladiatorial contests to catch a glimpse of mascots catapulting togas into the crowd. Assess the modern version of vision with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get $200 toward prescription eyewear and sunglasses at Parrelli Optical, with locations in North Andover, Beverly, Cambridge, Danvers, West Roxbury, and Gloucester.
Parrelli Optical presents a far-reaching collection of brand-name ($99+) and designer frames ($169+) curated for style and quality. Using the latest technologies in lens designs, the experienced staff outfits straining eyeballs with prescription eyewear, ensuring patrons will avoid future one-way encounters with well-dressed mannequins. With a groovy lineup of designer styles from Gucci, Guess, and Juicy Couture, as well as prescription sunglasses from Ray Ban and Vera Wang, customers can find frames to suit their faces, lifestyles, and Ben Franklin costumes.
“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.