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BEST Optical Shop

2012 BEST Optical Shop

Eye Q Optical

Boston

Unless you’re the superhip type who owns a pair of glasses for every occasion, you probably only go shopping for specs every few years. So, given the speed of the fashion industry, you’re due for an update. While Eye Q… read more»

2011 BEST Optical Shop, Casual

See Eyewear

Cambridge

Hip and affordable eyewear, thy name is See. Frames here come in all manner of colorful, mod styles, with new designs rolling in regularly. Throw in the occasional half-off sale and a respectable smattering of sunglasses and kids’ frames, and… read more»

2011 BEST Optical Shop, Upscale
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Lunette Optic

Boston

Dazzling eyewear doesn’t mean a thing without an eye for fitting it properly. Lunette Optic’s premium inventory is enhanced by its savvy employees, who’ll tell you which frames are best for your fac—then work to make sure the final product… read more»

2010 BEST Optical Shop
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Vizio Optic

Brookline

This petite Brookline Village shop is a four-time Best of Boston winner, and for good reason: Vizio Optic’s top-notch service starts with the on-site optometrist and ends with the 360-degree photo booth, which allows buyers to see how those glasses… read more»

2009 BEST Optical Shop
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Vizio Optic

Brookline

Squint through those frumpy, outdated spectacles of yours and take a good look around this sleek Brookline Village shop. You’ll readily appreciate the cache of 1,000 or so designer frames, dotted with cult brands (Kamuro, Kata) and European faves (Face… read more»

2008 BEST Optical Shop

Harvard Square Eye Care

Cambridge

Since a world-class education calls for plenty of high-caliber peering and scrutinizing, we weren’t surprised to find our winner within a tome’s throw of Harvard and MIT. Expanded last year to a second location, the doctor-owned Harvard Square Eye Care… read more»

2007 BEST Optical Shop
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Vizio Optic

Brookline

Galina Rabkin can’t stand a smudged lens any more than she can abide a crooked frame. The petite Russian-born optometrist is a perfectionist through and through, and she’s arranged her spare Brookline Village boutique accordingly: Polished specs by Chanel, Prada,… read more»

2006 BEST Optical Shop
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Vizio Optic

Brookline

Hey, four eyes: Glasses don’t have to be unsightly. Vizio Optic optometrist and co-owner Dr. Galina Rabkin carries more than 1,000 pairs of rimless lenses, titanium frames, and bejeweled plastic specs from hundreds of brands like Bulgari, Prada, and Porsche…. read more»

2005 BEST Optical Shop

Q Optical

Boston

Optical issues are somber enough, so we love a spectacles shop that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Such is the case at Q Optical, where visitors are greeted by whimsical, four-eyed steel sculptures and treated to fun and fancy frames… read more»

2004 BEST Optical Shop

Eye Q Optical

Cambridge, Boston

It’s always the question when buying glasses—stick to the tried-and-true or dare for a new look? Eye Q not only has some of the trendiest new frames, they’ll make it easier to take chances with a one-month, no-questions-asked exchange policy…. read more»