Parrelli Optical



1 Porter Square Cambridge, MA 02140 (Inside Porter Sq. Mall)
(617) 864-7005 office
(617) 864-3250 fax
Tue – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wed – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thur – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday – CLOSED
Monday – CLOSED

View Larger Map


John Parrelli, RDO, FCLSA, NCLE-AC

John Parrelli, RDO, FCLSA, NCLE-AC, the founder of Parrelli Optical, is a licensed optician, contact lens specialist, and certified refractionist. He is a member of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts, the Contact Lens Society of America, and the National Academy of Opticianry. He primarily sees patients in the Cambridge and Beverly offices. John’s interest in optics began in his early teens and was nurtured by several mentors in the industry. In 1978, after 18 years of working for and learning from other professionals, he was ready to strike out on his own and opened the first Parrelli Optical office at 62 Boylston Street in Boston, MA. As the practice has grown, John has never lost sight of his core values or his enthusiasm for tackling the most challenging cases, which has become the practice’s specialty. “It’s the challenging fits — either spectacles or contact lenses — that drive me. I believe that every patient can be helped, and I won’t stop until we’ve achieved great vision for even the most challenging case.”

Jonathan Parrelli, RDO, FCLSA, NCLE-AC

Jonathan Parrelli, RDO, FCLSA,NCLE-AC, inherited his father’s love of a challenge, and desire to meet the visual demands of the individual. He earned an associate’s degree in optics from Middlesex Community-Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Merrimack College. He is a licensed optician, a certified refracting optician, and a contact lens fitter, specializing in cosmetic and therapeutic rigid gas permeable contact lenses. Jonathan is a member of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts, Contact Lens Society of America, and a fellow of the National Academy of Opticianry. He has taught contact lens theory and fitting technique at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston. Jonathan is a clinical advisor for several manufacturers and is actively involved in the development of new contact lens designs. “People tell me I am a perfectionist and passionate about my work. That’s because I am driven by the satisfaction I gain from helping patients improve their vision and quality of life.”

Matthew B. Johnson

Matthew B. Johnson, RDO, ABOC, NCLEC joined Parrelli Optical in April 2012. As an accomplished American Board Certified Optician, Matt has logged in over 18 years of industry experience ranging from management of high volume production labs producing hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses per day, to designing and handcrafting “one of a kind” specialty eyewear creations which have been featured in notable publications such as Eyewear Business Magazine and the Boston Globe! Raised with an engineering background, he draws on his vast optical experience to help each customer design the perfect pair of eyeglasses for them. Matt is also an accomplished fashion photographer having a passionate eye for artistic form as well as function.

Matthew Benson

Matthew Benson, RDO, ABOC, NCLEC, joined the Parrelli Optical staff in April of 2013. He is an experienced, licensed, dispensing optician for the state of Massachusetts. With a career spanning over 14 years in the optical industry, Matt has excelled in many areas of Opticianry from restructuring optical labs to training and coaching new opticians, and developing future lab managers. His tenure running optical labs for high volume retail locations has allowed him to hone his manufacturing skills and enables him to design the best possible eyewear for customers based on their specific individual needs. To further expand his graduate education, Matt is currently working on his advanced certifications to obtain the title of Master Optician, and ultimately plans to specialize in the art of designing and fitting rigid gas permeable contact lenses with John Parrelli as his mentor and guide. Matt’s natural ability to lead has strengthened staff enthusiasm and pride in the Cambridge practice since he became part of the team. “Helping people see is the best feeling in the world! That magical moment when a patient looks at you and says, ‘Wow! I’ve never been able to see this well before!’ leaves me feeling fulfilled by my work and eager to never stop learning, teaching, and striving to be the best optician I can be”.

Our Independent Optometrists

Margot Seligman, O.D.

Margot Seligman, O.D., earned her doctor of optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry, where she was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Prior to her affiliation with Parrelli Optical in 1994, she practiced at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Seligman specializes in primary eye care with an emphasis on preventive care, including the effects of nutrition and lifestyle on health, particularly eye health. She also specializes in glaucoma detection, using the latest technology, including the Humphrey Field Analyzer and scanning laser polarimetry (GDx). Dr Seligman co-manages surgical cataract and LASIX patients with many of the leading ophthalmologists in the Boston area. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometry.

Scott Sylvia, O.D.

Scott Sylvia, O.D., earned his doctor of optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry. He also has an MBA in health care administrative management and marketing from Bryant College, and a BS from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. Before coming to Parrelli Optical in 2010, Dr. Sylvia had his own practice in Cambridge. Prior to that, he was a staff optometrist at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Rhode Island for eight years, where he chaired and served on many committees. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, and other professional organizations.

Blair O’Reilly, O.D.

Blair O’Reilly, O.D., is a Massachusetts Licensed Optometrist who enjoys practicing all aspects of modern optometry. He is highly trained in the clinical diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular diseases and vision anomalies. Dr. O’Reilly provides comprehensive general and urgent eye care for patients of all ages including contact lens fittings and co-management of surgery patients. He evaluates and manages patients for such conditions as dry eye, diabetes, glaucoma, cataract, and macular degeneration.

Dr. O’Reilly earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Georgia State University, from which he graduated with honors. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at the New England College of Optometry in Boston. His clinical training included rotations at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Manchester, NH; the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Hudson Valley, NY; and at Upham’s Corner Community Health Center in Boston, MA, where he received Clinical Honors. Dr. O’Reilly is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometry.

When not in the office Dr. O’Reilly enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Directions: Located across from the Porter Square T stop on the Red Line in the Porter Square Galleria. The mall is located on the corner of White Street and Somerville Avenue. Free parking in the rear of the building off White Street. Our building, as well as our exam lanes, are handicap accessible.