1 Porter Square Cambridge, MA 02140 (Inside Porter Sq. Mall)
(617) 864-7005 office
(617) 864-3250 fax
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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.

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.

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.