In Memory Of Our Founder

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, 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 teaches 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.”

Jeffrey S. Bird, RDO, ABO-M, NCLE-AC.After working with industrial optics for several years, Jeffrey discovered professional eyewear design. Returning to school, he prepared for the certification examination at the Optical Institute of New England while working as an apprentice optician. Jeffrey was licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Registered Dispensing Optician in 1978. In addition, he holds accreditation from the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLC). His continued studies, writings and wide ranging experience lead to designation as a Master Optician in 1996. His commitment to life-long learning saw Jeffrey receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Salem State College in order to assure the company’s business practices rival the patient satisfaction levels that their professional services provided.The success in this arena has seen Parrelli Optical voted “Best on the Northshore” routinely over the last ten years. Today, Jeffrey specializes in contact lens fitting, with a particular interest in lenses for astigmatism and corrections for the bifocal wearer.“I am relentless in my pursuit of the comfort and vision of my contact lens patients.”