MIT Optical (Eyeglasses)


MIT Optical is a full-service optical store specializing in quality eyewear and frame repairs for the MIT community at a reasonable cost.

We offer hundreds of eyeglass frames at heavily discounted prices, including major brands and designer frames from all over the world. We even have frames costing less than $100. We also offer a large selection of specialty eyewear for swimming, cycling, scuba diving, racquet sports, and other activities.

With MIT Optical’s online frame gallery, you can browse thousands of styles, and try on frames virtually before you come. 

See a pair (or a few pairs) you love? Click on the heart icon to add them to your wish list. When you’re finished browsing, click “Wish List” at the top right to send us your list of favorite frames. When you come in, we’ll have your selected specs ready for you to try on.

Ordering prescription safety glasses at MIT Optical

  • Get approval from your supervisor or principal investigator (PI). If you don't have approval, MIT Optical will charge your credit card for part of the cost. To make sure MIT pays for your glasses, you need to complete the top two sections of the prescription eyeglasses order form — especially the cost object/general ledger account numbers.
  • Make sure your prescription is up to date. Your prescription can be from your own eye doctor or from MIT Medical’s Eye Service. But you can’t use a prescription that is more than two years old.
  • Be ready for your visit: Bring your prescription with you when you come.
  • Get your new safety glasses. MIT Optical will let you know when your glasses are ready (usually 7–10 business days). They will make any necessary adjustments to your glasses when you pick them up. You will need to sign for the glasses when you pick them up.
E23, first floor
M–F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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