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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.

The service is available by appointment only.

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

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 for your appointment, we’ll have your selected specs ready for you to try on.

Reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic means following new precautions and workflows to ensure that every patient has a safe experience when visiting MIT Optical:

  • By appointment only. To make an appointment, dial 617-258-LENS or send an email to MITOptical@med.mit.edu.
  • Masks required at all times for staff and patients.
  • Two customers at a time with social distancing. Please let us know if someone is coming to your appointment with you, so that we may schedule accordingly.
  • Gloves are mandatory for handling any frames.
  • Enhanced sanitization procedures:
    • All frames are cleaned with a disinfectant solution.
    • All equipment is disinfected between appointments.
    • All surfaces are disinfected between appointments.
    • Hand sanitizer is available on each dispensing table.

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.
  • Make an appointment. Call 617-258-5367 or send an email to MITOptical@med.mit.edu. Appointments are available Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. You must have an appointment; walk-ins are not accepted.
  • Be ready for your appointment:
    • Email the order form before your appointment.
    • Bring your prescription with you to your appointment.
  • Get your new safety glasses. MIT Optical will let you know when your glasses are ready (usually 7–10 business days) and will make an appointment for you to pick them up. 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. appointments preferred

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