Concord Optical is an independent optical shop with a focus on your family. We are located at 80 Thoreau Street in the Depot area of Concord Massachusetts. We have two Opticians on staff as well as two apprentice Opticians and an Optometrist.
Concord Optical has been happily helping people see better since 1968! We love Concord and try to reflect Concord’s values in our business philosophy. We integrate new technology with old world business values. We greet each patient who comes through our door as a friend. Some we have known for years and some are new, but everyone always leaves as friends! We love helping see the beauty in our world!
How We Work
We believe every pair of glasses we design should enhance your vision, protect your vision and make you look and feel your best. We work with our patients and get to know them, so we can guide them to the frame and lens combination which will work best for their visual needs!
Enhance Your Vision
In order to provide you with the best vision possible, our staff attends conferences and education classes across the country. Before bringing in new products we do extensive research to ensure the product it up to our standards and yours! We live and work in a beautiful part of the world and we want to ensure your glasses enhance your experience!
Protect Your Vision
Protecting your vision is a vital part of what we do at Concord Optical. Sight is a precious gift and it can be taken away with even a minor accident. We believe by wearing the correct frame in the correct situation we can help you protect your vision. We strive to make you look good and also keep you safe! We are able to fit safety glasses for most sports and hobbies regardless of your prescription.
Looking Your Best
Looking good is always important. Our staff strives to stay on top of the latest trends and fashions in order to fit you with a pair of glasses that not only helps you see better but also makes you love the way you look! Our selection includes trendy frame styles through classic styles is full of the trendy frames down to classic to ensure we have the best frame for your style!
Educating Our Customers
Buying eyewear can be a very confusing and overwhelming challenge. At Concord Optical we try to simplify this process by educating you about the lenses available for your prescription. We explain why one option may be better than another, but ultimately let you make the decision based on the information you are provided.
Meet Our Team
Susan O’Shea O.D.
Dr O’Shea entered the world of Optometry in not your conventional way. She was never taken for yearly check-ups as a child as she has always had 20/20 vision, she does not have any optometrists in her family, and in fact she is the first in her immediate family to even pursue higher education. Dr. O’Shea decided on optometry during her first year in undergraduate due to a family tragedy. Her 11-year-old cousin, who she was always able to care for, give medicine to when her mother couldn’t get her to take it, got accidentally stabbed in the eye with a scissor by a classmate during a class project. Her cousin suffered a retinal detachment, and subsequently lost the entire vision in her left eye. Dr. O’Shea felt helpless, walked into the library at her college and opened the big book of occupations, turned to ophthalmology and thought “surgery! oh, no!” Then, on the very next page, a very unfamiliar occupation entitled optometry caught her eye, and the rest is history.
After completing a bachelor of science, with a minor in economics, at Binghamton University, and then completing her doctorate of optometry at the New England College of Optometry, Dr. O’Shea went on to complete a residency in ocular disease at the V.A. Boston-West Roxbury.
Owner / Optician
George Jr. is the owner of Concord Optical. He cannot remember not working at Concord Optical. Often times you will hear him talking to long time customers about times when he was a child helping his parents clean the store.
He learned many things from his parents including their hard work and dedication to their patients. In 2006 when George’s father passed away he did not miss a step taking over and continuing the great reputation his father had built.
George Jr. has been a licensed Massachusetts optician since 1999. He earned his degree from the Worcester Technical Institute and has earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. He is American Board Opticianry advanced certified and National Contact Lens certified. Currently George works as an adjunct professor at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston. He is also a member of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts and is on the Board of Directors.
George says the favorite part of his job is helping people solve their visual problems.
Charles Leahy, O.D., M.S.
Dr. Leahy grew up here and he and his wife Teresa have raised three children in Concord, who attended the Concord schools and have gone on to attend Boston College, Holy Cross and West Point.
After completing his medical training in primary eye care in Boston at the New England College of Optometry, Dr. Leahy pursued a research degree in physiological optics from U. Cal Berkeley. Since then, Dr. Leahy has consulted with major contact lens companies, and performed clinical research studies on behalf of contact lens manufacturers, ophthalmic clinical research organizations, and for the FDA. He has invented and continues to develop a device for ophthalmic drug delivery.
While Dr. Leahy specializes in contact lenses, routine eye care is provided as well. We can offer testing for glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes and macular degeneration. If you are looking for surgical care for cataracts, laser vision correction or corneal disease, he can provide an objective assessment of your condition and recommend the best surgeons to manage your specific needs.
His primary practice is at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary in Boston, where he is nationally recognized for his skill and expertise in contact lens fitting and management of complex corneal cases, such as keratoconus, corneal transplants, astigmatism, allergies and dry eye. While he specializes in the complex, long-term success with routine contact lens wear is a special interest of his, and he spends much time educating patients with that goal in mind for them. As an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology for Harvard Medical School, he teaches ophthalmology and optometry residents.
Because of his research specialty, he is frequently one of the first to offer newer lens product introductions to his patients, such as daily disposable, sports performance, astigmatism or bifocal lenses, and custom made lenses for problem fits. We offer the full service optical of Concord Optical for people that use both contact lenses and glasses.
Should patients need access to specialty testing or diagnostic lens designs, Dr. Leahy can see them in Boston and then follow them here locally.
He offers convenient phone or online replacement ordering for lenses to be delivered to your door, and updates the contact lens information for you online after each visit.
Trish has been a licensed Optician since 1997. She is American Board Certified and National Contact Lens certified. She earned her degree from New Hampshire Technical Institute. She started working at Concord Optical as an intern while she was at school and has stayed on to become a vital member of our staff.
Trish says her favorite thing about working here is finding fashionable frames to make you look your best!
Lisa H. has been working at Concord Optical since 2009. She began working here as a bookkeeper. Slowly she learned more about the optical business and has become our lab guru. Her attention to detail and dedication to her craft is outstanding. Lisa in now American Board of Opticianry certified, and National Contact lens certified.
Lisa says her favorite part of her job is making a beautiful pair of glasses!
Owner / Apprentice Optician
Lisa B. also began as a part time bookkeeper while she was working at a daycare. Her job at first was to help run the day to day business operations of the store. Lisa soon discovered her love for sunglasses and eyeglass frames and we learned her skills were needed in different areas. She is American Board of Opticianry Certified and National Contact Lens Certified. Lisa has become our frame buyer. She works with our frame companies to choose the latest fashion in both eyeglasses and sunglasses for our office. She is constantly learning about new fashions and trends to keep our selection one of the best in town. Lisa is serves as an associate director to the Opticians Association of Massachusetts.
Lisa’s favorite part of her job is buying all the newest trends!
John Nastasi Opens Concord Optical on Main Street Concord
George Bourque is hired
George Bourque purchases store from John Natassi
Joan H. is hired
Concord Optical moves from Main street to 115 B Thoreau Street
Trish M. begins work as an intern
Joan H. Retires
George Bourque Jr is hired
Concord Optical moves to its current location 80 Thoreau Street
George Sr. passes away
Lisa H. joins Concord Optical
George Jr’s wife Lisa joins Concord Optical
Charles Leahy OD begins offering eye exams at Concord Optical
Dr. O’Shea joins Concord Optical