Welcome to Burton Optician—
Eyewear with a personal
point of view.
You'll find Burton Optician located on a quiet, tree-lined street in Georgetown, just a block northwest of the intersection of M and Wisconsin.

Since 1989 Burton Optician has established a reputation for stylish frames and superbly ground lenses in a charming and relaxed atmosphere.  Owner Virginia Burton has over thirty years of experience and takes care of each customer personally.

In addition to beautiful eyewear, Burton Optician also carries lovely letterpress cards, made the old fashioned way by artisans in Maine and Washington State.
virginia burton photo
Virginia Burton
burton optician prospect street nw
Dear Friends,

After 31 amazing years, Burton Optician has closed. I will miss you all, and I am so grateful for the love you have shown me.

However, I have great news! Despite the current economic chaos and corona-craziness, I have found two wonderful women to take care of you! Oksana Thornton and Farzana Alam are moving into the space at 3252 Prospect Street, NW. Both are highly qualified opticians with nothing but rave reviews from their customers, sales reps, and everyone who has met them, including me. Both are known for their superlative customer service and their ability to solve complex optical problems. They will honor all warranties and repairs for glasses that you bought from me and will continue the tradition of beautiful frames and delightful service.

Their official opening will be a few months away as they are busy repainting and putting their own stamp on the shop. In the meantime, if you need your glasses adjusted, they’ll be glad to see you by appointment. The phone number will be the same: 202-965-0346, but for the time being, email will be a better option for communication.

I have not given them your email addresses, but I urge you to reply to them at this address info@ProspectOptika.com in order to find out their schedules, details about opening, announcements of trunk shows and so on. I know that you will make friends with them and continue to support a small independent optical shop. Also, please let your friends know about this. My lack of tech savvy means that my email list has only a few addresses!

Finally, let me take a moment to thank three people who have been instrumental in the success of Burton Optician. My darling brother, Nick Hinds, lent me the money to open my shop in the middle of a recession in 1989. Alex Meeraus, my wonderful landlord and dear friend, is a true believer in small businesses being essential to the quality of life. And Royce Burton, my beloved husband and best friend for the last fifty years, has supported and encouraged me to follow my dreams. There are not enough words in Roget’s Thesaurus to express my gratitude.

Love, Virginia

burton optican georgetown

3252 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

I’ve got a theme song! Compliments of my friends at http://www.jenihankins.com and https://www.billykemp.com.

View Larger Map

Virginia Burton, optician, dishes the dirt in the Washington Post Magazine on Rick Perry, the Clintons, and a theory that people who wear glasses have big brains—

Virginia Burton of Burton Optician gives tips on finding fashionable and functional eyewear for boomers—
View the video »

Virginia Burton of Burton Optician gives tips on finding fashionable and functional eyewear for boomers—
View the video »

Washingtonian Magazine, February 2007, "Seeing Clearly"—
View the article »

Lafont: Fabulous use of color,  beautiful shapes, and très, très French.
L.A. Eyeworks: Ah, to be young and hip and in L. A. -- or at least look that way.
Wolf Schnuchel: Handmade in Germany with Teutonic precision.  Bespoke versions available at no extra cost.
Kala Eyewear: Classic styles in beautiful Italian acetate at very affordable prices -- because they're made in America!
Grant/Italia: Wild colors, very thin metals, and small sizes.
Anglo American: Handmade copies of your favorite old frame, or something new from their own line.
Toki: Japanese engineering and elegance at its best.
Henry Jullien: Gold-filled frames in classic designs.  Superb quality since 1921.  You'll wear them forever!
Sospiri: The word means "sigh" in Italian and you will be sighing "Bellisima, bellisima" when you slip on an exquisitely jeweled frame, handmade in the mountains of Italy.
© Burton Optician 2005-. All Rights Reserved. InnovativeIdentity