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.
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Virginia Burton
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What a wonderful thirty years it’s been since I opened Burton Optician! And while I certainly won't be working another thirty years, I’m far from ready to retire. I love my customers and it is so much fun helping you choose glasses that not only make you see better, but make you look better, too!

However, at this point, I’m ready to take life a little easier. With that in mind, I’ve promised myself longer and more frequent vacations (and not always to Texas, either!) as well as a shorter work week. Beginning in July, the shop will be open only three days a week: Thursday to Saturday, from ten until six.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support of a very small, and very independent, business!


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3252 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Hours Thursday - Saturday
10am - 6pm
Holidays The shop will always be closed on January 1st, July 4th, December 25th, and Thanksgiving Day.
Additional Closings The shop will be closed July 21 through August 7

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

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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—
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Virginia Burton of Burton Optician gives tips on finding fashionable and functional eyewear for boomers—
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Washingtonian Magazine, February 2007, "Seeing Clearly"—
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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.
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