About Us

Our People Make the Difference

At The Eyeglass Place of Newington, we understand that a skilled optician is the key to helping you select the right eyewear. Without the expertise of a trained optician, the process of choosing from hundreds of styles, frames, lenses and materials can be daunting. Our licensed opticians listen carefully to your needs so they can choose the perfect eyewear for your features, lifestyle and your budget.

Karen L. Pizzitola, L.O., Owner

The Eyeglass Place of Newington would like to welcome Karen Pizzitola as its new owner. Karen brings with her an impressive 40 year career as a Licensed Optician in the State of Connecticut, most recently serving as the General Manager of a busy local practice for 9 years and a previous 20 years of experience as a General Manager in a Global Optical Retailer. Karen returns to The Eyeglass Place after spending time in the late 70’s learning and perfecting her trade in this very store. After many years in the Optical world, Karen made the heartfelt decision to purchase The Eyeglass Place in 2019 from her long-time friend with aspirations to keep the artistry of opticianry alive, something that is near and dear to her.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and rescue dogs as well as watercolor painting, re-purposing antique furniture and sport shooting. She holds a Master classification in Bulls-Eye and had the distinct honor to represent the USA on the esteemed Mayleigh Cup Team in Camp Perry Ohio in 2016.

Karen proudly specializes in problem solving the eyewear obstacles of individuals participating in range and sport activities as well as assisting our police and military with their unique eyewear needs.

Sarah Figueroa, L.O.

Sarah has been in the optical industry for over 20 years, beginning her career in a large optical chain in 1999. Sarah entered the field as an lab technician, was quickly promoted to assistant lab manager, and became lab manager for her last eight years with the retailer. After having her first child, she decided to transition into private practice in 2014. In 2015, we were happy to welcome her to the Eyeglass Place team.

Luiza Gheorghe-Youssefi, Board Certified Optometrist

Dr Luiza Gheorghe-Youssefi received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She studied optometry at Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. As a contact lens specialist, Dr. Youssefi is experienced in fitting soft lenses, rigid gas permeable and scleral lenses for patients with post-surgical, keratoconic, bifocal or otherwise difficult-to-fit prescriptions. She is the current owner of Meriden Eyecare and Chic Boutique in Stamford CT.

In addition she fits prosthetic or cosmetic contact lenses for disfigured eyes. Her other areas of professional interest are primary eye care and post-op management of surgical patients (cataracts, glaucoma, corneal transplants, cross linking, Intacts and refractive surgery (Lasik and PRK).

As a member of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, the American Optometric Association Contact Lens Society, Dr Youssefi is active within the optometric community. She is very passionate about caring for her patients and is dedicated to her professional career