Meet 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.

We know that creating eyewear with an expert fit and uncompromising comfort is no easy task. But with highly trained opticians focused on delivering personalized attention, we can make it happen.

The Eyeglass Place of Newington offers a wide variety of products and services ranging from comprehensive eye exams by our Independent Doctors of Optometry, contact lens fittings and supplies, and a full service optical dispensary. We pride ourselves in providing some of the best brand names in the optical industry such as Oakley©, Prada©, Tory Burch©, Silhouette©, Jimmy Choo©, Swarovski©, Vera Wang©, and Kate Spade© just to name a few!

Meet Our Opticians

Karen L. Pizzitola, L.O., Owner

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.

When she’s not saving the eyesight of the local Newington area one pair of carefully crafted glasses at a time, she enjoys spending time with her family and rescue dogs as well as painting, repurposing antique furniture, and sport shooting. Karen proudly specializes in problem solving the eyewear obstacles of individuals participating in sporting activities of all kinds, police men and women, and members of our Armed Forces.

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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.

Meet Our Optometrists

Bradford Newman, O.D.

Bradford Newman, O.D.

Dr. Bradford A. Newman graduated Upsala College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1971. After basic training in the U.S. Army reserve, Dr. Newman entered the Illinois College of Optometry where he received his Bachelor of Science in Vision Science and his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1978. In 1980, Dr. Newman attended Gesell Institute of Child Development where he received a post-graduate certification in children’s vision. He has also received certifications in diagnostic and therapeutic ocular agents from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the State of Connecticut. Dr. Newman is a diplomat in glaucoma and certified in Advanced Practice Optometry by the State University of New York College of Optometry and the State of Connecticut.

Dr. Newman was a member of the New England Council of Optometrists, the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, and the American Optometric Association. He was on the town of Bloomfield Health advisory committee for many years and is a past president of the Bloomfield Jaycees and the Rotary Club of Bloomfield.


Reach Us

The Eyeglass Place
2311 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
860-667-0921