Tri-City Opticians is family owned and operated.

Since 1975 we have served the region as your one-stop optical shop providing neighbors with the highest quality optical products and service. We are honored to serve you.


Left to Right: son Charlie Norton, daughter Betsy Norton Rose, and patriarch Charles Norton

We pride ourselves on offering our clients quality, high-end eyeglasses and frames at affordable prices. Plus all of our customers receive personalized service.

Our longevity in the community

In 1948 at the age of 18, Charles Norton started working in the optical field in Bristol Tennessee. He learned both the technical aspects of being an optician, as well as the craftsmanship of making glasses that only experience can provide.

The family focus

In 1965 Charles and his wife Betty made a decision to move the family to Fairfax Virginia to take advantage of an opportunity to open their own optical shop. The store in Fairfax was a success, however the calling to return to their home in the Tri-Cities was strong. Soon a decision was made to return to Bristol with their four children and open Tri-City Opticians.

charles-norton-tricity-opticiansAll four children and wife Betty have become licensed opticians.

Today, the day-to-day operations in the Big Stone Gap location are handled by son Charlie Norton and the Bristol and Abingdon stores are under the direction of daughter Betsy Norton Rose. You can still find Charles Norton at one of the stores on almost a daily basis overseeing things and troubleshooting any challenges that may arise. If you do see Charles, take a moment and say hello.

Tri-City Opticians success and business longevity has come as a result of the dedication to excellence in product quality and customers service Charles Norton has instilled in his children.

You owe it to your eyes – visit your local Tri-City Opticians today – and see what you’ve been missing!


Monday - Friday From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday Closed

Abingdon, VA: (276) 628 - 9970
329 Cummings Street, Abingdon, Virginia 24210

Bristol, VA: (276) 466-8119
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Bristol, Virginia 24201

Big Stone Gap, VA: (276) 523 - 2889
512 Powell Avenue, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219

Greeneville, TN: (423) 638-6236
1310 East Andrew Johnson Hwy., Greeneville, TN 37745

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