1) You were born in Scotland. What brought you to the U.S./Austin area and to Bristol Family Eyecare in particular?
Future opportunities for my family was the main reason we came to the US…and the weather! I heard about Bristol Family Eyecare through a friend and was delighted to get back to work after many years staying home with my children
2) How did you become interested in eyewear and what kind of training, if any, did you have?
I’ve always been interested in style and design – eyewear can change your whole look, and glasses are being used more and more as a fashion accessory. It’s cool to wear glasses! Most of my training has been on the job or at conferences.
3) What do you like most about the work you do?
I really enjoy helping patients choose glasses that make them look and feel fabulous. Finding the right frame and lens that best suits their needs and personality is very satisfying. We try to ensure that everyone leaves seeing more clearly, but also delighted with their choice of glasses.
4) What are some of your favorite boutique eye wear brands and why? What eyewear is popular now?
It’s hard for me to choose just one or two – we have several terrific brands. I love Oliver Peoples and Masunaga because of the vibrant colors and comfort of the cotton polymer frames. Mykita offers custom frames that are virtually indestructible, superbly lightweight and have a European flair. Tom Ford has fabulous, statement pieces with bold lines and Italian design. Oakley, Ray Ban, Tory Burch and Prodesign offer a huge range of styles to suit all age groups. We also stock Maui Jim sun glasses which have amazing optics and color.
5) What interests or excites you the most in the field of eye wear?
The field of eyewear just keeps evolving – there’s always something new, either in the design of the materials or styling of the frames. Same thing with lens design – there are more and more choices of lenses to suit almost every activity out there, and different coatings to suit your lifestyle and protect your eyes.
6) What trends do you see developing over the next several years in the eyewear field, and how do you stay ahead of them?
I think design will continue to improve in the materials that are used, particularly in lens design. Lenses will become thinner, lighter, more customizable and
targeted more specifically to user activity. Glasses are more acceptable now, particularly in children so I anticipate a wider range of choices in frames for that age group. I think eyewear trends are cyclical but I’m expecting the use of color to either make frames bolder, or transparent color to soften the features, to continue and evolve.
Bristol Family Eyecare strives to stay ahead of the curve in everything we do. Dr. Bristol spends a lot of time educating his staff on new information and research. We are open to new ideas and new solutions, and are genuinely excited to improve the vision of all our patients.