Your friendly neighborhood optical shop

We’re just what you’d expect from a neighborhood optical shop – a warm and friendly, knowledgeable staff who will go out of their way to make sure you get exactly what you need. We offer eye exams, fittings, and repairs for your entire family.

Our Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Our Location

5917 N 26th St,
Tacoma, WA 98407

Get in Touch


We are committed to bringing your the highest quality eye care and optical services for every member of your family.

Northend Optical has been a fixture in North Tacoma for years. It was originally known as Franske Optical and was opened by Don Franske in 1957. Our current owner, Diane Blair took over the business in 2002 and continued the tradition of treating every customer with care and respect.

We’re still that same friendly neighborhood optical shop that locals have come to know and trust with the latest styles and the newest technology. We’ve also earned a reputation as the place to find unique products that you won’t find anywhere else.

Diane Blair

Diane Blair

Owner and Optician

Diane has been a licensed dispensing optician since 1981. She enjoys the work she does and says " It’s fun to see people excited about their new look or new vision when they pick up the glasses". She likes to stay up to date with all the new products and fashions by getting continued education at conventions, chapter meetings and programs put on by our local labs and vendors.

Dr. Thomas A Kvamme

Dr. Thomas A Kvamme

Optometric Physician

Dr. Kvamme is an Optometric Physician who has been practicing for over 25 years in the Pacific Northwest. He is a North Tacoma native and comes highly recommended by his patients.

Lizzie Lincoln

Lizzie Lincoln

Apprentice Optician

Lizzie is an apprentice optician and has been working in optical since 2013. Currently she is attending Highline College in the Apprentice Dispensing Optician program, and will be certified summer of 2018, and is completing her Associate’s degree of Arts and Sciences. She is always willing to help customers with frame and lens selection, as well as frame adjustments and repairs, and hopes to one day own her own optical shop.

Our Services

We have a selection of contact lenses , designer frames, sunglasses as well as eye exam appointments with Dr. Thomas A. Kvamme O.D.

Our Brands

We carry a wide variety of latest quality designer frames and sunglasses as well as a variety of contact lens options.

Insurance Info

We are a provider for most vision plans. We can gladly answer any questions you  might have regarding insurance.