OPTX among Miss Universe sponsors, set to unveil special blueLOVE sunglasses


OPTX Rhode Island, which is known for its advanced, high-technology ophthalmology, recently added another unique first to its list of award-winning features.

The Johnston-based business has been named the official eyewear sponsor of the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant, which will be televised live from Doral, Fla., on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing our relationship with the Miss Universe organization and participating as proud sponsor of the 63rd annual pageant,” said Lynne Diamante, CEO of OPTX and a veteran beauty pageant contestant. “Eyewear is one of the few functional fashion accessories, and once again we will be ensuring the new Miss Universe has some of the best luxury eyewear as she travels the world throughout her year-long reign.”

Diamante, along with her husband, medical director Dr. Giulio Diamante – who is an accomplished and respected board-certified eye surgeon and physician – have developed OPTX Rhode Island into one of the top-rated eye care and eyewear facilities in the state and nation.

Just a year ago, in fact, the Diamantes – via OPTX – were proud supporters of Cranston’s Olivia Culpo, who went from being crowned Miss Rhode Island all the way to summit when she was voted Miss Universe.

As equally impressive, the Diamantes and OPTX this week drew rave reviews from Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe organization.

“OPTX has been a valued partner to the Miss Universe organization for several years,” Shugurt said during a recent interview. “We appreciate the knowledge and pageant experience that Lynne brings to help our contestants look their best. Furthermore, OPTX supports our mission of encouraging women to be confidently beautiful.”

Lynne Diamante, who designed the OPTX eyewear boutique gallery located at 1277 Hartford Ave. in Johnston, has a range of national and regional beauty pageant experience, and has the title of Mrs. Rhode Island among her many accomplishments.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 12, OPTX will unveil its first design of special edition blueLOVE sunglasses that have been designed exclusively for the Miss Universe Pageant.

Lynne Diamante is the creator and inspirational force behind blueLOVE and all the new products that will be soon coming from OPTX. It is the first in-house, private label sunglasses line for OPTX. They’ll be released Monday in a joint event with Trump International Doral in Miami.

The special release sunglasses will be available for purchase to the general public shortly thereafter. This will mark the first time a Rhode Island company has launched a brand at the highly publicized international event.

The Diamantes have established OPTX as a leading retailer of luxury eyewear with a sharp focus on the fashion industry and personally tailored eyewear. OPTX also has showcasing designer collections from the likes of Cartier, Tom Ford, Tiffany and Gucci in its stunning optical gallery.

More importantly, perhaps, is that OPTX is – and has always been – what Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena called a “great corporate citizen that time and again has given back to people in the community, and now the Diamantes are putting little old Johnston on the national map.”

Just recently, in fact, OPTX held its second annual Coat Drive in conjunction with the Johnston Senior Center, collecting a record-setting number of over 250 coats that will keep many Rhode Islanders in need warm this winter.


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