Originally founded as 19dollareyeglasses.com in 2003 by Julia Zhen and Tibor Laczay in a San Francisco, California, garage. When the company started, it seemed impossible to sell prescription eyewear and sunglasses online. Today, with annual revenue of approximately $3 million and more than 4 million pairs sold in 2017 alone. the idea seems to be a profitable one.
The company offers frames for eyeglasses and sunglasses, starting as low as $6.95. Company software allows clients to upload a picture of their face and choose a pair of glasses that suits the shape of their face.
Zenni Optical offers more than 2,500 frames and styles available to choose from, offering a unique look for every customer. Zenni also offers single vision, bifocal, progressive and workplace progressive lens options, and is a leading-edge developer of Beyond UV Blue Light Blocking lenses, which provide all-day protection, both indoors and out, from the harmful effects of high-energy visible (HEV) blue light and UV rays.
Zenni has sold more than 20 million pairs of glasses to clients in the past 15 years. Company headquarters are located in Novato, California. The frames themselves are made in Danyang, China.