We set out to develop thin glasses that fit on the back of your phone, in your pocket, purse, or wallet, which resulted in readers as thin as 2 credit cards, weigh less than a nickel, made with shatterproof polycarbonate frames and backed by ThinOptics' Lifetime Guarantee -- FREE REPLACEMENT GLASSES...FOREVER!
Backed By Sophisticated Technology
Our challenge was to make our glasses fit comfortably, not for 90%, but 100% of users. We tested hundreds of prototypes on thousands of noses to patent Flex-Fit Technology: an ultra-flexible titanium alloy bridge integrated with independent-suspension nose pads for a universally comfortable & stable fit, up high or down low on the nose.
Slimline iPhone case
The ThinOptics custom fit phone case snaps onto your phone, keeping your reading glasses within arm’s reach wherever you go.
Lenses made with optical-grade polycarbonate, which is regularly found in high end prescription glasses. Available in four strengths: +1.00, +1.50, +2.00, and +2.50.
Personalize your look
ThinOptics reading glasses fold and slide neatly into our unique case designs (Universal Pod, Keychain, FlashCard, and Phone Cases) to keep them safe and always within reach.
Innovative design that captures the imagination…and awards
"Teddy Shalon is, at his core, an inventor. It just so happens he also makes beautifully designed products," says Inc. Magazine. The ThinOptics design is not only 1 of 8 companies to win 2015 Best in Class Design Award from Inc. but also the winner of Best of CES 2015, International Design Excellence Award 2015, and named 1 of 5 most ingenious products in 2014 by Vision Monday. Our most important accolade? Hundreds of 5-star reviews by Amazon purchasers!
About the Startup
Describe your product in 3 words.
Flex. Fit. Freedom.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Some ideas come to us in a dream and some, like ThinOptics, during a long bike ride. Teddy Shalon's friend had forgotten his reading glasses. He was frustrated, and asked Teddy to read a text message on his cell phone because he couldn’t see it. During the next twenty miles of riding, Teddy developed the idea of putting reading glasses onto the backs of a cell phones. Two years and 200+ prototypes later ThinOptics were launched.
What makes your product special?
Reading glasses guaranteed for life? Seriously? Yes, we mean it! Free replacement glasses for life. Beyond that, users of readers typically own 8 pair and buy 2 pair per year. The only difference in choosing one reader vs. another is style or price. Regardless of how many other pairs of readers you own or like, you still find yourself in dimly list restaurants struggling to read the menu because you either left your glasses at home or forgot them. We designed ThinOptics for that moment and so many others by freeing you from having to remember your glasses. ThinOptics are the only reading glasses that should be owned by EVERY user of reading glasses because they are Always with You.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Perhaps the most important word in our mission statement is "delight". Read our Amazon reviews. In those reviews, via social media, through email and especially face-to-face we feel the delight exuded from our users who tell us they can't live without ThinOptics now. It's very hard to create a truly innovative product that is acceptable for people to put on their face, not only every now and then, but every day when they are in a bind. We live vicariously through our user stories sharing how ThinOptics have become a utility that our users can't live without. The fruits of our product development acumen and "never let you down" customer service come in the form of fanatic user referrals which humble us greatly.