Our Story – SOLO Eyewear

Our Story

Our Story

At SOLO Eyewear, we create environmentally responsible sunglasses that fund eye care, encourage adventure and inspire individuals to change the world. #LiveandGive

The concept for SOLO Eyewear was developed as a class project at San Diego State University. While completing an International Entrepreneurship course, Jenny Amaraneni read Paul Polak’s Out of Poverty where she discovered the great need for eye care around the world. She decided to research the issue further.  Jenny, who has poor vision, encountered two startling statistics: approximately 1 billion people do not have access to eye care and nearly 80% of the world’s blindness is preventable.  (World Health Organization)

These statistics were a call to action… the idea for SOLO Eyewear was born. Jenny partnered with her colleague and fellow student, Dana Holliday, to launch the company. To date, SOLO has restored vision for nearly 12,000 people in need across 32 countries and it's only the beginning. In addition to their vision restoring efforts, SOLO also utilizes recycled and repurposed materials in the construction of its eyewear. This effort has saved hundreds of pounds of plastic from being produced each year. 

You may wonder, why the name, SOLO?

The SOLO mantra is One idea. One person. One action. Can change the world. At SOLO, we believe in inspiring individuals to go out and accomplish amazing things!

The SOLO Eyewear Team

Jenny Amaraneni,
Managing Director 


Dana Holliday Kraus, 
Creative Director


Kevin Dare,
Customer Support



Dana Holliday and Jenny Amaraneni, SOLO Eyewear