MYOPTIQUE GROUP

As digital pioneer changing the eyewear industry since 2004, MyOptique was the first company to sell prescription glasses online. Today, MyOptique Group Ltd is Europe’s leading online retailer for all optical equipment and home to six e-commerce brands selling everything from prescription glasses to contact lenses and sunglasses. In 2016, MyOptique has been acquired by Essilor International, the world leader in ophthalmic optics.

Reshaping the eyewear industry since 2004

FOUNDED
2004, London
EXIT
Trade Sale 2016
CATEGORY
HealthCare
FOUNDER
Jamie Murray Wells

While studying for his final exams at university, 22-year-old James Murray Wells discovered that he needed to start wearing glasses.

Surprised at how a pair of “essentially some wire and two pieces of glass”, which costs only £7 to make was selling for more than £200, he decided to launch his own business and create a website selling spectacles directly to the consumer.

By using the remains of his student loan, he founded Prescription Eyewear Limited in 2004, trading as Glassed Direct and shaking the optical industry to its foundations.

For his services to Business in UK, James Murray Wells was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015.

While studying for his final exams at university, 22-year-old James Murray Wells discovered that he needed to start wearing glasses.

Surprised at how a pair of “essentially some wire and two pieces of glass”, which costs only £7 to make was selling for more than £200, he decided to launch his own business and create a website selling spectacles directly to the consumer.

By using the remains of his student loan, he founded Prescription Eyewear Limited in 2004, trading as Glassed Direct and shaking the optical industry to its foundations.

For his services to Business in UK, James Murray Wells was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015.