Solar Bat Performance Enhancement Sunglasses


Solar Bat’s mission is to design, develop, and market high quality sunglasses at a variety of affordable price points. First and foremost are eye safety and eye protection. Solar Bat Sunglasses designs and incorporates lightweight and durable frames with lens tints designed to improve visual performance.  Customer satisfaction is vital to Solar Bat’s success, so our staff works extremely hard to assist each and every customer with their individual visual enhancement needs.


Solar Bat Sunglasses redefines sunglasses to make visual enhancement possible.  Since May 1994, when Dr. Gary Nesty founded Solar Bat as an extension of his optometry practice, the company has injected life into a variety of industry-specific sunglasses and eyewear.  Dr. Gary wanted to build a sunglass business that complemented his existing vision and eye care activities while also creating an online business that could be operated by the family for generations to come.  Once the decision was made, Dr. Nesty received official approval and commitment from Leesa Nesty (Gary’s wife) and Mandy Shepherd (Gary and Leesa’s daughter).  At this point, the family agreed on a plan of action, Solar Bat Sunglasses began trudging the road of sunglass sales and sunglass innovation, creating its own unique vision and eye care identity.

Truly the essence of the American Dream, Solar Bat operated out of the Nesty household and optometry office.  From humble beginnings to a fully branded, high quality, affordable sunglass company, Solar Bat Sunglasses showed signs of prospering – which meant workplace expansion.  The company transitioned from the Nesty household to a new building on the family farm, but successful sunglass sales, again, forced the family business to construct a warehouse/manufacturing building that could operate under the company’s growing demand.  Each individual Solar Bat Sunglasses’ building is located on the family farm.  Dr. Nesty and the Nesty Family operate on their own private property, which allows Solar Bat Sunglasses to pass savings on to its customers.  Unlike other sunglass companies who operate in expensive urban centers, Solar Bat Sunglasses can afford to sell high quality sunglasses for an acceptable consumer price tag.

Dr. Nesty started with two fishing frame styles – from the most basic designs to what is now a visual performance enhancement company that manufactures and sells a variety of outdoor activity-specific sunglasses.  Sunglass styles, performance enhancement lens versatility, and a greater emphasis on protection guided the expansion efforts into new industries.  Currently, Solar Bat Sunglasses provides customers with polarized fishing sunglasses, hunting sunglasses, shooting sunglasses, fashion sport sunglasses, tennis sunglasses, prescription sunglasses, driving sunglasses, and golf sunglasses.  Each sunglass model in each industry focuses on eye protection and visual enhancement before all other design concerns.

Dr. Nesty uses his optical background and creativity to help others – it’s that simple.  He wants his legacy to be defined by his willingness and dedication to help outdoor enthusiasts improve their performance in various activities.  No matter what the outdoor sport might be, Solar Bat Sunglasses wants to help participants improve their visual clarity and protect their eyes.  Dr. Nesty is grateful for Solar Bat’s growth since 1994, and he’s extremely excited about the future and how the company will continue its incredible sunglass innovation.

Mandy was born and raised in the small town of Brazil, Indiana.  From an early age she started fishing with her dad at his “strip pit”.  She attended high school at Northview, graduating in 1996 in the top twenty percent of the class.  In her junior year of high school, she went to work for her father, Gary Nesty, O.D. at his optometry office.  Upon graduating from high school, she attended Indiana State University majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences.  She graduated in 2001 with a bachelor degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development.  While at Indiana State she made the Dean’s list several years in a row and did an internship at a local daycare facility as the assistant director.

Upon graduating from college, she got married and started her career at Solar Bat ® working alongside her father, Gary Nesty, O.D.  Mandy has three beautiful children: Dylan, Laney and Jared. All of her kids were involved in 4-H, their church youth group and they love helping out with Bible school. While in 4-H they had several projects but the one that the family enjoyed was showing swine. 4-H has provided Mandy and her children with several opportunities. Mandy and her daughter Laney got to meet Mike Pence when he visited Brazil. Mandy loves to watch her kids participate in all of their activities.  She attends Ebenezer church and is active with the Bible school and also a Sunday school teacher.  Her husband is a trustee at the church and all of her kids have grown up in the church that she attended as a young child.

Mandy loves working at Solar Bat ®. Not only does she get to work alongside her dad and learn the trade but she gets to meet a lot of really nice people. She loves Christian music and every year attends Winter Jam with her family and church family. All of the opportunities that she has been given could not have been possible without the faith that she has in Jesus Christ.

Phone: (812) 986-3551
Fax: (812) 986-3550

Solar Bat Team

Gary Nesty


Mandy Shepherd