They say you get what you paid for. Often, we are tempted to engage in a stream of purchases of $10 sunglasses, afraid to make one big purchase. Unfortunately, cheap sunglasses aren’t very good at protecting your eyes from direct sunlight or reflected light. Not only do they not protect the eyes very well, they are also not very durable. Without realizing it, you find yourself throwing away money for something that doesn’t work very well, or last very long. In this article. I’ll explain why good sunglasses are so expensive. 

When you go shopping for good sunglasses, it quickly becomes clear that they are way more expensive than you are used to. When you buy them, something else becomes clear: the gain in visibility and durability is so great that you feel as if these good sunglasses are actually quite cheap. 

Although often thought of as a fashion accessory, the underlying reason for wearing sunglasses is to protect your eyes from direct sunlight and reflected sunlight. They are a defence against cataracts and macular degeneration. The cheaper brand of sunglasses typically have a tint that dims overall sunlight. Nevertheless, they let in both direct and reflected sunlight. Reflected sunlight, or the sunlight that bounces off from vertical surfaces is also harmful to your eyes. More expensive sunglasses are often polarized, allowing in only direct sunlight, while blocking indirect sunlight. In order to achieve this, the lenses are chemically treated so that reflected sunlight is blocked, while direct sunlight is allowed in. By reducing the glare of the sun and easing strain, the experiences improved vision as well as eye comfort. That chemical layer comes at a price and is absent or available only in smaller, less effective quantities, in cheaper sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses can also be used for medical purposes. In fact, you can buy the prescription option for them. That should tell you that you are getting something that will protect your eyes from the sun’s glare. 

Another reason for the big price tag attached to good sunglasses is the materials that go into making the sunglasses. Lenses are made from glass or plastic, while frames are typically made from metal, nylon, or plastic. The choice of material determines how expensive the sunglasses will be. For example, plastic lenses and plastic frames usually equals a very cheap pair of sunglasses. As companies strive to make sunglasses lighter and more durable, their cost rises to reflect expenditure in research and development. 

With good sunglasses, the materials are designed to be durable. A few minutes with cheap sunglasses will demonstrate how flimsy cheap sunglasses are. In terms of cost-per-wear, good sunglasses come out on top considering how long you will actually be able to wear them. So whether you’re going retro with browline sunglasses, or looking for something more modern, you should always look for quality.

For those people who are interested in the fashion side of things -aren’t we all-, good sunglasses simply look good. There is nothing as bad as a clearly cheap pair of sunglasses to throw off a fashionable look. Good sunglasses can even elevate your look and unlike other accessories, like handbags and shoes, they are much more affordable. Designer sunglasses look fantastic even on a bad outfit. 

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