In these difficult economic times it may seem like a strange decision to splash out on a pair of designer sunglasses rather than going for a cheaper option. But in fact, it makes sense from a financial perspective to avoid cheap sunglasses, not to mention of course the safety implications. Sunglasses are not just worn to look good: they are there to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays or other kinds of intense light. So whichever high-end brand you prefer – whether it is Bvlgari, Ray Ban or perhaps Oakley – here is why it makes sense to pay that bit extra as opposed to choosing cheap, generic pair:
- Longer Lasting: Yes, you have to pay more for designer sunglasses but they are made to last – barring loss, obviously. If you buy a cheaper pair you may think you are getting the better deal financially, but chance are you will have to keep replacing them over and over again as they break or become twisted etc. It’s far better to look upon a quality item like this as a lasting investment. Indeed, if you go for a classic style and don’t leave them lying around there is no reason why your designer sunglasses can’t last you several years.
- Stylish:There is also no denying that high-end sunglasses are crafted to make the wearer look good. If you choose a style that suits you they are guaranteed to go with pretty much any outfit you might have. Indeed, a really glamorous or well-chosen pair of shades can actually serve to complete an outfit that may otherwise have looked a bit bland. If you want to stand out in the crowd, designer brands certainly offer plenty of unique styles as well as the classic kinds.
- Protection From Sunlight: From a safety perspective, the most important job a pair of sunglasses does is to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. These can damage your eyes in the winter as well as the summer so you can don your shades all year round if you want to be extra careful. It’s been well-proven by now that UV light can cause long-lasting or even permanent damage to the cornea and retina, so you don’t want to take your chances. All good designer sunglasses will come with strong UV filters in the lenses – something you are not guaranteed if the lowest price is the deciding factor for you.
- Protection From Intense Light And Glare: Aside from the UV rays, prolonged exposure to glare – such as when sunlight is reflecting off the snow – can also be very unpleasant. The iris naturally closely if too much light gets into the eye and this can lead to squinting or even damage to the retina long-term. A good pair of sunglasses can block up to 97 per cent of light entering the eyes. A cheap pair, on the other hand, may do virtually nothing to shield them. Glare is also a problem as certain surfaces such as water can reflect a lot of light. Well-made sunglasses deal with this kind of problem using polarization – so if you do a lot of snow or watersports then look for a pair that specify they have polarised lenses.
In any case, what many people don’t realise is that you don’t even have to pay full-price for your designer sunglasses these days if you just shop around a bit. Online retailers offer very good deals on the latest models and even better ones of previous season’s lines. This is partly down to the fact that they buy direct from wholesalers, and partly down to the fact that they can keep their overheads lower because they don’t need to put money into retail outlets.
So what kinds of designer brands should you be looking at if you want to look stylish and also protect your eyes? Well Ray Bans are always popular, combining as they do excellent sun protection, innovation and trendy frames which can be made of ultra-light titanium if needed. Then there are brands such as Oakley sunglasses, which are famous for their range of sporting eyewear and are therefore perfect if you are going to be going Skiing, windsurfing or anything that might include exposure to intense glare.
Summary: Sunglasses are not just designed to make you look cool, they are also there to protect your eyes – and there’s no denying that designer sunglasses offer better protection than the cheapest makes. This article looks at this and other reasons why it makes sense to treat yourself to a high-end pair.