We may be past the long, hot days of summer, but with crisp clear skies, low sun, and often dazzlingly bright conditions, autumn is very much sunglasses season. Especially when driving. But how do you know which are the best sunglasses to buy? And is there a difference between cheap and expensive sunglasses? We have the answers.

Sunglasses: Is There a Difference Between Cheap and Expensive?

When you’re trying to assess the quality of sunglasses there are a number of factors you need to consider.

UV protection

UV protection should be the main reason for wearing sunglasses. Without that protection, in bright weather you are at more risk of developing photokeratitis (sunburn of the eye), skin cancer around the eyes, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other conditions. So, if you’re buying glasses with tinted lenses, you need to be absolutely certain that they are 100% UV protected. Both for UV-A and UV-B. Partly because if your glasses are tinted, your eyes are less likely to shield themselves by squinting.

The best way to determine that you’re buying quality is to look for the UV level. The higher the UV rating, the better the quality of the glasses. UV 400 is the safest lens available. And you can find UV 400 sunglasses both on and offline.

Do you need a prescription?

If you wear prescription glasses, cheap, off-the-shelf glasses won’t provide you with what you need. You may be able to find the requisite UV protection, but that’s not going to help your eyesight. Buying prescription sunglasses from an optician will provide you with both UV protection and lenses to suit the needs of your eyes. However, that can be expensive. Looking online can provide the best of both worlds. With a site like Low Cost Glasses, if you know your exact prescription, you can order high quality prescription sunglasses tailor made for you.

The reason you’re buying them

The term ‘sunglasses’ denotes an item designed to protect the eyes against damage from the sun, as we’ve just discussed. But according to research conducted by the American Optometric Association, only around 50% of people who buy sunglasses buy them for eye protection. Many wear them merely as a fashion accessory. If that’s the case, and you’re not wearing them on your eyes, or only when you hit the clubs – then the quality judgement is entirely down to you. But again, we need to restate the importance of having UV protection if you are going to wear tinted glasses.  

So, what’s the difference between expensive and cheap sunglasses? All of the above, and also none of the above, really! If you know where to look, it’s possible to find high quality prescription sunglasses at an affordable price point. Just make sure that you read the description and know what you’re paying for.

Check out Low Cost Glasses full range of prescription sunglasses for more information.

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