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Expensive sunglasses are healthier than cheap ones...

Updated on September 23, 2009

think twice...

I paid an ARMANI and a leg for them but let me CHANEL you something: i spy with my little eye that these sunglasses are made for the shade-and at this price , you'd better believe it.When it comes to shielding eyes, do we get what we pay for or are we robbing ourselves blind?

Early precursors to sunglasses were crafted for their ability to disguise emotions rather then block the sun; it wasn't until 1929 that the first real sunglasses were sold to the American public designed to protect from harsh sunlight. Lurking within the blessed rays of the sun are dangerous ultraviolet rays, which can cause short- term and long-term eye problems, including cataracts and eye cancer.

To ensure maximum eye protection , sunglasses must sport 4100 percent UV protection also called UV 400, which means the lenses have been treated with a special coating; the Europeans place CE mark on glasses that comply with quality regulations.

But studies have found that expensive brands and trends don't guarantee optimal UVA protection.One survey found that a $6.95 pair of generic glasses provided slightly better protection than a very expensive designer brand.Fact is that a pair of $5 wallmart sunglasses can offer you the same UV shield as a $500 pair of Guccis, but it may be the aesthetics you paying for. More expensive sunglasses may feature better lenses that gibe the viewer a sharper image and a sturdier , more comfortable, and stylish frame and construction, not to mention the glitz of a designer name, nut they won't necessarily go to bat for your baby blues any more than El Cheapo. If you're sceptical , you can usually get an optometrist to verify the UV protection of a pair of sunshades, without blinking an eye.

Contrary to popular belief, lens color makes no difference in protective quality, darker or lighter, mirrored or plain, as long as that UV protection is in place, the lens tint is just a matter of personal taste & style. Pricier polarized or antiglare lenses, which offer the wearer better vision while driving or playingsports, don't necessarily carry any moreĀ  health benefit than nonpolarized glasses. And beware of cheap, cute, kiddie sunglasses that feature dark lenses but no actualUV coverage! Kids' sensitive eyes need to be shadedjust as much as, if not more than grown-ups'.

The verdict: No need to fry your wallet in order to ban the rays. But eye say all this talk of UV protection & health is ultra-irrelevant when we consider the real purpose of modern-day sunglasses: perching them on the hair to keep cool!!


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      Lizzy Paris 7 years ago

      This is ironic. You would think that the more you pay for the shades, the better the protection. It is something that a lot of consumers don't really think about.

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      Nakojua 8 years ago

      Nice hub. Do you know where I can find a pair of good sunglasses that have great UV protection??

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      ggg 8 years ago