Robin the Writer

If you’re anything like me, you have probably lost count of the number of cheap sunglasses you have purchased over the years.  Whilst these glasses have seemed like a steal at the time (often looking and feeling similar to pairs that cost ten times as much) the cheaper option is rarely the bargain that it seems at the time.

Budget sunglasses are invariably made from lower-quality materials meaning that they scratch easily, have flimsy, brittle frames and, worst of all, they often don’t even protect your eyes from the sun!

A few years ago, I bit the bullet and shelled out for a pair of expensive, high-end shades.  At the time, I wondered whether the price tag would be worth it. Several years later, they have seen me through multiple foreign holidays, myriad rounds of golf, hours of driving, weeks on the beach, and are still going strong.

When I look back on all of the cheap pairs that preceded them which are now languishing at the back of drawers, snapped at the bottom of suitcases or, very often, simply left behind in the rubbish bin of a hotel room – I wish I had made the decision earlier!

However, if I haven’t yet persuaded you to make the switch, let’s delve deeper into why quality sunglasses should be the first thing on your next holiday shopping list.

UV Rays

Most people are aware that prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to painful sunburn and, in some cases, skin cancer.  What people often do not know is that these UV rays can be equally damaging to your eyes and lead to a range of eye problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Many people are also unaware that UV rays can penetrate cloud cover, potentially damaging your eyes even on a cloudy day.

Quality sunglasses will almost always provide 100% UV protection whereas the cheaper options usually have tinted plastic lenses which offer little or no such protection.


Generally you will find that quality sunglasses are made with glass lenses (they are called sun ‘glasses’ for a reason after all!)  Glass is considerably more scratch resistant than the plastic lenses that you will find in a budget pair.

There is nothing more annoying – and potentially dangerous – than a distracting scratch on a pair of plastic sunglasses.


If you are lucky enough to find a cheaper pair of sunglasses with glass lenses, it is more than likely that the cost of the glass has been offset by using an inferior frame.

Cheap frames are not only uncomfortable but can often be badly balanced resulting in the inevitable – and often fatal – drop (and don’t even think about jogging in them!)

Hopefully this article has gone some way to convincing you that splashing out on a pair of quality sunglasses will be a good investment but, if it hasn’t, then have you considered that you might be looking at it through the wrong lenses?

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