The Difference Between Cheap & Expensive Sunglasses Lenses

Are Expensive Sunglasses Worth It?

Sunglasses come in all shapes and sizes, from aviators to wayfarers to submariners. But no matter what your style may be, your lenses are what ultimately make the sunglasses.  A cheap pair of lenses can be damaging to your eyes, will scratch easily, and offers subpar visual clarity. A high-quality pair of lenses should block out 100% of UV rays, offer lasting durability, and provide perfect optical clarity.

Complete UV Protection

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Complete UV Protection

Just because a pair of sunglasses says “blocks UV rays”, doesn’t mean it has complete, 100% UV protection. Cheap plastic sunglasses usually just have a thin tinted coating on them to provide a very weak level of protection. A high-quality pair of sunglasses will completely block all harmful UVA/UVB rays. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to a number of eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, or corneal sunburn.

“Good enough for fighter pilots, good enough for us.”


The Best Sunglass Lenses

Our SkyTec™ lenses are developed with military pilots in mind – meaning they’re ready for anything. All SkyTec™ lenses are built to be weatherproof, scratch resistant, and impact resistant. Scratch resistant coating is applied to all our lenses. Then, the lenses are tested for their impact resistance by dropping steel balls onto each lens from three feet above. If you want a pair of sunglasses that stand the test of time, go with either chemically-tempered glass lenses or our SkyTec™ Lite lenses with a durable hard coat.

Sharp Visual Clarity

Glass and polycarbonate lenses provide the best quality for optical clarity. While low end materials quickly warp and distort, both glass and polycarbonate lenses provide ideal sun protection with zero distortion. Our SkyTec™ Mineral Glass lenses are ground and polished to provide a level of optical clarity fit for fighter pilots.

Polarized Lenses for Glare Protection

Additionally, go with a polarized lens for extra protection from glare. Polarized lenses are perfect for outdoorsmen, boaters, golfers, and fishermen. Polarized sunglasses mitigate glare by blocking horizontal light while allowing vertical light. Get an extra layer of eye protection with polarized lenses.

Cheap Sunglasses Lenses Aren’t Worth the Cost

Clearly, a cheap pair of sunglasses just isn’t worth the potential damage it can cause to your eyes. With poor UV protection, easily damaged material, and low-quality optical clarity, a pair of plastic sunglasses simply aren’t worth it. For great vision and lasting quality, go with a high-quality pair of sunglasses with SkyTec lenses.

High Quality Sunglasses

Worthy of Celebrity-Status.

  • Military spec construction, worn by US Military pilots and NASA astronauts
  • Jewelry metals like 23k Gold, double baked for durability
  • SkyTec™ Premium lenses, minimizes lens scratches
  • Made by hand in Massachusetts, USA
  • Guaranteed for life

Perfect Optical Clarity

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Randolph Engineering and not of individuals or other corporations. Statements are limited to opinions by Randolph Engineering and not endorsements by others.

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