If you want to look your best and see your best, remember that quality is key. High-quality glasses will cost more, but they are better designed for both fashion and function.
If you have been following me for a while now, you would know how much I love my sunglasses and I would have to be honest, years ago, I used to hoard a ton of cheap sunglasses and loved being on trend, not giving a care about the quality or make. But when I collaborated with Marchon Eyewear and went under a workshop on how sunglasses are created, I learned so much about the craftsmanship, the material used and the importance of quality eyewear and how lens and type of glass can affect your eyesight.
Buying a new pair of eyeglasses/sunglasses can be pretty tricky indeed. Do you go for the latest trend, thick or thick frames, round or square? But I think most of the time, the main question in our mind is the cost.
I believe, after having experienced both sides of it, quality is what matters most. Are you willing to sacrifice quality craftsmanship and material, and the kind of protection you get for your eyesight?
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Much like with all products, the higher the quality, the longer the life. High-quality glasses will definitely last much longer than a cheap pair because their frames are made from better materials. Stainless steel and titanium, exotic materials like wood are also considered high-quality as well. These materials not only look better, but perform better. Designer glasses tend to have sturdier hinges with multiple reinforcement points, which helps the frame hold its adjustments and hold better against everyday wear and tear.
Cheap generic brand glasses are obviously made of flimsier materials, such as inferior metals or low-quality plastics. These materials can sometimes cause skin irritation and may bend more easily, making it impossible to keep them well-adjusted to your nose & ears. Low-quality plastics break more easily, too: the hinges can come apart, or they can shatter from impact or weight. They’re more likely to suffer abrasions and discoloration as well, making them uncomfortable to wear and well, in the end, look really bad for your style.
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Low-quality glasses are prone to damage, breaks, or bends. So technically, when they inevitably break after a few uses, you’re stuck paying for a whole new pair every single time, thus you spend more. Quality glasses tend to come with better warranties as well. So in the event that they break, bend, or no longer fit properly, you can have them fixed or replaced without any extra costs.
The most important of them all is when paying for quality glasses, you’re also paying for quality lenses. High-quality glasses usually come with all the suggested coatings–UV protections, scratch-resistance, anti-glare. Low-quality lenses, which are often plastic, either forgo those benefits altogether or offer outdated and poor quality coatings that peel off. In the case of transition lenses–lenses that darken in the sunlight to become sunglasses–poor quality can mean that your lenses do not transition in the correct light, or transition too slowly, obstructing your vision instead of aiding it.
Let’s not forget that it is also about aesthetic quality. Top designer glasses look better. They follow the current trends and will be designed for a better fit. Low-quality metals & plastics are visibly different than high-quality metals & plastics as well.