Whether it’s Matrix Sunglasses, Oakley Sunglasses, Ray Ban Sunglasses, or anything in between, the range of prices you will see runs all over the board. I’ve seen sunglasses sell for $1.50 at the local convenience store. I’ve also seen the outrageous gold-rimmed sunglasses the designer Dolce and Gabbana released a couple years ago for the cool price of $383,606!
Even within brands, styles, or market niches, the prices can vary widely. For example, you can find similar-looking Morpheus Sunglasses at different price points and varying levels of quality. Online costume stores generally sell the cheap-quality $10 variety, whereas other shops like Matrix Eyewear choose to sell a much higher-quality version at a higher price point (in our case, $49.95).
So, which offers the better value? Is it better to pay $10 for costume Morpheus Sunglasses that might last a month, or is it better to pay $49.95 for a pair that will last years? Only you can decide.
In this example, it seems obvious that you would not want the costume-quality pair, but other decisions may not be so cut and dry. The good news is that sunglasses do not have to be expensive to protect your eyes, but on the other side of the coin, a high price tag is not always a guarantee of high quality.
Thus, price is not necessarily indicative of quality. The primary determinant of quality relates to the lenses and their ability to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. This ability is not tied to the price tag, darkness of the lenses, or even the lens material. It is tied to the degree to which the lenses have been enhanced by adding protective chemicals and/or a special coating specifically designed to optimize the absorption of UV light.
Always choose sunglasses that are labeled as blocking 99-100% of UV rays, like all of our Matrix Sunglasses, which offer UVA and UVB protection (UV400 Protection – the best protection for your eyes).
The bottom line is that you do not need to break the bank to protect your eyes. Therefore, the only conclusion I can make regarding the correlation between price and quality is that it is fuzzy and inconclusive at best.