It’s probably fair to say that the vast majority of us would like to wear luxury designer brands, rather than the high-street equivalents. Whether you’re buying handbags, eyewear, clothing, shoes or accessories, the appeal of luxury, high-end labels is fairly ubiquitous.
But what stops most of us splashing out on a Luis Vuitton bag or a pair of Chanel sunglasses is, inevitably, the price. A pair of luxury sunglasses can set you back hundreds, and for many of us the price is simply too hard to justify when we’re also trying to pay mortgages, bills and feed our families.
As a result, many people are tempted when they come across counterfeit goods, often easy to find in popular tourist destinations or market stalls. The fakes usually look pretty good and most people wouldn’t even spot that they’re not the ‘real thing’. Because of this, when offered a pair of branded counterfeit frames for a tiny fraction of the price, many of us will make the purchase and immediately wear our new branded frames with pride.
However, while the frames may appear high quality and the logos are well faked, these counterfeit frames will never meet the safety standards required of legitimate sunglasses, and could be putting your eyes (or those of your family members) at risk.
For a start, the frames will not be made of the same high quality materials, and will often break or shatter very easily. This can easily cause lacerations or put your eyes at risk of damage from the debris. More pertinently however is the quality of the frames, which research has shown usually offer little to no UV protection whatsoever. In many cases, the protection is so low that you’d actually be safer not wearing any sunglasses at all, as the fake lenses cause your pupils to become larger, taking in more of the dangerous UV rays. There are numerous cases of blindness or substantial eye damage directly linked to wearing counterfeit sunglasses, so as tempting as the price may be, they’re simply not worth the risk when it comes to your eye health and vision.