Are Designer Sunglasses Worth the Cost?

Find out whether you can protect your eyes for a fraction of the price.
2:22 | 09/08/14

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We're going the move to the "Heat index" now. Putting your sunglasses to the test. Can you get the same protection for your eyes as a fraction of the price? Becky Worley investigates. Reporter: Designer shades. They promise to block 100% of uv rays. But do cheaper sunghaszs give you less protection? It will age your eye faster. Referee: Dr. Dennis Fong, the professor at the urt of Berkeley school of opt Tom try says unlight can cause a lot of problems. To see if cheaper sunglasses can protect? See, protected -- I buy sunglasses from mauls, street vendors, main stream fashion stores. All claim to bok 100% of uv ray. But do they? Omg so cute. Most cost about $10. None more than $20. I buy coach, raybans and smith. Each other 100 bucks. $183. To assess true uv protection, Dr. Fong uses special equipment. First he tests the high-end glasses. Okay, ray-ban. 100% uv protection. Reporter: All the expensive glasses off it. But now, these are from a mall kiosk. They cost about $20. You're getting 100% uv protection. Reporter: Drugstore. 100%. Reporter: H&M. 100% again. Reporter: Kids glasses from a street surrender. 100%. Reporter: Wow. 11 pairs of discount glasses. They all had the same amount of uv protection as the expensive brands. 100%. But Dr. Fong explains that expensive glasses often have more durable frames, higher end design, a more comfortable fit and the nice case. Rocking the cheap glasses from now on. For "Good morning America," Becky Worley, ABC news, Berkeley, California. I know the difference. I lose the expensive ones more easily. Never false. That is so true. It's great information. Thank you, Becky. It's time for "Gma's" epic

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