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Doctor warns cheap sunglasses might do more harm than good

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At first glance, a basic accessory like a pair of sunglasses really has no reason to be expensive _ and to be a health-related issue worthy of ophthalmological concern. How much can two small dark plates and a simple frame cost, and how detrimental can a pair of poor quality sunglasses be to your eyes? 

We are bombarded with choices today, and a pair of shades can cost anywhere from 20 baht to more than 20,000 baht. We have ultra-cheap, plastic junk sold in a pile at the market, and we have unbelievably expensive branded ones. We even have various grades of knock-offs to choose from, offered by dodgy online shops. What's a consumer to do?

Dr Keerati Pungpapong, ophthalmologist at Bumrungrad Hospital, said that it is important to choose well when it comes to something to protect your eyes.

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