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  1. Artos74

    Artos74 Oakley Beginner

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    Allergy / Allergy to metals

    Apologies if my question sounds stupid, I just want to know before buying sunglasses.

    Would you know if someone with allergy to metals could wear Oakley with Iridium lenses? I am not sure since you don’t touch it like other metals, but are close to your eyes and nose. Would them cause any irritation, itchiness in nose etc. Any advice and help would be much appreciated. Thank you
     
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  2. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    Which metals are you allergic to?
     
  3. Lexkempo

    Lexkempo Frog Fanatic

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    I don't think Iridium coated lenses are actually coated with the element Iridium ... Which appears to be metal like according to Wikipedia?
     
  4. joecool862

    joecool862 Keeper of the Skull Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    I would discuss this with the person's allergy physician. While I doubt that they would have any trouble at all, some people's skin is extremely sensitive and it would be a good idea to talk about it with their physician. Good luck!
     
  5. OakleyGuru379

    OakleyGuru379 What is that thing?!

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    I think it is an aluminum oxide coating, @Rustpot would probably know better than I though. So technically, i guess it could cause an allergy?
     
  6. Rustpot

    Rustpot M Frame Lover Premium Member

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    "Metal" allergies are typically nickel or other heavy metals used in alloying stainless and silver. Which is why Sterling (pure) silver and titanium (no nickel like stainless) are considered hypo-allergenic.
     
  7. OakleyGuru379

    OakleyGuru379 What is that thing?!

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    So what is aluminum oxide, as opposed to aluminum?
     
  8. qtrain23

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    Aluminum oxide is a compound formed with aluminum and oxygen. Aluminum is a metal, but most aluminums you'll find are alloys.

    And the coating that makes up the mirror on lenses is made up of different elements, mainly silicon, two other metals/compounds that escape me
     
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  9. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Also the iridium is on the outside of the lenses, not the inside exposed to your eyes.
     
  10. Artos74

    Artos74 Oakley Beginner

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    thank you all