Rescued Chilean Miners Seeing the World Through Oakley-Donated Sunglasses

Family, rest, hot food -- and a really cool pair of shades. That's what a miner needs after being trapped underground for more than two months.

Eyewear and sporting equipment maker Oakley is handling that last part: It has provided high-performance wraparound sunglasses to the 33 Chilean mine workers who were being pulled to the surface Wednesday after 69 days stuck almost a half-mile underground.

Oakley, a Luxottica (LUX) subsidiary, donated Radar sunglasses with black iridium lenses (pictured), a variety that are usually used for high-performance sports and are designed to minimize ultraviolet light, the Associated Press reported. Scientists say the miners risk retina damage because of the sudden change in lighting after so much time underground.

The miners, who are being lifted up to the surface one by one in a rescue vessel, were trapped on Aug. 5 by a collapse of 700,000 tons of rock.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, more than half of the workers had been pulled to the surface through a 2,000-foot-long rescue shaft.

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elrodauction

Thank you Oakley and the miners thank you too!!!

October 14 2010 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

why is this a story? sunglasses?? the drilling/rescue is the story--not a pair of sunglasses. give me a break.

October 14 2010 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hollyboc

I noticed right away that they all had expensive sunglasses on and I wondered who paid for them!

October 14 2010 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arlason68

i watched the rescue think they will send me a pair of sunglasses?

October 14 2010 at 7:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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M Washam

Probably not...watching the feed doesn't entitle you to anything. Getting a job and buying your own however, will.

October 14 2010 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura

Oakley has to be one of the ultimate patriotic and philanthropic brands. Their sunglasses are standard issue in the military and here they are, making sure that these miners don't go blind after months in darkness.

October 14 2010 at 2:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mgordon514

I knew it.

October 14 2010 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mgordon514

And it's crass.

October 14 2010 at 12:38 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ktamlyn

I know what brand of sunglasses I'll be wearing from now on. Way to go Oakley!

October 13 2010 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Buddy

Hey, Rick, haven't you seen the Oakley's that many soldiers wear? They have saved many soldiers eyesight from flying shrapnel. Thermo-nuclear protection, baby! I wouldn't wear anything but Oakleys. Must have about a dozen pair. You cynical POS's that think it's self-serving are crazy. It was a great gesture on their part. Will it help them sell more glasses? Yeah, probably, but I don't think they are hurting for money.

October 13 2010 at 9:25 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
gregorydarson

So many angry folks who just can't be happy at all! The Angry "Little" ones!

October 13 2010 at 9:23 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
rverao

God bless you when you bless others.

October 13 2010 at 8:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply