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Has Anyone Had A Problem With Oakley Wisdom Lenses?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi

Have recently had a problem where the coating on the inside of my oakley wisdom lens seems to have "smeared " for want of a better word.They have gone foggy and cloudy in patches.At first i thought i had something on them that was greasy but on inspection definately a lense problem.Started when skiing in Vail in extreme cold and progressively got worse.Changed the lens when in Morzine a week ago and the guy in the store said he'd seen a couple go this way.Advised me to find out if there was a known problem and then send them back to oakley and ask for refund / replacement.

Has anyone else had a problem? look forward to hearing from anyone
post #2 of 12
Unfortunately, it is a fairly well known problem.

The "fog-proofing" on the inside of the lens is very fragile if you wipe it when it is wet.

I have not had problems with mine but I am very careful.
post #3 of 12
Yep, happens all the time with Oakley goggles. You have to treat the inner lens very gently
post #4 of 12
Been discussed numerous times before. Never wipe the inside of the lense when it is wet/damp as it will wreck the soft anti-fog coating. Oakley's are particularly bad for this. You can try sending them back to Oakley for some loving. They were nice to me & replaced the lense, but be forewarned that their care instructions do say specifically not to wipe the inside of the lense when wet. So they are not obligated to warranty them.

If you must clean them, do it when the googles are completely dry & the anti-fog coating is hard.
post #5 of 12
Now that you know not to wipe them (maybe you didn't wipe them) if you just shake off the snow and wear them, the anti-fog coating will actually prevent those little particles of snow from fogging. After an hour or so of wearing them, they'll be completely dry on the inside.

This is why I actually love Oakleys. When I pack them with snow, I shake them, wear them, and never have any problems.

Follow the instructions, be delicate, and they'll make you happy.

I saw a guy here in Japan wetting a napkin and wiping the inside of his Wisdoms. I gave him the lecture. He rolled his eyes at me. Then he showed me his "film" he was trying to wipe off. I told him that film is actually from wiping them in the first place. It was his very first day with Oakleys. And in Japan, they're wwaaaay marked up. Poor guy.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
thanks guys for the info

i didn't wipe them as i know that they say not to - only ever cleaned the outsides and with the bag as they say to,so i'll print off this comment page and send it to oakley along with my lens and hopefully they'll do the right thing .
post #7 of 12
If the inner surface of the lens has an orange peel pattern (will actually feel slightly rough to the touch), then you need to rinse them under cold running water for a few minutes, shake excess water off, and let air dry or gently blot with micro fiber cloth.

The anti fog coating can absorb particulates and develop this orange peel pattern over time (or it can happen in a matter of days/hours if you are sweating a lot). By rinsing in cold water, you flush the particulates out.
post #8 of 12
I've got that orange-peel on a lens or two. Not very visible when I'm wearing them, but there nonetheless.

This is the first I have heard about rinsing them... any other input?
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by samurai View Post
I've got that orange-peel on a lens or two. Not very visible when I'm wearing them, but there nonetheless.

This is the first I have heard about rinsing them... any other input?
Sounds fishy to me...and I've NEVER seen that recommended by Oakley. Do at your own peril.
post #10 of 12
When I get home tonight, I'll post the e-mail from Smith about the orange-peel issue and the rinsing procedure. I've done it on Scott and Smith goggles since I learned about the fix, and it worked great. I was about to toss the lenses in the trash.
post #11 of 12
Fair enough!
post #12 of 12
Here's the e-mail I got from Smith when asking about the problem:

Quote:
Hi Craig,
Thank you for your email! From what I can tell, it seems you are
experiencing a condition known as "orange-peel" on the inner surface of
your inner lens (the surface closest to your face). It is often
mistaken as being in between the lenses due to its ability to resists
being wiped away.

The orange-peel effect occurs when particulates, or contaminates, are
transported in evaporating sweat molecules from your face to the inner
surface of your goggle lens. The treatment applied to our inner lenses
is designed as a hydrophobic (water-absorbing) surface in order to
absorb moisture before moisture can condense on a lens and creating
fogging. Though it is the most effective anti-fog treatment known, the
downside is that when it absorbs the moisture it also absorbs these
particulates, and when the moisture evaporates these stay in the
micro-channels on the surface of the lens.

Contaminates are usually salt molecules and/or oil. In order to release
them from the lens:

1) remove the lens from the frame
2) place your finger over the breath hole of the lens at the nose area
3) wash it underneath cool water - do not use any soaps or detergents as
these will damage the lens
4) pat dry with a microfiber lens cloth

Once you have done this it may take a few minutes for the lens to dry
out completely, at which time the film should have been sufficiently
removed from the surface of the inner lens. If you have any other
questions or problems, please let us know.

Thanks again,
Christy
Smith Optics
I tried this fix on three goggle lenses and it worked great. I shook them off and let them air dry for the most part -- didn't want to mess with a cloth on that inner surface when it was wet.
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