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The rescued Chilean miners emerged wearing Oakley's Radar sunglasses. Photo:

The world is exhaling one giant sigh of relief, as all 33 of the trapped Chilean miners have been successfully rescued.

And to help protect their eyes -- as well as guard them from the spotlight they'll undoubtedly be in after this 69-day ordeal -- Oakley donated 35 pairs of its Radar sunglasses to the Chile mine rescue effort.

So, just how did the miners end up being outfitted in Oakley's sleek shades? According to a statement from the company, a few weeks ago, Oakley was approached by a Chilean journalist covering the rescue efforts who had recommended Oakley to Chilean private health insurer ACHS (Association Chilena de Seguridad) as a provider of protective eyewear for the miners once they surfaced.

Based on the group's requirements and product specs, Oakley donated the Radars with black iridium lenses in both Path and Range lens shapes.

Chile's Minister of Mining Laurence Golborne asked to wear one of the extra pairs to show solidarity, the statement says.

Normally used by skiers, bikers, golfers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts, the Radars feature a single-lens shield that wraps around the eyes. "This will give the miners optimal protection from sunlight -- not just straight ahead but at the sides of their eyes," according to the statement.

"The miners' eyes will be dilated, and this brings the risk of added UV exposure to delicate structures within the eye," the statement continues, adding that Radar lenses are treated with a coating that "prevents water from leaving sheens that can obstruct vision. It also sheds mud and repels oils and dust. This will help keep the miners' vision clear during rescue operations."

With all eyes on the miners, this probably won't be the last we see of their Oakley sunglasses.

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