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Can you be allergic to eyeglasses?

Allergies to eyeglass frames are not common, but can be a problem for some people.

Possible eyeglass frame materials that can cause allergic skin reactions include nickel-containing metal alloys, silicone nose pads, and coatings on plastic frames.

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Though uncommon, it's possible to be allergic to certain eyeglass frames or frame components.

If you have a known allergy or are having a skin reaction to your current frames, visit an optician to select less potentially irritating materials. For example, people with nickel allergies who prefer a metal frame can switch to titanium or stainless steel frames, which are non-allergenic.

Also, people who are allergic to silicone can have the silicone nose pads on frames replaced with vinyl ones.

Talk to your optician about any allergy concerns or history of sensitive skin you have. There are so many eyeglass materials to choose from, you are bound to find one that you can wear without any skin problems or allergic reactions.

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Amy Hellem

Amy Hellem is a writer, editor and researcher who specializes in eye care and other medical fields.

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