UV map

Living in the beautiful city of Charleston, we know that a lot of what makes this city great is all the sunshine. However, those UV rays can be very harmful to our eyes and skin. A recent report from The Vision Council shows that Charleston ranks 12th in the country in the most days with extreme UV. In fact, we are only a few days behind hotbeds like Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles.  With that in mind, here are a few tips to protect your eyes while you enjoy the outdoors.

–          Always wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays – even on cloudy days when UVB rays are still penetrating the atmosphere. Not sure if your sunglasses block the UV? Then bring them in and we will test them for you.

–          Keep in mind that UV rays can be reflected off of surfaces – 100% off of water, 25% off of concrete and sand, and even 3% off of grass.

–          UV rays are at their worst for our eyes between 8-10 AM and 2-4 PM.

–          Don’t forget to protect your children’s eyes as well as their immature lenses do not filter UV very well.