Dry Eye

Dry eye Culpeper & King George optometrist

Your eyes should naturally be covered in tears all the time, not just when you are watching the latest sad movie. Tears provide moisture and lubrication to your eyes and help to keep them feeling comfortable. All tears are a mix of water, mucus, oils and special antibodies and proteins that help to keep your eyes free of infection. Tears come from special glands around your eyes, and when the tear system isn't working properly, dry eye is often the result.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Not every case of dry eye feels the same, but most patients have a similar set of symptoms. Some of the most common are:

  • Feeling like there is something in your eye
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • A gritty feeling
  • Blurry vision
  • A sensitivity to light

At times, dry eyes can cause the opposite reaction when your eyes make too many tears to make up for the dryness. Your body will send a flood of tears through your tear ducts, causing your eyes to water as if you're crying. These tears are mostly made of water, though, and don't do your eyes much good.

Causes of Dry Eyes

Your environment can be one of the simplest causes to discover. If you sit in front of a fan, or have an air conditioning duct blowing toward you, this can dry out your eyes rapidly. The answer is not always that simple, though. Other causes include aging, the side effects of certain drugs such as antihistamines, diseases that block your eyes' ability to make tears and even physical problems that don't allow your eyes to close all the way.

Dry Eye Treatment

At Eye Care of Virginia, our optometrist has many options when it comes to treating dry eye syndrome. The most common solution is artificial tears, in both drop and ointment form. Each person's body chemistry works differently, so you may have to try more than one variety to find the one that works best for you.

If your eyes are drying out too fast, tear duct plugs might be the solution. Our doctor will temporarily plug the punctum, the duct that drains tears from the eye. This plug is designed to dissolve over time, but will indicate whether a more permanent plug would be a good solution.

If the oil glands in your eyes are blocked, we may use Lipiflow, a medical device that uses pressure and heat to unblock the clogged gland.

Patients with chronic dry eye often respond well to cyclosporin, a prescription eye drop that causes an increase in tear production.

Finding a Dry Eye Solution

If you are suffering from dry eyes, our optometrist, Dr. Miles Press, can help. We have offices in both Culpeper and King George, VA, for your convenience. Contact us at our Culpeper office at (540) 825-3937, or our office in King George at (540) 663-3937 to make an appointment.

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Culpeper Office

Monday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

Closed

Wednesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

10:00 am-3:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

King George Office

Monday:

Closed

Tuesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

Closed

Thursday:

Closed

Friday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Press CARES about his patients, insurance or not AND he is the most thorough eye doctor I have ever been to. The prescription he gave me, made me see correctly, once again, I am so thankful. Dr Press and his staff are great!"
    Katrin H
  • "I'm so glad I changed eye doctors. I had been going to Dr. H by the hospital for a long time and he had given me a prescription for contacts that I tried and tried to wear with no success. Dr. Press gave the right "size" contacts and was able to walk out wearing the contacts with no problem! He has great manners and even took my blood pressure! Glad to have finally found a knowledgeable Optometrist I can SEE in a regular basis."
    Ines P
  • "I recently needed to change my vision prescription and was finally in need of bifocals. I went to see Dr. Miles Press for both convenience (local eye doctor) and because he accepted my insurance. I needed to have vision in my right eye adjusted several times, and several right lenses replaced. Dr.Miles Press worked tirelessly to make sure my vision was correct and I was never charged for each subsequent visit or lens replacement. I've never had an eye doctor like that before, that really cares and is fast and on the ball with knowledge to get you the correct prescription. He also cared that I went with Progressive lenses over bifocals because they provide three fields of view and eliminate the annoying line. To sum it up, an eye doctor that treats you like he would his own family is a rare experience. I will continue to go to Dr. Miles Press as long as he is in business and accepts my insurance. No question."
    Thomas C
  • "I didn't know my vision could change, and I also didn't know that I could see the world more clearly than how I was already seeing it! Dr. Press was professional and very helpful and educating! Highly recommend!"
    Karla N
  • "Dr. Miles Press was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He explained a lot about my eye care that no Dr. has ever taken the time to do."
    Wendy S