Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment at Eye Care of Virginia

Eye diseases and disorders exist on different levels of seriousness -- some problems are transient in nature and easy to resolve completely, while others can lead to irreversible vision loss and blindness if they're allowed to go unchecked. Macular degeneration is one of the most serious threats to your eyesight, which is why you need to watch out for it and get the necessary treatment for it as soon as it can be detected. Eye Care of Virginia can help King George and Culpeper residents safeguard their eyes against this disease.

woman being tested for macular degeneration

What You Should Know About Macular Degeneration

Maculae degeneration gets its name from a small segment of the retina known as the macula. This retinal tissue is tasked with capturing information about your center of vision for relaying to the brain's vision center. When the macula becomes damaged or diseased, it can fail to do its job correctly, leaving you with wavy lines or even large empty spots in your central visual field. As you can imagine, this makes most everyday tasks extraordinarily difficult or even impossible, even if your peripheral vision remains untouched.

Macular degeneration can take either of two primary forms. "Dry" macular degeneration is the early, more common stage of the disease, in which tiny particles called drusen collect on the macula. "Wet" macular degeneration, the more advanced stage, involves the rapid growth of abnormal blood vessels which then leak into the eye tissues, causing a dramatic worsening of vision.

You may macular degeneration referred to as AMD or age-related macular degeneration. That's because most sufferers from this disease begin to experience as they approach their 60s. It's believed that smoking, poor diet, UV rays, and exposure to blue light (such as the blue light produced by LED screens) may be factors in its development (along with genetics).

Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations From Our Optometrist

Our optometrist can provide you with your first line of defense against macular degeneration: regular eye exams. A comprehensive eye exam that includes retinal evaluation and vision testing lets us detect macular degeneration in its earliest forms. we can then prescribe dietary changes (including a nutritional protocol called AREDS2), protective eyewear, and lifestyle adjustments to minimize the disease's progress. If you require additional treatment, we may recommend that you receive medications to stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels, or even laser treatment from an eye surgeon to seal bleeding vessels.

Schedule Preventative Care in Culpeper or King George

Remember, early detection is critical in your fight against macular degeneration. Call our Culpeper or King George office to schedule a comprehensive eye exam!

Locations

Find us on the map

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

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