Access Eye – Route 3 Office
4516 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Access Eye is Fredericksburg, VA’s most trusted eye care provider. Our dedicated team of eye doctors provide personalized care to every patient. Patients can expect to find a knowledgeable, friendly staff at Access Eye. Our eye care professionals correct vision imperfections, treat ocular diseases and diagnose potential problems with comprehensive eye tests.
Our Plank Road office is located in Fredericksburg and offers a spectrum of optometry and ophthalmology services, including refractive surgery. Five outstanding doctors are on staff to treat our patients:
- Arash Mansouri, MD, is an ophthalmologist who specializes in no-stitch cataract surgery. He also performs laser vision correction, glaucoma surgery and blepharoplasty.
- Matthew Tadrus, MD, is an ophthalmologist who specializes in laser vision correction surgery and advanced cataract surgery.
- Kendra Halepaska, OD, received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University. She provides comprehensive eye exams and treats ocular disease.
- Mitchell Surkamp, OD, studied at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. He enjoys helping his patients to attain the best quality of vision possible.
- Dr. Lucia Yang, OD, studied at the New England College of Optometry. Her subsequent residency was focused on ocular diseases and primary care.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
Although many people believe eye exams are solely for people who need glasses, everyone who hopes to maintain healthy eyes for their entire lives should undergo regular examinations. Access Eye’s optometrists examine all parts of the eyes, including the lens, optic nerve, pupil and retina. The examination will check your visual acuity at near, far and in-between distances, both with and without glasses. It will also test your eye’s depth perception, response to light and muscle movement. These tests help your optometrist to spot potential problems like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
The optical staff at Access Eye works in conjunction with our optometrists to provide patients with eyeglasses that provide them with the best sight possible. We provide a wide variety of frames that are both fashionable and affordable so that patients can choose options that reflect their personal style without spending a fortune. Designer frames are also available for those who want top-of-the-line glasses. Look for our selection of sunglasses (available with and without prescriptions) and children’s frames, as well.
Cataracts refer to a cloudiness that forms on the eye’s lens. Nearly 50% of Americans develop cataracts by the age of 75. Most will see their cataracts get progressively worse, continuously degrading their quality of vision.
Fortunately, cataracts are easily treated with cataract surgery, the most performed surgery in the United States. Our ophthalmologists perform this quick procedure on an outpatient basis in our surgery center. First, the cataracts are broken apart with a tiny instrument and removed from the eye through a small incision. The eye’s lens is then replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL), which is implanted in its place. Cataracts cannot reform on this artificial lens. Patients may choose from several lens options, some of which can correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Glaucoma is a group of conditions that affect the optic nerve. If fluid cannot drain properly from the eye, the resulting buildup puts pressure on the optic nerve and harms its ability to communicate information to the brain. The main type of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma, which can come on so slowly that patients have trouble recognizing it until they lose a lot of their sight. Angle-closure glaucoma is less common, but it works quickly to steal vision and should be treated as a medical emergency.
The doctors at Access Eye have multiple treatments for glaucoma: eye drops, laser procedures and surgeries such as trabeculectomy and viscocanalostomy. They will select the appropriate treatment depending on the type of glaucoma the patient has and the severity of the case. When left alone, glaucoma can lead to permanent blindness, so prompt treatment is important.
The retina is the thin layer of tissue at the back of the eyeball. It receives and sorts through visual information that enters the eye, sending that information to the brain via the optic nerve. Diseases that affect the retina can significantly impair vision, in some cases causing blindness.
The optometrists are equipped to identify and treat retina problems like macular degeneration, floaters and diabetic retinopathy. Addressing these conditions limits their symptoms and can ultimately preserve patients’ eyesight.
Chronic dry eye is a condition marked by stinging, itchy eyes. This problem is brought on by the eye’s inability to form healthy, natural tears to keep the eye sufficiently lubricated. The optometrists at Access Eye can test the volume and quality of patients’ tears to determine the root cause of the irritation. They may suggest artificial tears, prescription medication and/or nutritional modifications to decrease inflammation of the eyes.
LASIK & PRK
Refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism typically need to be corrected with eyewear like glasses or contacts. Patients who wish to see without the need for eyewear may opt for refractive surgery like LASIK. During LASIK, the ophthalmologist creates a small flap in the cornea. Beneath that flap, the ophthalmologist carefully reshapes the imperfect part of the cornea with LASIK.
PRK is a surgery that is similar to LASIK in many ways, the biggest difference being that the ophthalmologist does not create a flap to perform the surgery. The team at Access Eye can explain the other differences between the procedures to patients interested in refractive surgery.
The optometrists at Access Eye are committed to providing excellent care and maintaining the vision of their patients — young and old. If you are interested in updating a vision prescription, undergoing a comprehensive eye exam or treating an eye condition, the team at Access is well-equipped with the latest technology to offer unrivaled care. To make an appointment in Fredericksburg, VA or any of our four neighboring locations, please email email@example.com or call (540) 371-2020.