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Local Eye Dr Helping School Children with Vision Problems

A Virginia eye doctor, who saw the impact of helping underprivileged children get eye exams and glasses when he helped provide 5,000 pairs of glasses to people in Peru, will be examining children in King George County schools beginning this month and providing free glasses to those who cannot afford them.

Dr. Miles Press, who has offices in the King George Walmart in Dahlgren, is a former Air Force officer who is trying to make a difference. “When people can see, they can function better, they can focus better,” said Press, who has been an eye doctor for 42 years. Dr. Press was the developer of the first tinted soft contact lens in 1980 and had his own contact lens company called CTL Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. I helped people with disfigured pupils function better by providing a tinted soft contact lens to cover their disfigured pupil, thereby giving the individual more self esteem and allowing them to look like a normal individual.

Working with the Christian-based organization Vision With A Purpose, Dr. Press hopes to provide eyeglasses for children in need in King George, Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County in coming months.

“Beginning Feb. 19, we are going to be visiting all five public schools in King George. We will screen the children and provide glasses for those who cannot afford them,” Press said.

Press, a native of Pennsylvania, has been in private practice in Virginia since 1973. In addition to his offices in Dahlgren, he also has an office in Culpeper and divides his time between the two locations. The Dahlgren office is located at 16375 Merchant Lane, inside the Walmart.

His efforts to provide eyewear in King George are being sponsored by the Peoples Community Bank and by Vision With A Purpose, where Press serves as a vice-president of the charitable organization.

Vision With A Purpose, which has an office in Manassas, is committed to helping correct vision problems for those who cannot afford to get medical care. With the help of Dr. Press and other eye doctors across the country, Vision With A Purpose provides free eye exams and free glasses to those in need. Press said his work is “definitely meaningful. I want to make a difference in people’s vision.”

Press’ Walmart office is open Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The office phone number is (540) 663-3937. The office specializes in hard to fit contact lenses, bi-focal contact lenses, sports-vision contact lenses, contact lenses for children, LASIK surgery co-management, cataract surgery co-management, and specialty corneal contact lenses. Most major insurance plans are accepted.

— Richard Leggitt

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