In persons under 25 years of age, ocular trauma is the number one cause of vision loss. The most common injuries involve the eyelids, lesions to the tear duct, corneal abrasions from fingernails, contact lenses, and paper edges. One of the most serious injuries of the eye is a chemical burn. Damage can be minor and temporary (e.g., from hair spray) or severe and possibly blinding (e.g., from alkalis and acids). When a chemical injury occurs, the eyes should be flooded immediately for ten minutes with any neutral fluid available (e.g., water) to minimize the damage. After irrigation, emergency medical care should be sought at once.

Blunt trauma and penetrating trauma are both significant causes of visual loss. Blunt trauma, the more common of the two, occurs when the eye is struck with a finger, fist, racket, tennis ball, or other solid object. Such injuries produce damage to the eye as a result of the sudden compression and indentation of the globe that occurs at the moment of impact. Bleeding may occur in the front of the eye between the clear cornea and colored iris, a condition referred to as a hyphema. The normally clear lens may also be damaged. It may turn cloudy, thus forming a cataract that blocks light from getting to the back of the eye, or it may be displaced within the eye so that is can no longer focus a clear image. Blunt trauma can cause retinal detachment, which generally require prompt surgical repair to prevent or minimize serious visual loss.

Penetrating trauma refers to injuries in which the eye is pierced by a sharp object such as a knife, or by a high-velocity missile such as a piece of metal or wood. Surgery is often needed to repair the damage.

Wagner Macula & Retina Center

Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia & North Carolina

Welcome to Wagner Macula & Retina Center, specializing in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, eye tumors, and the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease. We are the preferred referral for National Retina Centers of Excellence and the preeminent provider of adult and pediatric macula and retina treatments located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia & North Carolina. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer the latest technology and treatments to save your eyesight.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy 
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Occlusions
  • Retinal Vascular Disease
  • Ocular trauma & retinal detachment
  • Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy
  • Retinal Tears and Holes
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retinopathy of prematurity and other pediatric diseases of the eye
  • Cancers of the eye
  • Second Opinions

Dedicated to saving sight and enhancing lives, we offer our patients nine convenient locations, reduced wait times, and the comfort of the highest level of personal care and expertise. At Wagner Macula & Retina Center, we value our patients’ trust and confidence and understand the challenge posed by diminishing eyesight. Our team provides patients and family members with the caring touch and reassurance they need and deserve.

Dr. Alan Wagner is a board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist specializing in vitreoretinal surgery. He is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at EVMS and the Medical College of Virginia and serves as a research consultant at the Strelitz Diabetes Institute. A highly trained macular and retinal surgeon, Dr. Wagner is on the medical staff at most area hospitals, including pediatric units and children’s hospitals.

Diabetes Eye Care - Dr. Kapoor

Diabetes Eye Care - Dr. Kapoor


Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Did a great job with my mother-in-law and her macular degeneration. Great caring staff, on time, efficient, pretty office, and he's really nice."

    Jody W.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr Wagner helped me when I was having an eye emergency and was in tremendous pain. I highly recommend him and his staff!"

  • Healthgrades

    "I had excellent results from my eye surgery, and would recommend Doctors Wagner and Kapoor. "

  • "The staff and Doctor Wagner are phenomenal. I can't explain enough how great the team is! Wonderful experience."

    Daniel M.
  • "From the fist visit I was treated with respect y all the workers. Dr. Wagner is the best and makes you feel very at ease. They are the best."

    Grace G.
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