What is Glaucoma?

Doctor looks into a patients eye using a tool

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning (“sneak thief of sight”). In the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms. Studies suggest that half of the people affected by glaucoma in the United States may not know they have it.

It is important to have a regular eye exam as glaucoma does not have any symptoms in its early to mid-stages. Once visual loss occurs, it is permanent.

Causes of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is caused by a number of different eye diseases which in most cases produce increased pressure within the eye. This elevated pressure is caused by a backup of fluid in the eye. Over time, it causes damage to different parts of the eye particularly the optic nerve.

No matter whether the eye pressure is high, normal or below normal, it can still cause damage. Most types of glaucoma are chronic, and are present for the person’s lifetime. Some types of glaucoma occur suddenly (such as angle closure glaucoma), but most develop slowly, over months or years.

Diagnosing Glaucoma

Since the level of intraocular pressure may not indicate with certainty whether or not one has glaucoma, the diagnosis is made by detecting the presence of characteristic ocular tissue damage related to intraocular pressure with visual field testing, optical coherent tomography (OCT) analysis of the optic nerves, fundus photography, and careful examination. Florida Eye Specialists offers the latest technology available for the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma.

Changes Coming to Our Nocatee Location – Optical Shop Closure

Dear Patients,

Starting October 1st, 2023, we are discontinuing the sale of eyeglass frames at our Nocatee location. Please note that all other services will continue to be available at this location. Our dedicated team of eye care providers and staff are committed to providing you with the highest level of care for your eye health and ensuring you receive the necessary treatments and examinations.

We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team who will gladly assist you.

Thank you for your continued trust and support. We look forward to serving you with our comprehensive eye care services at our Nocatee clinic location.

Please call our location if you have questions (904) 249-3937 – we’ll be happy to assist.