Glaucoma Treatment in St. Augustine

Glaucoma Treatment in St. Augustine

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.

It's caused by fluid build-up and increased pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve that progressively worsens your vision. This disease can cause severe, irreversible vision loss if left untreated.

In many cases, appropriate control and treatment can help prevent further damage to the eyes and protect your vision. Anastasia Eye Associates offers several treatments to help address glaucoma. Learn more about the treatments we provide and contact us to schedule an appointment.

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The 2 Main Types of Glaucoma

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  • Open-angle glaucoma: the most common type. It is a lifelong condition that accounts for at least 90% of all glaucoma cases.
  • Angle-closure glaucoma: a rare form of the disease which requires immediate medical attention. It occurs when the angle is closed in many or most areas between the iris and cornea, which reduces fluid drainage and increases eye pressure.

Glaucoma: The Sneaky Thief of Sight

There is a reason glaucoma is called “the sneaky thief of sight”--half the people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it! Meaning, they may not have symptoms in the early stages.

At Anastasia Eye Associates, we diagnose and help preserve your vision with cutting-edge glaucoma treatments that can slow the progression of the disease.

If you have a family history of glaucoma or have been diagnosed with glaucoma, contact us today.

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What are the Signs of Glaucoma?

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As mentioned earlier, glaucoma usually shows no symptoms in its early stages. When signs do manifest, it's usually loss of tunnel vision or peripheral vision. Unfortunately, by the time vision loss has occurred, it cannot be reversed.

That said, the less common angle-closure glaucoma does show a sudden onset of symptoms, including:

  • Extreme eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek prompt diagnosis and treatment by contacting Anastasia Eye Associates in St. Augustine or visiting your nearest emergency room.


Who's at Risk for Glaucoma?

  • Age 40 +

    The prevalence of glaucoma increases with age, with most glaucoma patients aged 40 and up. That said, there is a much rarer form of this disease (congenital glaucoma) that affects infants.

  • Family History & Ethnicity

    Your risk for developing glaucoma is higher if you have a family history of the disease. Those of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American, and Indigenous Canadian descent have a higher risk of developing this disease.

  • Other Conditions

    High myopia, hypertension and diabetes can increase the risk of developing glaucoma.

  • Eye Injury or Trauma

    An eye injury, trauma or eye surgery can increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma.


Common Glaucoma Treatments

There is currently no cure for glaucoma. However, several treatments are available to prevent the progression of this sight-robbing condition. With the right care, you have a higher chance of managing your glaucoma and preserving your vision.

Common treatments include:

Eye Drops

Your optometrist will prescribe eye drops to help regulate pressure inside the eye by decreasing fluid production and/or improving drainage.

Laser Surgery

If eye drops aren’t doing enough to reduce intraocular pressure or intraocular temperature in open-angle glaucoma, laser surgery may be an option. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) opens up the drainage system in the eye to reduce pressure.

SLT is successful in 80% of cases and can reduce eye pressure by 20%.

Other Surgeries

If a laser procedure or eye drops do not lower eye pressure to the desired level, your eye doctor may recommend one of the following surgeries:

  • Incision Surgery
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • Glaucoma Drainage Implants

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

Glaucoma Testing Treatment FAQs

How does an eye doctor diagnose glaucoma?

Since glaucoma has no side effects early on, it is essential for people with a family history of risk factors for glaucoma to get tested. The following tests diagnose glaucoma:

  • Tonometry: measures the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP)
  • Ophthalmoscopy (dilated eye exam): examines the shape and color of the optic nerve
  • Perimetry: measures your field of vision
  • Gonioscopy: checks the angle where the iris meets the cornea
  • Pachymetry: determines the thickness of the cornea to better evaluate eye pressure.
What foods should you avoid if you have glaucoma?

The following are the foods every glaucoma patient should consider avoiding immediately. It should help keep your optic nerve healthy and minimize eye pressure.

  • Caffeine - certain studies show that caffeine contributes to increased intraocular pressure.
  • Saturated fats - a diet high in saturated fats can lead to weight gain, which not only increases intraocular pressure but also cholesterol levels.
  • Trans fats - try to limit your consumption of trans fats because they can also raise cholesterol levels
  • Salt - make sure to consume salt sparingly, as increased blood pressure can indirectly lead to intraocular pressure.
What percentage of glaucoma patients go blind?

About 60% of patients diagnosed with glaucoma will eventually lose some vision.

However, the rate of legal blindness among glaucoma patients is 5%. Getting effective treatment early on will greatly increase your ability to preserve and maximize your vision.

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- Jun. 19, 2024
While vacationing in beautiful St. Augustine my glasses got stepped on. They were badly bent and I ... was not sure they could even be straightened. Mr. Matt Lee took the challenge, even though the glasses were not made by Anastasia Eye Associates/The Vision Center. He repaired them and sent me on my way, and would not accept payment for his time or service. I am so very happy to recommend them to anyone and everyone! Thanks, Mr. Lee!
- Jun. 11, 2024
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- Jun. 09, 2024
Recently moved to St A from Maryland and had to find all new doctors. Anastasia Eye was a blessing.... Also purchased a pair of sunglasses from them - their professionalism and guidance was much appreciated .
- Jun. 05, 2024
Great experience. Matt was such a great help!
- May. 18, 2024
I appreciate that Matt is always willing to adjust my glasses and replace the pads at no charge. In ... fact all the staff are very friendly and provide great advice. They also carry a great selection of frames.
- May. 02, 2024
Anastasia Eye Associates are friendly, professional and very accommodating. Made my visit a pleasu... re.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Very good experience. My sight is the best it has been in years. Very professional and friendly.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr Greene and staff are excellent. Matt in the optical department is awesome. Goes above and beyon... d. Highly recommend
- Apr. 17, 2024
Dr. Greene has been my eye doctor for four years. Very thorough exams every time. Everyone that work... s there is helpful and professional. A great place to buy your prescription glasses. Thanks
- Apr. 04, 2024
I just had an eye exam with Dr. Greene and his office. From the front desk to his associates, you co... uldn’t ask for a more professional staff.Friendly and nice. It was a really great experience! Highly recommend their services!
- Mar. 28, 2024
This is a fair family business that I trust. They have a huge selection of frames to choose from as ... well!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Visited Anastasia Eye Associates on A1A this morning to replace the pads on the nose piece on my gla... sses. Optical Manager Matt took great care of me. Replaced the pads at No Charge (wow) and also noticed one the screws on my lens was loose and fixed that too. That was pretty awesome. We r visiting from Wisconsin and he sure helped us out. Highly recommend them!!! Thanks Matt!!! Sue Rheingans
- Mar. 01, 2024
I broke my eyeglasses and I only have the one pair. I found out that my optometrist does not do rep... airs and wouldn't even fit me a new frame. I called Anastsia Eye Associates and the receptionist told me to come in so they could do an assessment. Matt Lee the Optician took over 30 minutes finding a frame to match my lenses as he could not repair my broken frames. He then put my current lenses in the new frames and made sure they fit me properly. I was so impressed! They are now my Optometrist and I have an appointment later this month for a full exam. Thank you so much!
- Feb. 27, 2024
Broke my glasses while traveling, went to this establishment, and he was able to repair them in 10 ... minutes. No charge. A very fine looking business.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Ms. Katie, Thank You for being so kind during my appointment scheduling, you explained everything th... oroughly and returned my calls.
- Jan. 22, 2024
10 years of experience with Dr. Green, Matt and team. They provide seasoned expertise and excellent ... patient/customer care and service.
- Jan. 14, 2024
Traveling in the St. Augustine area and my glasses needed repair. Walked in and Matt Lee repaired my... glasses in five minutes at no charge. Wonderful service and friendly people.
- Jan. 12, 2024
A Friendly, caring team of professionals!! We were so impressed and have already spread their name a... round town. So glad we found Dr Green and his team! 😊
- Dec. 29, 2023
Broke my sunglasses frames and within a half hour I had new frames! Excellent and fast customer serv... ice by Michelle!
- Dec. 08, 2023
Walked in for a repair. The attention & service was exceptional. 5-Star

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