Glaucoma Center Performing Vital Vision Care in Northeast Florida

Glaucoma causes the internal pressure of the eye to increase enough to damage the nerve fibers in the optic nerve and cause vision loss. It is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the United States and is particularly dangerous because it can steal sight without warning or symptoms. Many nationally conducted studies indicate that the presence of optic nerve damage is the most accurate definition of glaucoma. In patients with glaucoma, these individual fibers begin to “die off” leading to a loss of peripheral and eventually central vision. High intraocular pressure, being nearsighted, and being of African-American descent can make someone more likely to be affected by glaucoma as they age.

Statistics released and reported by the Glaucoma Research Foundation indicates that over four million Americans have Glaucoma … and only half are aware they have it! An antiquated definition of glaucoma revolved around elevated eye pressure. In fact, an individual can have statistically normal pressures and still have glaucoma. And an individual can have statistically elevated pressures and never get glaucoma. 

What are the symptoms?

Typically, there are no symptoms. Open angle glaucoma, which is the most common type of glaucoma, develops gradually and painlessly, without symptoms. As the disease progresses, a person with glaucoma will not notice any symptoms until late in the disease when vision gradually fails with: loss of peripheral vision; blurred vision and difficulty focusing on objects.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Schedule your annual eye exam today! Having an annual comprehensive eye examination measures the intraocular pressure and dilates the pupil allowing Dr. Barnhorst or Dr. Balo to closely examine the optic nerve. At Barnhorst Eye Associates we use the latest proven technologies and methods. Schedule your appointment today.

How is it treated?

Several glaucoma treatments are available including eye drop therapy, laser treatments and surgery.


Additional Information

Additionally, information can be found on the Mayo Clinic’s website. Click here.

After more than 20 years of depending on glasses or contacts, Dr. Barnhorst made something possible that I thought would never be: perfect eyesight! Things have never been more clear and vivid. Dr. Barnhorst was right when he told me things would not be absolutely perfect in the beginning, but let me tell you, every day is a new and exciting day. Now, 2 weeks later, my vision is if I never used glasses or contacts. I would really like to thank Dr. Barnhorst for making life so much easier. His professionalism and knowledge of this procedure is second to none, and the staff is friendly, courteous and helpful in every way. Again, thank you.
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