St Johns Eye Associates
PONTE VEDRA (Nocatee) :
(904) 323-3517
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.
• Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Diseases of the eyes can be difficult to detect. However, when you turn to our optometry office, you can get diagnosed and given proper treatment or management for the conditions you have.

We offer many advanced tests during our diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases in Ponte Vedra, FL. From diabetic eye exams to glaucoma testing, patients throughout the area trust the experienced staff and state-of-the-art technology at our office. So when you’re ready to take care of the eye diseases that are afflicting you, or to prevent potential conditions from developing too far, schedule an appointment with our experienced specialists.


Going to a primary care doctor or diabetic specialist is critical to managing the treatment of your overall condition. However, even if your doctor checks your eyes during your diabetes treatment, it’s important to also come in for a diabetic eye exam every year.

Diabetes often stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can ultimately break and leak, leading to damage to the retina. When this happens, it’s called diabetic retinopathy.

If this condition is discovered early enough, laser treatment can destroy the extra blood vessels before they have a chance to leak into the retina. At our office, we have the latest instruments to detect changes in the back of the eye. That’s because our professionals are committed to ensuring you get the diabetic eye care you need to maintain your vision and the overall health of your eyes.


According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, more than 60 million people worldwide suffer from this disease. More interestingly, more than half of the people affecting by glaucoma don’t even know they have it.

Since glaucoma initially has no symptoms and doesn’t cause any pain, many people are unaware that they have it until they begin to lose their vision. Without proper treatment, this disease can eventually lead to total blindness. That’s why turning to us for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases is so important. By detecting, diagnosing, and treating glaucoma early, we can help you maintain your vision.

At our office, we are proud to offer the GDxVCC, which is the most advanced glaucoma detection technology available. This device detects structural changes in the retinal nerve fiber layer of the eye, which is where early signs of glaucomatous structural damage appear. With this technology, we can start treating the disease before you start getting symptoms.

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There are several risk factors that make it more likely that some patients will get glaucoma. Our professionals are happy to go over these factors with you and assess your risk so you can be better prepared. The following are some of the most common risk factors:

  • Family History. If you have a family history of glaucoma, you may be at a higher risk for the disease.
  • Age. Once you turn 40, you may be at higher risk of developing glaucoma. For certain ethnic groups, such as African-Americans, the risk of developing glaucoma is much higher and occurs at a younger age than that of other ethnic groups.
  • Medical Conditions. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease may put you at a higher risk for developing glaucoma.


For virtually everyone, eyesight gets worse as they age. But for some, protein builds up in the eye lens, causing a cloudy spot that impairs their vision. This cloudy spot is a cataract. Some people are more susceptible to cataracts than others, and there are several factors that increase the risk of getting this condition. These factors include the following:

  • Prolonged Use of Corticosteroid Medication
  • Previous Eye Injury or Surgery
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • High Level of Alcohol Consumption
  • Family History of Cataracts
  • UV Radiation
  • Obesity
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Statin Medication
  • High Myopia
  • Diabetes

While there are many types of eye disease, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Fortunately, this condition is reversible with cataract surgery. Our office is proud to co-manage with cataract specialists that are proven experts in their field.

When you receive a cataract diagnosis, you may not want to consider surgery. And while it is not the only treatment option available, it is one of the most effective. The relatively painless procedure is performed on more than 3 million people in the United States every year—and 90% of those who opt for surgery get vision restored to between 20/20 and 20/40.


No one should suffer from blindness due to an eye disease that could have been prevented. That’s where we come in. Our professionals want to make sure every person has their best possible eyesight. With the right diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, we help restore patients’ vision or prevent them from losing their vision to glaucoma or diabetes in the first place.

To ensure you maintain your vision as best as possible, schedule an appointment at our office. We talk to you about any family history of eye disease and other risk factors you might have so you know the likelihood of developing certain eye diseases. Then, our specialists use advanced technology to detect any problems within the eye. By scheduling an annual appointment, you are much more likely to get a diagnosis in the early stage of a disease so it can be treated or managed more effectively.

Contact us today to diagnose or manage your eye condition. We proudly serve patients in Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, Nocatee, and Jacksonville, Florida.