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WOW - HAS IT ALREADY BEEN A YEAR? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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May 3, 2017

Where did the time go? About this time last year I was introducing myself as the new doctor at Lakeshore Eye Care. While I was new to Lakeshore Eye Care, I was certainly not new to optometry. I brought over 20 years of experience enhancing the vision of patients in southeastern Wisconsin.

Dr. James Ivanoski

It has been a privilege to join Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Mark German at Lakeshore Eye Care. While I enjoyed being a solo optometrist for many years, this new opportunity has allowed me to see more of a variety of patients as we are a combined Optometry/Ophthalmology practice.

My emphasis is on comprehensive eye examinations to evaluate the health of the eyes and how that relates to the patient’s other medical conditions. You will find that I am a good listener and will work with you to be sure you not only can see as well as possible but that all your concerns about your vision and eyes have been addressed.

Where did I come from? I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. I then went on to be a top student at the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. My wife and two children make our home in West Bend. In my free time, look for me on the golf course or rooting for the Packers.

Enough about me, what is really my point is that I look forward to meeting you. Call today to schedule your comprehensive eye examination in either our Mequon or Saukville office. Should you require cataract surgery or have an interest in LASIK vision correction, our doctors at Lakeshore Eye Care can take care of you every step of the way.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www. LakeShoreVision.com.


WHAT IS A SECONDARY CATARACT? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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April 27, 2017

A common question from patients is, “Do cataracts come back?” The answer is yes and no. Once you have cataract surgery, you do not have to go back to the operating room at a later date to repeat the procedure. What can happen is that you may develop a secondary cataract. This is a clouding behind the implant and is easily treated with a quick laser procedure.

The lens in the eye is shaped like a tiny pillow, rounded on the edges and flattened on the front and back. It is covered with a thin membrane, measuring less than 5 microns thick. At the time of cataract surgery, we carefully remove a circular area from the front of this membrane and gently vacuum out your cloudy lens. We then use this remaining membrane, known as “the bag,” to support the plastic intraocular lens which allows you to see clearly after surgery.

In about 10% of cases, this membrane becomes cloudy over time and we call it a secondary cataract. It usually takes 2-3 years for this to happen and the symptoms are very similar to those noticed prior to the original surgery: blurred distance vision, glare and halos around lights.

As previously mentioned, the treatment is a quick laser. You wear street clothes and put your chin on something that looks just like what we use in the office during your eye exam. Afterwards there are no activity restrictions and the potential risk for complications is minimal. So if you start to notice that your vision has become blurred several years after cataract surgery, come in and we will determine if this is your problem. If so, clear vision is just a quick laser away.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

Martha F. Jay, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK Vision Correction. She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


BELL’S PALSY AND YOUR EYES By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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April 13, 2017

You experience a sudden weakness on one side of your face. It looks like you have had a stroke but it is probably Bell’s palsy. This condition is generally due to swelling of the nerve responsible for movement in your face (the “facial nerve”) and not a blood clot like a stroke.
The cause of the swelling is generally not known but the problem usually resolves without treatment in up to 84% of patients. The resolution starts about 3 weeks after the onset of the paralysis and may take up to 3 months. Oral steroids are sometimes used to speed up the process.

If the Bell’s palsy results in problems closing one eye, you should be followed by your eye care professional to be sure not damage the eye.
The key is keeping the cornea, or front part of the eye, lubricated. Frequent tear drops, an ointment at night and even taping the eye closed at night may be necessary.

Bell’s palsy is more common in diabetics, those with a family history of the condition and pregnant women. It can be associated with shingles in the ear canal or other problems.

If you think you have Bell’s palsy, you should first be evaluated by your primary care physician. They will then determine if you need to have an eye care professional involved to coordinate your care. Do you have other questions about your eyes or vision? Give us a call.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German practices general optometry at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


“CAN I BEND OVER AFTER CATARACT SURGERY?” By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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April 10, 2017

This has got to be the most common question I hear from cataract patients. Their sister, neighbor or friend at church told them, “Be sure you don’t bend over after your cataract surgery.” We give out specific written instructions after cataract surgery that NEVER mention a bending restriction but this question persists. Where did it come from and why won’t it go away?

The where it came from is easy: in the past (more than 20 years ago) cataract surgery involved making a very large incision that was almost 180 degrees across the top of the eye. While there are some surgeons who have STILL not adapted the newer techniques, 99% make a very small incision (only 2.4 mm in my case). When the incision was much larger, bending over during the healing process put stress on that large incision and the many sutures required to close it.

Modern cataract surgery is generally done without stitches, patches or shots. That means that the restrictions after surgery are different too. For my patients I have only have 4 rules (besides what you do with the eye drops) for the first two weeks after cataract surgery: 1) no pushing on the eye, 2) no eye makeup, 3) no swimming and 4) do wear a plastic shield over the eye at night.

This only applies to my patients. Be sure that if you are having surgery with another ophthalmologist that you follow their instructions. That is good advice for any type of medical procedure, the instructions are intended help you have the best possible outcome. Now you can help me make this myth go away: be sure to read your post-operative instructions but don’t read too much into them!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

Martha F. Jay, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK Vision correction.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT LASIK VISION CORRECTION WITH DR. MARTHA JAY AT LAKESHORE EYE CARE PROFESSIONALS WITH OFFICES IN MEQUON & SAUKVILLE, WISCONSIN

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March 15, 2017

From Lori, Veterinary Technician & Skin Care Consultant: "I could not be happier. My vision is better than ever! I love having great vision. Prior

Lori, Veterinary Technician & Skin Care Consultant

to the surgery I was worried because I would be having the mono-vision procedure (one eye for seeing close up and the other for seeing far away). My vision is great for distance, reading, computer, work...this is the best thing I have ever done for myself! :) Dr. Jay and her staff came highly recommended by people I know - they have exceeded my expectations. What are you waiting for? Do it! I couldn't be happier with my results."

Lori had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Michael, LASIK Patient

From Michael, LASIK patient: "From the moment after the procedure to my first round of "glasses-free" golf, it has been wonderful. I'm so glad a friend referred me to Dr. Jay.  Great staff and informative. No question or expectation was left unanswered or not met. 30+ hears with glasses - I have never seen such crisp colors or sharper images like I can now. Less than 10 seconds per eye and my world has changed. I had been thinking of doing this for at least 15 years, can't believe I waited so long."

Michael had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay

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Amy, Narrator/Voice Talent

From Amy, Narrator/Voice Talent: "I am very happy with my results and Lakeshore Eye Care certainly met my expectations. If you are considering LASIK, I'd say DO IT NOW - don't wait any longer! It changes you life - minimal discomfort for maximum awesomeness!"

Amy had PRK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Travis, Financial Advisor

From Travis, Financial Advisor: "I am very satisfied with the results of the procedure. The recovery time was much quicker than I anticipated. Lakeshore Eye Care exceeded my expectations. Everyone was very professional and knowledgeable. I would let anyone interested in LASIK at Lakeshore Eye Care to know that the initial consultation is done at no cost and that they are very transparent about their fees. If you are looking for a high quality experience, this will be the place to learn about your options. "

Travis had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Dyla, Personal Assistant to Real Estate Broker

From Dyla, Personal Assistant to Real Estate Broker: "It's a scary thought at first thinking of them making an incision on your eyeball, but I could not believe how quick and painless it all was! Dr. Jay and her team are so efficient and comforting and pleasant through the whole process. It met and exceeded my expectations. I never had an ounce of pain during or after the surgery! It really is a comfortable experience. And you can literally see 20/20 seconds after your surgery! Do it! By far the best decision I ever made. I feel so free now no longer being a slave to contacts and glasses. It may be a higher expense upfront, but you'll save money and so much more in the end!"

Dyla had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Cynthia, Student/Cashier

From Cynthia, Student/Cashier: "I do not need anything to correct my vision anymore. It feels great to see clearly on my own! I had all the info I needed to make a decision to go ahead with LASIK. The whole process was quick, painless and gave good results! If LASIK is something you've been considering, Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals can answer any questions you may have.  If surgery is what you decide, I am sure the results will be beyond expectations."

Cynthia had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Brandon, Youth Ministry Coordinator

From Brandon, Youth Ministry Coordinator: "The surgery was painless! The entire process was easy and Dr. Jay and staff took great care to be sure I understood the process and was comfortable. The process was straightforward and caring - and now I can see! Do it! As a 20+ year glasses/contacts wearer the new level of comfort and convenience is wonderful. Process is easy!"

Brandon had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Tracy, Teacher

From Tracy, Teacher: "The LASIK procedure was quick, painless and with almost immediate results. The experience absolutely met or exceeded my expectations.  I expected for the recovery to take much longer but was pleasantly surprised how fast I recovered in less than a day. I would highly recommend LASIK vision correction to anyone. I wish I would have done it years ago."

Tracy had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

 

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For more information about LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com

Offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.


YOU HAVE IRITIS? WHY WAS IT MISSED ELSEWHERE? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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March 13, 2017

If your eyes are red, you usually think it's an infection. While that may be true, there are many other causes of red eyes including injuries, allergies or a lesser known condition called iritis (pronounced eye-ritis). Iritis is often overlooked because you need the special equipment in an eye doctors' office to make the diagnosis. If misdiagnosed, it may be assumed that you have an eye infection and antibiotic eye drops prescribed. Then it is only after that treatment is ineffective that the patient may be referred to an eye doctor.

Iritis in not an infection. It is an inflammation of the inside of your eye, much like arthritis is an inflammation of your joints. It is treated with steroid eye drops and possibly dilating drops. The key to telling the difference between iritis and an eye infection is where the redness occurs. With iritis, the redness is usually in a ring around the colored part of the eye. Iritis is also associated with extreme light sensitivity. With an infection, the redness usually involves the whole white part of the eye and there may also be a discharge.

If untreated, iritis can lead to vision loss due to swelling in the back of the eye, glaucoma, cataracts or an inability of your pupils to enlarge in the dark. When determining the cause of the iritis, it is sometimes necessary to send you back to your primary care doctor for a medical evaluation which may include blood tests and possibly a chest x-ray. Iritis may recur if the underlying cause of the inflammation is not identified and properly treated. Many times, however, the cause of the inflammation is not determined.

Is it time for your complete eye examination or do you have a specific eye problem? Give us a call. We have 3 doctors and two locations in Ozaukee County for your convenience. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 5:00.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German is an Optometrist practicing with Drs. Martha Jay and James Ivanoski at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


BASEBALL VS FOOTBALL EYES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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March 9, 2017

Brewers Fans know that Opening Day is coming up early next month. What they may not know is that baseball is not just a sport but also a way to explain the shape of your eyes. You have “football eyes” if the front of your eyes are curved like a football. This is called astigmatism. You have “baseball eyes” if the front of your eyes are more rounded like a baseball.

It is important to know if you have “football” or “baseball” eyes if you are considering cataract surgery. The differences between the two determine which implant options are available to you at the time of surgery. Cataract surgery is a very safe and relatively easy procedure to go through. We gently remove your natural cloudy lens and replace it with a clear implant to improve your vision.

The latest advancements in cataract surgery allow us to take advantage of more implant choices than previously available. If you have football eyes, you would see better afterwards if we place a Toric implant at the time of your cataract surgery. If you have baseball eyes, then you could benefit from a Multi-focal implant that allows you to see far away, intermediate and close up after your surgery without glasses. These bifocal-like implants let you turn back the clock and be relatively free of glasses after your procedure.

How can you tell if you have football or baseball eyes? How do you know which implant is best for you at the time of your cataract surgery? We will guide you through your available options during your cataract evaluation. Remember, you only have cataract surgery once so it is important to consider all the possibilities. Your choice will have an impact on how you see for the rest of your life.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK, glaucoma care, macular degeneration management, dry eye treatment and more. She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com


MIGRAINES CAN AFFECT YOUR VISION By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
March 8, 2017

You are having a rough day. All of a sudden your vision becomes blurred and you see moving zigzags in your side vision. They may be black and white, silver or in brilliant color. Over 30 minutes to an hour, the zigzags gradually move away and break up. Your vision returns to normal leaving you wondering what happened.

The above description is classic for a visual migraine. Visual migraines are similar to the aura people with migraine headaches experience but, lucky for you, no headache followed. Visual migraines are more common in people who had migraine headaches when they were younger or who have a family history of migraine headaches.

What should you do? First of all, if this is new for you a thorough eye examination is recommended to be sure of the diagnosis. Should the problem occur more than once, look for triggers that might bring them on and then try to avoid them. It could be stress, fatigue, bright lights, hormonal changes, red wine or certain foods.

Visual migraines leave no lasting defect in your vision. They are caused by spasms of blood vessels in the vision part of your brain, just like migraine headaches. There is generally no treatment as they quickly resolve. Should they occur so frequently that they interfere with your daily life, certain blood pressure medications can be prescribed by your primary care doctor.

Feel free to schedule an appointment should you have any concerns. The first time this happens it can be very frightening. We are here to help.

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. Ivanoski is an Optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


How to Use Technology for Low Vision Help: New York Times Article

By user-admin
March 2, 2017

Click on the image to the left for a recent New York Times article by Jane Brody with tips about how new technologies can improve independence in those with vision impairment.


IT IS TIME TO GET YOUR EYES CHECKED FOR GLAUCOMA By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
February 28, 2017

Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages the optic nerve.  The optic nerve carries vision information collected by the eye to the brain.  If the optic nerve is damaged, vision loss occurs, and is irreversible.  Most types of glaucoma are characterized by high eye pressure that can damage the optic nerve.  Although there is no cure for glaucoma, vision loss can usually be slowed or halted with prescribed eye drops or surgery.

According to the Archives of Ophthalmology in 2004, it is estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and only half of those know they have it.  Glaucoma can often times be virtually symptomless.  There is usually no pain associated with increased eye pressure.  Vision loss with glaucoma typically begins with peripheral or side vision, and significant amounts of vision can be lost before it is noticed.

Everyone is at risk for glaucoma.  The risk increases as we age.  People over age 60 are more at risk to develop glaucoma.  African Americans are more at risk to develop glaucoma than Caucasians.  Hispanic populations tend to have a higher risk to develop glaucoma as they age.  People of Asian descent are more at risk to develop angle closure glaucoma.  Other risk factors for developing glaucoma include:  certain medications like steroids, high nearsightedness, and thin corneas.

The best way to diagnose glaucoma is with a dilated eye examination.  A survey done by the Glaucoma Research Foundation found that less than half of all adults have a dilated eye examination every two years.  Glaucoma is a chronic lifelong condition that requires careful monitoring, and diagnosis is the first step in preserving vision.

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. Ivanoski is an Optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.

 

 


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