Recent posts

HOLIDAY LIGHT HALOS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
December 20, 2018

Holiday season is here along with many displays of decorative exterior lighting.  While they can be quite beautiful, sometimes how the holiday lights appear can alert you that something might not be quite right with your vision.

Starbursts and halos are a common vision complaint when looking at holiday lights or even headlights all year long.  We use the term “starburst” to describe what you see when a pinpoint of light appears to have radiating spokes coming off it. The term “halo” describes when you see circles around a light source. Both symptoms can be due to something as benign as not having the most up-to-date glasses or contact lens prescription to more serious problems such as cataracts. If you are noticing these symptoms, during the holiday season or anytime during the year, your first move is to call us for a comprehensive eye examination so we can determine the cause and take care of it.

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the front of the eye, behind the colored iris.  They can make lights appear dim, cause glare or make colors appear dull.  Cataracts are removed with a 10 minute outpatient surgery generally these days without shots, stitches or patches. The surgery involves replacing the cloudy lens with a clear plastic lens implant.  There are a number of options for these implants which will be discussed should this be found to be your problem.

Take time this holiday season to enjoy the many wonderful lighting displays.  But if the lights appear a little different this year, consider getting an eye examination. Your problem could be cataracts but it could also just be that your glasses need updating or that you have dry eyes. Have a very happy holiday season!

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery. She practices at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

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

 


DON'T TRUST "DR. GOOGLE" a New York Times Editorial

By user-admin
December 19, 2018

Click on the image to the left for a link to a New York Times Editorial about the problems associated with taking the advice of "Dr. Google" over that of your health care professional.


A GIFT FOR OUR CATARACT PATIENTS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
December 14, 2018

This holiday season we have a gift for our cataract patients: we have simplified the drops you use after cataract surgery! We heard you when you said the surgery was nothing but the drops were quite a chore. We had been using three types of drops, each in their own bottle. Not only was it annoying to deal with all the bottles but Insurance coverage for the drops was inconsistent, some plans covered them and some did not. That meant that not only did you have the fuss with three different bottles, you might have had to contend with a significant out-of-pocket expense to purchase them.

Over the last few months we have been transitioning to an all-in-one eye drop bottle for our cataract patients. A pharmacy combines all three kinds of drops in a single bottle for your convenience. You get the benefit of a steroid drop (like prednisone), a strong antibiotic drop and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drop (like Advil) all in one. The new product is called Pred-Gati-Brom as it contains Prednisolone (the steroid), Gatifloxacin (the antibiotic) and Bromfenac (the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory). All three are necessary to be sure your eye heals well after cataract surgery so you can enjoy the best possible vision.

Convenience is one thing but what about cost? The new drops are very reasonably prices at $50 per bottle which is enough for one eye.  We dispense the drops in the office when you come in for the pre-operative measurements prior to surgery. Compared with the hundreds of dollars patients were spending on the three separate drops, this is quite a deal.

Easier to use and costing less, what’s not to like? MERRY CHRISTMAS, enjoy your delayed present on us.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. She practices at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


NEW YEAR, NEW JOB POSSIBILITY: OPHTHALMIC TECHINCIAN at MADISON MEDICAL EYE CARE with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
December 6, 2018

Are you looking to make a career change? You might consider becoming an ophthalmic technician.  You would work closely with our doctors in completing the testing involved for eye examinations and to prepare patients for eye surgery. It is fast paced and never boring. While challenging, we provide thorough on-the-job training so you have the knowledge you need to feel confident in your abilities.

The best ophthalmic technicians are those who really enjoy people. They are good listeners and are willing to learn new skills. It helps to have some background in healthcare but this is not absolutely required. All our technicians work as a team to support our doctors and are an invaluable resource to those new to the job. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Ophthalmology and optometry are ever changing fields. New contact lenses come out, new ways to do cataract surgery and LASIK are developed. Our patients are ever grateful for the gift of sight that we provide, making Madison Medical Eye Care a happy place to work!  You would be aligning yourself with the well-respected eye surgeon Dr. Martha Jay and popular optometrist Dr. James Ivanoski.

If you think this may be the job for you, contact our office manager Linda at Linda.Knapp@Ascension.org with your resume and a brief letter describing why you think you would make a good ophthalmic technician.  And if there are any experienced ophthalmic or optometric techs out there, we'd love to hear from you also!

For more information about our practice, visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com or call 262-241-1919. We have two offices in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. One in Mequon and the other in Saukville.


LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville Wisconsin

By user-admin
November 14, 2018

I’m Dr. Lisa Bennett. I am very pleased to announce that I will be joining Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care next summer! Some of you may already have appointments scheduled with me so let me take a moment to introduce myself.

I am an ophthalmologist (Eye Physician and Surgeon) like Dr. Martha Jay. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Biochemistry and then completed my M.D. degree at the Chicago Medical School.  Up next was a transitional year in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. This is required of all ophthalmologists to be sure we are well grounded in general medicine before specializing in eye care. I am currently in my third year as an Ophthalmology resident at Saint Louis University.

I very much enjoy teaching and instruct part of the cataract surgery courses at Saint Louis University.  Ophthalmology is such an innovative field. I love being able to offer my patients the latest and greatest of the technologies and procedures available.  I enjoy all aspects of eye surgery including refractive surgery and cataract surgery. I have personal experience with LASIK, having had the procedure myself. Reducing dependence on glasses can make such an impactful change in someone’s life.  I’m pleased to offer astigmatism correction and multifocal implants with cataract surgery, as well as blade-free LASIK and PRK.

I’m not all work, however, I enjoy being active and have completed two marathons.  My husband and I also enjoy hiking, traveling and of course Wisconsin cheese.  You will be please to know that I will be seeing patients at both the Mequon and Saukville offices.  See you soon!   I’m now scheduling patients for August of 2019.

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


CONTACT LENS RECYCLING By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
November 8, 2018

Most contact lens wearers wear disposable soft contact lenses.  Disposable contact lenses are usually replaced every day, every 2 weeks, or every month.  The contact lenses are made from plastic.  They are packaged in a plastic container with a foil top.  Each contact lens wearer could go through up to 365 contact lenses per year.  This produces a lot of recyclable waste.

A recent study has indicated that there are large amounts of soft contact lenses that end up in wastewater treatment plants.  This means that they are being washed down the drain or flushed in toilets.  Soft contact lenses do not easily biodegrade in a short amount of time, and are transported from wastewater treatment plants to landfills at an estimated 44,000 pounds per year in the U.S.  This does not account for the mass of packaging from soft contact lenses that is disposed of every year.

Due to the small size of contact lenses and their packaging, regular recycling programs do not tend to work.  These small items are often sorted out and sent to a landfill at recycling centers.  There is currently research being done by contact manufacturers to come up with biodegradable contacts and packaging.

The free One by One program sponsored by Bausch and Lomb in partnership with TerraCycle (a recycling company) is a great way to recycle your contacts and contact lens packaging.  It is free to sign up online and easy to do.  Please do not wash contacts down sinks or flush them.  Let’s be good stewards of our environment and keep the plastic from these great vision devices out of landfills.

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. James Ivanoski practices with Dr. Martha Jay at Madison Medical Eye Care (formally know as Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals). He specializes in comprehensive eye care for the whole family and accepts most insurance plans.

For more eye care information on such topics as LASIK vision correction, small incision cataract surgery, contact lens care, macular degeneration, dry eyes, glaucoma and more, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.


DR. JAY & DR. IVANOSKI and OTHER MADISON MEDICAL AFFILIATES PHYSICIANS ARE “TOP DOCS” AGAIN IN THE MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE SURVEY By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
October 27, 2018

While I have long made the list of the “Top Docs” in the Milwaukee Magazine survey, they have now included Optometrists also so Dr. Ivanoski gets to share the honor! Check out the November issue for primary care doctors and specialists in the Milwaukee area who were selected by their peers as outstanding health care providers.

We have lots of company in the survey with our new colleagues at Madison Medical Affiliates. Those doctors made the list in Endocrinology, Dermatology, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Breast Surgery, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sleep Medicine, Urology and Vascular Surgery.  We are very pleased to be in the company of such well respected physicians.

It has been almost a year since Lakeshore Eye Care became part of Madison Medical Affiliates and our staff and patients would agree that the transition has been seamless. We still have the same “Top Docs,” same great staff and same two locations in Ozaukee County (Mequon and Saukville). What has changed is that I’m not spending time managing the practice, leaving that up to the able staff at Madison Medical Affiliates.

While survey results are nice, the real purpose of our day is providing our patients with the best possible vision whether it is through glasses, contact lenses, refractive surgery or cataract surgery. Dr. Ivanoski and myself provide comprehensive eye care for the whole family and accept most insurance plans. For more eye care information, visit our www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com or call 262-241-1919.


MIGRAINES CAN AFFECT YOUR VISION By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
October 15, 2018

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. Martha Jay is a board certified Eye Physician & Surgeon specializing in blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery. She practices at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


HALLOWEEN HAZARDS By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
October 12, 2018

Halloween is such a great time of the year…the beautiful fall colors, the crispness in the air, the endless candy supply and of course the costumes.  With all the fun, however, there are some potential eye hazards to be aware of.

To add that extra something to your costume, you or your children may have considered decorative contact lenses. Because you can buy them over-the-counter or online, it may appear that a proper fitting or special care is not necessary. This could not be farther from the truth.  These “one size fits all” novelty contacts are not professionally fitted and could cause pain, infections, scratches or even permanent corneal scarring and vision loss.  It is important to realize that these costume products are being sold illegally and are not FDA-approved. By federal law ALL contact lenses are considered to be a medical device, only to be distributed by licensed eye care professionals after determining the proper fit.

Some Halloween activities can also lead to eye injuries.  What may seem like a harmless traditional game, like apple bobbing, could lead to scratches on the surface of the eye or infections from dirty water.  When putting together your children’s costumes, especially, be sure their side vision is not obstructed. Darting around in the dark is even more hazardous of you cannot see your surroundings well.

We at Madison Medical Eye Care hope you have more treats than tricks this Halloween!  We know you will all enjoy this holiday more by taking a little extra care to keep everyone safe from Halloween hazards.

Dr. James Ivanoski practices at Madison Medical Eye Care with Dr. Martha Jay, a leader in eye surgery including blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery. Dr. Ivanoski specializes in comprehensive eye care for the whole family and welcomes patients of all ages into his practice. He accepts most insurance plans.

Dr. James Ivanoski

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


DOES YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AFFECT YOUR EYE PRESSURE? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
October 1, 2018

As far as your health is concerned, the two times you hear about “pressure” is with blood pressure and eye pressure. An abnormally high blood pressure could lead to heart disease or stokes. An abnormally high eye pressure could lead to vision loss from glaucoma.  A logical question is whether or not the two are directly related.

It turns out that the two are related. A 2005 article in the British Journal of Ophthalmology reported on the Beaver Dam study. This is a Wisconsin based long term study following thousands of people in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The study looked at diastolic (the low number) blood pressure and systolic (the higher number) blood pressure and compared it to the patient’s eye pressure. The results found that for every 10 mm Hg increase in diastolic blood pressure, there was a corresponding 0.6 mm Hg increase in eye pressure. The effects of systolic blood pressure on eye pressure were less. For every 10 mm Hg increase in systolic blood pressure, there was a 0.3 mm Hg increase in eye pressure.

Is this important? First and foremost you concern should be maintaining a healthy blood pressure. This is something for you and your primary care provider to determine. As for eye pressure, you would have to have a very significant elevation in blood pressure to cause significant vision damage from glaucoma but it could certainly happen.

This is just another reason to keep on top of your general health care as it can affect your eye pressure too. Other potential eye problems from uncontrolled blood pressure include small strokes behind the eye and broken or blocked blood vessels in the eye. Take care of yourself and make your eyes happy too!

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Eye Physician & Surgeon (Ophthalmologist) practicing at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specialized in eye surgery including blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.

 


Stay Connected


We want to hear from you