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EYE SMART TIPS: SAFETY ON THE FOURTH, PART TWO!

By editor
June 29, 2015

Find more information about 4th of July eye safety at the link below from the Academy of Ophthalmology:

EYE SMART TIPS: SAFETY ON THE FOURTH OF JULY


EYE SAFETY & THE FOURTH By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
June 22, 2015

The best season of the year is fast approaching: fireworks season!  Wisconsinites can look forward to local city and town celebrations, larger ones on Milwaukee’s lakefront and even some very small family displays.  However, it is important to take eye safety into consideration amidst all the “oohs and aahs” this summer.

Some tips for avoiding injury are obvious-don’t point the fireworks towards anyone, don’t let small children handle them and be sure to read the instructions carefully.  Surprisingly our most common 4th of July injury does not come from improper handling of fireworks but from flying cinders.  These types of burns can happen at large, professionally run shows as well as the small do-it-yourself variety.

Should you or someone in your family have such a problem, first rinse the eye thoroughly with water or artificial tears.  If there is a change in vision or continued pain, a visit to an emergency room or with your eye care professional may be indicated.

Most cinder injuries are minor, in that they heal up without lasting damage, but they can be quite painful for hours.  The key to rapid healing is to be sure no particles are left in the eye and to keep the eye lubricated with tear drops.  If there is an actual burn, antibiotic eye drops or ointment are sometimes necessary.  These would have to be prescribed by an eye care professional or an emergency room physician.

At Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals we are equipped to triage and treat many of these accidental summertime injuries, although we hope you don’t need our services this 4th of July season! Stay safe and happy celebrating!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free LASIK vision correction and small incision cataract surgery with premium lens implants. She welcomes patients of all ages into her practice and accepts most insurance plans.

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


CATCH MORE Z’S AND SEE BETTER By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
June 8, 2015

Burning the candle at both ends? Neglecting your sleep can have an adverse effect on your vision and your eyes by worsening dry eye symptoms. Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common reasons for a visit to an eye doctor, affecting 3.25 million women in the US over the age of 50.  A recent study showed that sleep deprivation can lead to worsening dry eye symptoms.

The symptoms of dry eye syndrome include feeling like there is something in your eye, blurred vision and excessive tearing. The last symptom, tearing, is what gets patients confused. “I thought my eyes were too wet”, is the usual comment.  Your tear film is made up of oil, water and mucus. If your mixture of the three is abnormal, it poorly covers the surface of the eye leaving dry spots. The tiny nerve endings in the surface of the eye (the cornea) detect the problem and send out more, poor quality tears resulting in the annoying drip down your face. This problem is particularly noticeable at the end of the day, after reading or using a computer, in winter or when you are out in the wind.

The study published in the medical journal Investigative Ophthalmology last summer divided a group of 20 healthy individuals into two groups: one stayed up all night and the other had an 8 hour sleep period. The “all nighters” had very salty tears which poorly covered their eyes.  Their eyes were uncomfortable and their vision blurred.

The lesson here is that your eyes need rest too, especially if you already have dry eye symptoms or wear contact lenses. Should adequate rest not solve your dry eye symptoms, however, we are here to help.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German is an optometrist practicing with Drs. Martha Jay and Josephine-Liezl Cueto at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. He specialized in comprehensive eye care, especially for those interested in contact lenses who have had problems getting the appropriate fit in the past.  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.


EXERCISE AND MACULAR DEGENERATION By Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
June 2, 2015

While only 1 in 4 of those between the ages of 65 and 74 years-old exercise on a regular basis, there is growing evidence that the other 3 should get off the couch!  Regular exercise helps with more than just conditioning; it can improve your balance, mood, decrease dementia risk and improve many chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. A recent study also showed that regular exercise can even help with macular degeneration, the leading cause of legal blindness for those over 65 years-old.

The study was published in the February issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. A group at Emery Eye Center in Atlanta had mice run on a treadmill and then attempted to induce macular degeneration with a toxic light source, a commonly used model in macular degeneration in research. The mice “worked out” on the treadmill for 1 hour per day for two weeks, were then exposed to the toxic light and followed up with another 2 weeks on the treadmill. Those who worked out had nearly twice the number of undamaged retinal cells than those who lounged in their cages.

Never exercised before? There are plenty of options in the area or you could just walk around the block on a regular basis. Many of my patients take advantage of the Silver Sneakers program at “the Y” or similar opportunities at local gyms.

You can improve your outlook on life and become happier and healthier with regular exercise. Other good advice is to keep up with those leafy green vegetables, be sure to quit smoking if you still do, and pull out those sunglasses on sunny days.   Also, if we have not seen you in the last 1-2 years, it is time to call for you complete eye examination.

Dr. Josephine-Liezl P. Cueto

Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto

Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including  small incision cataract surgery, macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eyes and more. She welcomes new patients to her practice and accepts most insurance plans.

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


11 Impossibly Cool Facts You May Not Know About Your Vision from Buzzfeed

By editor
June 1, 2015

Click below:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/acuvue/impossibly-cool-facts-you-may-not-know-about-yo?bfsms=1&utm_term=.cyYgaNZMP


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

By editor
May 13, 2015

Are your eyes more like a football or a baseball?

Been following the Brewers? 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 optimal for you at the time of your cataract surgery?  We guide you through the options available to you during your cataract evaluation.  Remember, you only have cataract surgery once so it is important to consider all the possibilities to optimize your vision.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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.

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

 


MYTH BUSTER: CARROTS HELP YOUR VISION By Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
May 12, 2015

Sorry if you heard this from your mother, but eating more carrots will probably not have much of an effect on your night vision.  Carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and leafy green vegetables all contain beta-carotene which is a carotenoid. That means that they contain a pro-vitamin that is converted to vitamin A in the body but on an as-needed basis. So if you already have a balanced diet, the excessive consumption of carrots won’t have much effect on your vitamin A levels.

Another source of vitamin A is from liver, cod-liver oil, fish oil and butter. They contain retinoids which, when consumed in excess, directly increase your vitamin A levels.   So as is the advice on most dietary factors, balance is the key.

Vitamin A deficiency is rare in the US but, in keeping with our last column about worldwide eye care, is seen with malnutrition in developing countries. Especially susceptible are pregnant women and small children. In fact, 1/3 of all children under 5 worldwide have a vitamin A deficiency. The result can be night vision problems and poor resistance to infection. One place where we do see vitamin A deficiency in the US is with alcohol abuse. Alcoholics tend to have a poor diet and the retinoids they do consume are broken down faster.

They bottom line is eat your vegetables, don’t smoke or quit if you do, and wear sunglasses on a regular basis. These are your best strategies for maintaining good vision.  Also important is regular eye care.  That means a complete, dilated eye exam at least every two years or more frequently if you have diabetes, macular degeneration or glaucoma.

Dr. Josephine-Liezl P. Cueto

Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto

Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto is a board certified ophthalmolgist (Eye Physician and Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, dry eye therapies, macular degeneration management and more. She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Drs. Martha Jay and Mark German. Dr. Cueto welcomes patients of all ages into her practice and accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare Assignment.

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


WHAT’S “VISION FORWARD”? By Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
April 28, 2015

In 2010, the two agencies in the Milwaukee area that support those with vision impairments merged. The Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired Adults and the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children combined to become the Vision Forward Association. The new organization serves all ages with expanded programming. In my practice, the most common type of vision impairment is in adults with macular degeneration. Should a patient come to a point where their vision is not improving with treatments and they are having difficulty with activities of daily life, we suggest that they take advantage of the services offered by Vision Forward.

The Vision Forward store specializes in household products that are easier for those with limited vision to operate such as phones with large numbers and talking watches. The store is located on Hawley Road in Milwaukee, just north of Wisconsin Avenue near Doyne Park Golf Course. They have a mobile store also that last week was in West Bend at the Cedar Ridge Retirement Apartments.

Dr. Josephine-Liezl P. Cueto

Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto

While the store is great, we strongly suggest that the patient schedule a Low Vision evaluation with Vision Forward. This is an in depth assessment with a trained specialist to determine which devices (magnifiers, signature guides, monitors) and services (such as free directory assistance, books on tape) would be beneficial. As they are a non-profit organization, they are not out to sell you the most expensive products available. They want to find out what the needs are and what works best for that individual. For more information, contact Vision Forward by calling 414-615-0100 or visiting www.Vision-Forward.org.

Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including macular degeneration, dry eyes, cataracts, glaucoma and more. She welcomes patients of all ages into her practice and accepts most insurance plans.

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


LASIK OR CONTACTS: WHICH IS SAFER? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
April 16, 2015

If you don’t like glasses, your alternatives include contact lenses or LASIK vision correction. We know that LASIK is more convenient and saves you money in the long run but which is the safer alternative? You’ll be surprised to learn that that actually LASIK is safer than wearing contact lenses. As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, I treat all types of eye problems. It is much more common for a contact lens wearer to come in with a severe eye problem than someone who has had LASIK.

Up to 6% of contact lens wearers per year experience a severe eye infection, worsening dry eye symptoms or even an allergy to contact lenses themselves. These and other problems are not only painful but can lead to permanent vision loss and an inability to resume contact use or have LASIK in the future.

As LASIK safety is not the same everywhere you go, select your LASIK surgeon carefully.  All my patients benefit from blade-free LASIK using two lasers instead of one.  It is almost impossible to have a complication during this type of LASIK procedure. That’s why we call it “LASIK for Chickens.”

If you have been thinking about LASIK, consider your odds of a problem if you stay in contacts. You knew that LASIK simplifies your life and is more cost effective; now add safety to the list favoring LASIK.  Give us 20 minutes and we can turn those contacts into a distant memory.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

While taking the blade out of the LASIK equation allows more patients to be good candidates, there still are exceptions. To see if LASIK is an option for you, call for your personalized screening exam.  It’s complimentary and pressure-free.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free LASIK, small incision cataract surgery with premium bifocal and astigmatism implants, glaucoma care, macular degeneration management, dry eye therapies and more. She practices with Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto and Dr. Mark German at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.  Patients of all ages are welcome and most insurance plans accepted.

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

 


ARMS TOO SHORT? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
April 10, 2015

It is not uncommon for friends and neighbors to stop me at social events, after work or even while running errands and ask the same question: “What can I do to read now that I’m in my 40’s?” Almost everyone goes through this frustrating change of not being able to see close-up and far-away with the same pair of glasses around this time in their lives. This nuisance is caused by a degeneration of the proteins of the lens (located behind your pupil) causing it to harden over time. The tiny muscles that have served you so well for focusing since childhood cannot overcome this new challenge.

So what can you do about it? It’s all about trade-offs to find what works best for you. The options include glasses, contact lenses, LASIK or even cataract surgery. As for glasses, you can get one pair for distance and one for near or combine the two in a bifocal. Some patients are lucky enough to be able to see close up by just taking their glasses off.

As for contact lens options, there are bifocal contacts, monovision contacts (using one eye for near and the other for distance) or you can wear reading glasses over the contacts. If you like monovision, then you can replicate that with LASIK and avoid the hassles of contacts. Although monovision may seem like an odd alternative, don’t dismiss it too quickly as many patients do wonderfully with this option.

If you are ready for cataract surgery, there are bifocal implants that can help you eliminate the glasses altogether. You can even have those special premium implants without having cataracts but the upcharge is more. We can find which of the many options are best for you at your next exam.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German practices with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. He specialized in hard-to-fit contact lens wearers and general eye care.  Together, the three doctors offer comprehensive medical and surgical eye care including blade-free LASIK, small incision cataract surgery, dry eye therapies, macular degeneration management, contact lens fitting and more.

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


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