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FLEX PLANS AND LASIK By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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September 19, 2016

Did you just spend another summer annoyed with your contacts and glasses?  Have you been considering LASIK but are not sure how to fit it into your budget?  If that sounds like you, don’t overlook the savings offered by Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts.  While not part of all benefit packages, many employers do provide this option to utilize pre-tax income for medical procedures such as LASIK.  The rules vary but most plans require a Fall commitment for the following year.  Check with your Human Resources Officer to determine your specific deadline.

Even if one of these plans is not an option for you, LASIK actually saves you money compared to staying in contacts and glasses. You may not realize it but those expenses add up: If you are now 30 years-old and wear 2 week disposable contacts, you can expect to spend $21,900 over the rest of your life on contacts, glasses and solutions!

Most, but not all people are good candidates for blade-free LASIK. That’s why a LASIK screening exam is critical before committing Flex funds for coming year. This complimentary evaluation involves critical measurements of your vision and your eyes to determine if LASIK is right for you.  You’ll learn a lot about LASIK and have a chance to get acquainted with our great team at Lakeshore Eye Care.

Improve your outlook on life in 2017 by calling today to arrange your no-pressure LASIK screening exam.  See you soon.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a pioneer in laser refractive surgery in the Milwaukee area, being the first doctor in the area to utilize a laser for this purpose.  She now exclusively uses the WaveLight blade-free LASIK system: the fastest laser available anywhere for LASIK vision correction.  In just seconds, you can improve your vision and say goodbye to those annoying contacts!

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

 


HOW DOES ALCOHOL AFFECT THE EYES? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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September 19, 2016

Most adults like to have a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail once in a while.  So how does that drink affect the eyes?

Alcohol is a depressant.  If consumed in excess, it causes our focusing and eye muscle movements to slow down and become less reliable.  This results in focusing difficulty and even double vision which can make depth perception difficult.   It can slow down our pupil reaction speed to changes in light.  This causes a decrease in contrast sensitivity making it harder to see things at dusk or twilight.  It can also make it more difficult for the eyes to readjust from oncoming glare of headlights while driving at night.

A few drinks can make the eyes drier.  Dry eye sufferers may notice that their eyes are significantly drier after drinking.  Alcohol is a vasodilator (blood vessels get swollen).  This causes red eyes.

The way that our body metabolizes alcohol can elevate blood sugar levels.  This can be a problem for diabetics.  It can cause vision fluctuation and increase the risk for diabetic retinopathy (hemorrhages and swelling of the retina).

Alcohol is also toxic.  If consumed in massive quantities at once or over many years, it can have serious detrimental effects to the eye health and vision.  Alcoholics are at risk to develop something called toxic amblyopia.  This is caused by malnutrition and vitamin A and B deficiencies that result from alcoholism.  The optic nerve that brings information from the eye to the brain can be damaged resulting in permanent vision loss.

Most physicians agree that drinking alcoholic beverages occasionally and in small amounts is probably not harmful, but try not to overdo it.

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. James Ivanoski is the latest additional to the staff at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, joining us in May. He has more than 20 years experience as an eye care provider and has fit in quite well. He specialized in general eye care and contact lens fitting.

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


I’M A GLAUCOMA “SUSPECT” – WHAT’S THAT? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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August 12, 2016

Have you been told that you are a glaucoma suspect? Have you wondered “What is it, do I or do I not have glaucoma?”  Unfortunately the diagnosis of glaucoma is not cut and dry. There is a grey area which occurs when some aspects of your examination are suggestive of glaucoma but you do not actually have the condition.  Those in that situation are considered glaucoma suspects.

What we are monitoring are your eye pressure, the appearance of the optic nerve in the back of the eye and your side vision. The optic nerve looks like a saucer with an inside part and an outside part. The inside part in a “normal” patient is generally 30% or less than the outside part and stable over time. Your eye pressure should generally be less than 21 mm Hg.  If either an optic nerve problem is noted or an elevated eye pressure detected, further testing may be indicated.

By further testing, we generally mean the visual field computer test. You look   into a large dish and push a button when you see a small light. This measures just how bright lights have to be for you to see them in all parts of your side vision. This test is important as glaucoma vision loss starts in the periphery and it does not become apparent to patients until they have lost up to 40%.

If we do decide that you have converted from a glaucoma suspect to an actual glaucoma patient, the condition is easily treated generally with eye drops.  Does that make more sense to you “suspects” out there?  We know that the visual field tests are not particularly popular but, as noted above, they are critical for glaucoma monitoring.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) who specializes in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.

 


DR. JAY – TOP DOCTORS LIST MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE AGAIN! By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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August 8, 2016

You knew that Dr. Martha Jay was a great doctor, now the annual Milwaukee Magazine “Top Doctors” list agrees for a second year in a row. Check out the August issue for primary care doctors and specialists in the Milwaukee area who were selected for this honor.  Our patients often comment that it seems like everyone they know has had eye surgery with Dr. Jay and is thrilled with the results.  If you are ready for cataract surgery or are interested in having LASIK vision correction, call her for an evaluation to see what she can do to improve your outlook on life.

Cataract surgery may seem easy as it only takes 10-15 minutes and is pain free but there is considerable skill involved. Dr. Jay likes to say that surgery is like sailing (another of her passions) in that you learn something every time you go out. You want all that experience when you are considering a surgeon for your cataract surgery.

Dr. Jay also has considerable experience in LASIK vision correction, being the first doctor in the Milwaukee area to use a laser for refractive surgery. She exclusively offers blade-free LASIK using two lasers instead of one. This makes LASIK much safer and considerably more comfortable. There is still time this summer to have LASIK done, all you need to do is call for a free consultation to see if the procedure is right for you.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

All the doctors at Lakeshore Eye Care are proud of Dr. Jay. Our team includes myself, Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski. Between the three of us we cover all age groups and all aspects eye care from general examinations to contact lenses to eye surgery. Visit our web site or call for more details.

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


BLEPHARITIS By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 19, 2016

Why are my eyelids always red?  How come I have “crusties” on my eye lashes?  Why is there “gunk” building up in the corner of my eye?  Why do I get styes?  Why do my eyelids stick together in the morning?  If you are asking yourself those questions, you may have blepharitis.  Blepharitis is common inflammatory eyelid condition.  Some of the symptoms include redness or swelling of the eyelids, flakes on the lashes, misdirected or loss of lashes, burning, itching, a foreign body sensation, irritation and/or tearing.  Blepharitis can affect the outside part of the eyelid where the eyelashes attach (anterior blepharitis) or it can affect the inner edge of the eye lid that touches the eye (posterior blepharitis).

So what causes blepharitis?  The most common causes are bacteria (staphylococcal blepharitis) and skin conditions like dandruff and acne rosacea (seborrheic blepharitis).  Rarely, allergies, a mite infestation, or viruses can cause blepharitis.

Blepharitis is diagnosed by ophthalmologists or optometrists through a careful history of symptoms, evaluation of the eyelids and eye and a careful evaluation of the tears.  Untreated blepharitis can cause dry eyes to worsen, permanent loss of lashes, notches in the eyelid, styes and, in worst case scenarios, even scarring of the cornea.

Treatment depends on the type of blepharitis.  Eyelid hygiene typically helps for most types of blepharitis.  This includes warm compresses over the eyelids daily, gentle cleansing of the eyelashes with a non-irritating soap (baby shampoo) and the use of artificial tears.  Some types of blepharitis require prescription eye drops, ointments or oral antibiotics.  We can help you with the appropriate treatment for your situation at your next appointment.

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. James Ivanoski practices comprehensive optometry at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. 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

 


COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 12, 2016

Computers seem to be taking over our lives and along with that has come an increase in computer related vision complaints. The problem even has a name: “Computer Vision Syndrome.”  The symptoms include burning, itching, dryness or redness of the eyes along with blurred vision.  Usually the complaints begin after about 3 or more hours of computer use.  Other non-vision related problems include tension headaches and lower back pain.

70-90% of those who use computers on a regular basis for work or play experience this syndrome.  Most of the vision symptoms are due to dry eyes.  The association between dry eyes and computer usage is thought to be due to decreased blink rate. Normally we blink about 17 times per minute but with computers use we tend to “stare” and drop the blink rate down to 12-15 times per minute.

What’s the solution? The 20-20-20 rule for start: Every 20 minutes take 20 seconds to refocus 20 feet away. Set the monitor so your eyes are lined up near the top of the screen, requiring you to look down slightly to see the center.  This decreases how exposed or open your eyes are and relaxes your neck. Your screen should also be brighter than the room lighting, so dim the room lights and avoid bright sunlight. Finally, if consciously increasing your blink rate does not help then use tear supplements to improve your comfort and vision.

Other options can be discussed at your next comprehensive eye examination or sooner should there be a more urgent need.  Adapted from “Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions” by Jane Brody, New York Times 5/30/16.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German is an optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski. 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.

 


With Cataracts, My Own Private Light Show by Richard Liebmann-Smith, New York Times Contributer

By user-admin
July 6, 2016

Click on the photo to the left for a New York Times article by Richard Liebmann-Smith describing his experience before and after cataract surgery. Before the surgery the lights of the city looked like an arcade, bright and glaring, but afterwards the world was a more beautiful and realistic place!


ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT AND YOUR EYES By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
July 5, 2016

Our sun provides life giving light to our planet.  However, some of the radiation that the sun emits can potentially harm us.  Ultraviolet (UV) light is not visible to us, but can damage our skin and our eyes.  There are 3 types of UV radiation. UV-C is absorbed by the ozone layer of the earth, and does not pose any threat.  However, UV-A and UV-B can cause short and long term damage to our skin and eyes.  UV radiation can also be emitted by artificial sources such as tanning beds, lasers, and welding machines.

Exposure to excessive amounts of UV radiation without protection in a short time can cause a “sunburn” to the eye.  Welders know this as welders flash or burn of the eyes.  It causes a painful, red, tearing, and light sensitive eye lasting for several days.  Looking directly into the sun or artificial source of UV light without protection can cause permanent and irreversible damage to the retina inside the eye.  This can cause a permanent blind spot in your vision.  That is why we are taught from a young age to not stare into the sun.

Exposure to UV light prematurely ages the eyes.  UV exposure accelerates cataract growth, causes growths on the eye called pterygiums and pingueculas, is associated with macular degeneration, and cancer in or around the eye.

So, how can we protect our eyes from UV light?  Sunglasses!  It is important for all ages to be in the habit of wearing sunglasses even on cloudy days since clouds do not block UV radiation.  Even inexpensive sunglasses can block 100% of UV-A and UV-B from reaching the eyes.  Some contact lenses also block UV radiation.   We never think twice about wearing sunscreen to protect our skin so wear those sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. James Ivanoski is an Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. He provides comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages and accepts most insurance plans. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.

 


TIPS FOR HEALTHY EYES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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June 27, 2016

There is a tendency to not really think about your eyes unless you have a problem such as pain or blurred vision. Most people, frankly, take better care of their car than their eyes! They take the car in for regular servicing for preventative maintenance and repair problems as they occur. Your eyes don’t ask much, just be treated kindly, and in return they provide you with a window into the world.

The most important gifts you can give your eyes are: wearing sunglasses outside, not smoking and having a healthy diet.  The sunglasses block the UVA and UVB radiation that can damage the retina and promote cataracts. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss for those over 65 years-old and there is a clear link between ultraviolet exposure and this condition. There are two types of macular degeneration, the dry and the wet. Smoking increases your chances of developing the more severe, wet type. A diet with plenty of leafy green vegetables is also helpful in preventing macular degeneration. These are lifetime habits that protect you most precious sense, your vision.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Just as your car needs servicing, your eyes need a thorough evaluation every one to two years. The purpose is not just to be sure you have the best possible glasses and contact lens prescription, it is also to be sure your eyes are healthy. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and has no symptoms until it is quite severe. If detected early during an eye examination, preserving your vision is a simple as taking an eye drop daily.

SEE you soon!

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist 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.


SWIMMING AND CONTACT LENSES, OH NO! By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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May 24, 2016

You can’t see without your glasses so why not swim in your contact lenses?  The “why not” has to do with safety: swimming in contact lenses significantly increases your risk of developing eye problems that range from mild to quite severe. Most contact lenses are at least 50% water.  This means that chlorinated water penetrates your contacts and stays in on the surface of your eye for up to an hour after swimming.  The result is an irritation to the surface of your eye and an increased risk of infection.

While a mild eye irritation may go away in a day or so, a severe eye infection can result in permanent vision loss.  Even in the best maintained pool or spa, bacteria can be present.  In lake water, a severe pathogen called acanthamoeba may be present that causes a difficult to treat corneal ulcer.  This protozoa penetrates the cornea rapidly and often requires specially formulated eye drops to save the eye.  Beaches may also present the possibility of a fusarium fungal infection.

Those glasses may be bulky but they are your better choice over contacts in the water.  If you really want to see well in the water without glasses, however, it may be time to consider LASIK vision correction.  With LASIK you can free yourself of the hassles of glasses and still safely enjoy the outdoors.  LASIK is actually safer than contact lenses on dry land too!  As you know, our Dr. Martha Jay is a leader in blade-free LASIK vision correction.

LASIK screening exams are free, just give us a call. In the meantime, don’t wear those contacts in the water!

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. James Ivanoski is an optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. 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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