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WHAT DOES 20/20 VISION REALLY MEAN? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
The measurement of visual acuity is generally noted as the number 20 on the top and another number on the bottom of a fraction. 20/20 is considered normal vision. If the bottom number is larger than 20, the vision is worse than normal. For example, a person with 20/200 vision is seeing more poorly than someone with 20/30 vision. Some fortunate people can actually see better than 20/20 (20/15 or even 20/10). The best visual acuity thought achievable by a human is 20/8.
The minimum separation between two lines that the average person can see is 1 second of arc or 1/60 of a degree. Using a mathematical formula, this translates into an 8.75 mm (0.35 inch) letter viewed from 20 feet away. In other words, a person with 20/20 vision can read a 0.35 inch letter at 20 feet. The best a person with 20/100 vision can read at 20 feet is only a 1.75 inch letter. Stated in another way, a person with 20/100 vision would have to move into 20 feet to see the same sized letter that a person with 20/20 vision could see at 100 feet.
The visual acuity charts that we use are all based on these letter sizing calculations. Herman Snellen was the ophthalmologist that invented the first standardized eye chart in 1862. We still use similar charts to measure vision today. While our vision charts are projected or digital, we still use a mirror to simulate a 20 foot long room. So now you know what 20/20 means AND why we have mirrors in all our exam rooms.
At Madison Medical Eye Care our passion is to keep you seeing as close to 20/20 as possible for your entire life, not just in the year 2020!
Dr. James is an Optometrist practicing with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Lisa Bennett at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He provides comprehensive eye care for the whole family and accepts most insurance plans.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedical.com.
ARTHRITIS AND MACULAR DEGENERATION MAY BE RELATED By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Two common conditions that increase in frequency with age are rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration of the eyes. A recent study in the medical journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science indicates that the two may be linked.
The medical claims of almost 75,000 patients over the age of 64 years-old were analyzed over a 5 year period. Those with the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis were found to have a 91% chance of also carrying the diagnosis of macular degeneration. Those without rheumatoid arthritis were also likely to have macular degeneration, but only at a rate of 83%. This was statistically significant, meaning very unlikely to be due to chance. Remember that macular degeneration is leading cause for legal blindness for those over 65 years-old in the U.S.
Why or how could these seemingly disparate conditions, one involving the joints and the other the eyes, be related? While nothing can be proven by this study, the common link may be inflammation. We have long recommended that macular degeneration patients takes the AREDS2 vitamin supplements since a large study a number years ago indicated that it decreased the risk of transitioning from the mild “dry” form of the condition to the aggressive “wet” form. They contain antioxidants that theoretically protect the eye from the damages of aging. Perhaps they may also be found to aid in rheumatoid arthritis, only further studies can tell.
The good news for those with both rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration is that the association was with the milder “dry” form. For now, be sure to have regular eye examinations especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis and/or macular degeneration.
Dr. Martha Jay is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Dr. Lisa Bennett and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specialized 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.MadisonMedical.com.
TIME TO CONSIDER A LASER FOR YOUR GLAUCOMA? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Many of you have glaucoma that is managed with eye drops. Generally this works quite well in maintaining your eye pressure and preserving your vision but sometimes either that is not the case or use of the drops is unpleasant due to side effects, expense or difficulty getting the drops in. Should that occur, then maybe it is time to consider a laser to control you glaucoma.
Laser treatments for glaucoma are nothing new, they have been around since the late 1970’s. In the past it was called an ALT (Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty) but more recently a different laser has been employed and it is called a SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty). The SLT has the advantage of being safer as far as increases in eye pressure while recovering and can be repeated if the effects start to wane.
This is not an operation but a procedure. We meet you at the Testing & Treatment area of Ascension Columbia-St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital. You put your head on something that looks like what we use for your eye examination in the office. A lens is placed over the eye that is being treated and we focus the laser in the small crevice behind your clear cornea and colored iris. It takes only minutes and is generally pain free. We usually do one eye at a time.
It is good to have options for your eye care. If you are fine with your drops and you are not losing vision, stay with what works. If, however, you find using the drops a pain or too expensive or if they cause eye irritation it may be time to consider the SLT laser. We can discuss all your possible treatments at your next eye examination or sooner if you are having problems. We want to find what works best for you.
Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specializes in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK, glaucoma care, macular degeneration management, dry eye treatment and more.
For additional eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedical.com.
TOO BUSY FOR LASIK? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Life is hectic, we get that. But if you are thinking that you are too busy to have LASIK vision correction, think again. Maybe you are too busy NOT to have LASIK! This painless procedure takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. That’s less time than you spend dealing with your contact lenses in a single week.
Although you are in the laser suite for a total of 20 minutes, each laser runs for just a fraction of that time. In fact, the first laser takes just 6 seconds per eye. That’s all the time it needs to place tiny air bubbles just under the surface of your eye creating a small corneal cap. A second laser then changes the shape of the eye in about 15 to 30 seconds per eye. The result is great vision without glasses or contacts.
Following your quick procedure, you are sent home for a nice nap and awaken that same day to greatly improved vision. The very next morning you are greeted with an even better view on life. We recommend that you take both the day of the procedure and the day after the procedure off from work and your regular activities. Generally most people see pretty well that next day so it becomes a free day, allowing you time to enjoy your new vision.
Let us help simplify your life with LASIK vision correction. To get started, call for your complimentary screening exam to see if this remarkable procedure is an option for you. We get to know you and your eyes; and take the time to explain that LASIK is not the same everywhere you go. You only want to have the procedure once so choose wisely. Select a local doctor you can trust and one who uses the most precise, current and safest LASIK technology available.
Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specializes in blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.
For more eye care information or to schedule your LASIK screening, call 262-241-1919.