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THAT HOLIDAY TOAST MAY DRY YOUR EYES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
December 15, 2014

You may find that your eyes feel dry this holiday season and there are a couple of reasons why. One reason is that the air is dryer in winter and so are your eyes. Dry eye symptoms always worsen in the winter months. But there may be another reason. A study published in the respected journal Ophthalmology reported that alcohol consumption actually makes your eyes dryer.

The study subjects were young men without any history of dry eyes. They were divided into two groups, one group had an alcoholic beverage between 8 and 10 pm and the other did not. They then had their eyes examined at midnight and again at 6 and 8 am the next day.  At all three points the group that had the alcoholic beverage showed signs of dry eyes while the other group did not.

Is this news you can use? Sure, if you already have dry eyes you may want to bring along some artificial tears to that holiday party. This is certainly important if you wear contact lenses as they absorb your tear film leaving less to bathe the eye. If you do this and your eyes are still uncomfortable, then you should probably take the contacts out and switch to glasses. You do not want to risk starting out the new year with a bad infection or by damaging your eyes.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Besides tears, there are a number of other treatments for dry eyes. Be sure to discuss this when you come in for your regularly scheduled exam.  You should come in sooner if you have been experiencing worsening dry eye symptoms such as eye pain, blurred vision or feeling like there is something in your eyes.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


YULETIDE EYE HAZARDS By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
December 8, 2014

You may think that eye injury season is over now that most outdoor sports are only a memory but think again!  This is the time of year when we start seeing holiday related eye injuries due to festive decorating or automobile accidents.

A perennial favorite is the Christmas tree injury.  This can happen while cutting down the tree, moving the tree or decorating it.  You are looking at where you are cutting the tree or placing that precious ornament but don’t notice the adjacent branch near your eye.  This type of injury may not hurt initially but hours later significant eye pain may develop.

Hanging decorations are another potential hazard.  They are temporarily secured with tape or tacks but that doesn’t mean they will stay there!  Watch for falling ornaments or other forms of holiday cheer.

It’s also a dangerous place out there in Santa’s workshop.  Santa’s helpers may not be accustomed to using power tools needed for that surprise project. Also, be sure to pick up safety goggles when gathering the other supplies needed.

On a more serious note, you want to drive defensively to avoid impaired drivers returning from Holiday parties.  While air bags may save your life in a collision, they also can result in significant eye injuries by hitting your eyes and face or from abrasions caused by the powder they are packed in.

Should an accident occur affecting your eyes, we are here to help but would just as soon have you avoid the pain and trouble.  So be careful, take your time and have a safe December. Happy Holidays!

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German is an optometrist practicing with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare Assignment. He specializes in comprehensive eye care for all ages,especially those in interested in contact lenses who have had difficulty getting the proper fit in the past.

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


FRECKLE IN YOUR EYE? By Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
December 6, 2014

Did you know that you can get a “freckle” in the back of your eye just like on your skin?  Medically, they are called “choroidal nevi” and are actually fairly common, found in up to 10% of the population.  During a routine eye examination, your doctor would see a small, flat and generally circular area of increased pigment in the back of your eye. The size and position would be noted in your chart for comparison at future examinations, much like your dermatologist may document freckles on your skin. The chances of these freckles affecting your vision are minimal, especially if they are not in the part of your eye used for central vision called the fovea.

While a choroidal nevus is common and unlikely to cause vision problems, a choroidal melanoma is a completely different story. Fortunately rare, this aggressive eye cancer is found in only 6 per one million individuals.  It is diagnosed with a dilated eye examination but often the patient has already noticed a vision change before diagnosis. While pigmented like a nevus, choroidal melanomas are raised up and tend to grow rapidly. The actual chances of a nevus becoming a melanoma are not really known but thought to be less than one in 8,000.

What should you do if you are told you have a choroidal nevus? First or all, don’t worry as your chances of a significant vision problem are quite slim. You should, however, be sure to schedule regular eye examinations with the same doctor so any progression can be noted. Along with the possibility of glaucoma, choroidal nevi are among the many reasons why a complete eye examination is suggested every one to two years. See you soon!

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 cataract surgery, glaucoma care, diabetic eye care, dry eye treatment and much more.

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

 


LASIK: THE GIFT OF SIGHT By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
November 29, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already fast approaching.  If you are still searching for that perfect gift for your young adult son or daughter, consider the gift of sight: LASIK vision correction.  Not only would LASIK help launch their future with better vision but it would actually save them money in the long run. A 25 year-old wearing contact lenses can expect to spend more than $20,000 on contacts and solutions over their lifetime. In comparison, LASIK is a real bargain.

Surprises are great but if you are considering LASIK as a gift, consider talking it over with that special someone first. Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK so it would be best if we first saw them for a free screening exam to see if LASIK is an option for them. The procedure could then be scheduled for early next year when they can spare a couple days out of their busy schedule for the procedure and recovery.

Remember that LASIK is not the same everywhere you go: the main variables concern the technology used and the doctor’s experience. Rest assured that I have considerable LASIK experience, having offered the safest and most precise refractive surgery technology to Milwaukee area residents for over 20 years. Our procedure is completely blade-free and painless, that’s why we call it “LASIK for Chickens.”

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

LASIK is ideal for active people. Skiing, swimming, biking and other outdoor activities are more enjoyable without the hassles of glasses or contacts.  It also simplifies your life which is especially appreciated by those starting families and/or careers.  LASIK is a life changing event and you could make it happen! For more information, visit our web site or give us a call.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.

 


GIVE THANKS FOR GOOD VISION By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
November 20, 2014

Most of us pretty much take our vision for granted but maintaining good vision does take some effort on your part. You should be sure to have a complete eye examination with dilating drops at least every two years.  If you have diabetes, then you should come in every year.  We generally see glaucoma patients every six months.  Warning signs that would warrant an immediate eye examination include eye pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, loss of side vision or an increase in floaters.

You may have good vision but what about your relatives or neighbors?  If you are starting to think about holiday gifts, consider something that would make their lives easier.  They probably have enough “stuff” but could really use a ride to the store, doctor’s appointment or just out for some fun.  There are options, although limited, to get around if you don’t drive in Ozaukee County.  But the loss of freedom is pretty distressing to many seniors who can no longer drive due to vision or other medical problems.

The above is just something to reflect upon during the Thanksgiving holiday.  And while you are at it, don’t forget to schedule those eye appointments for yourself and your family!  Remember that we provide advanced medical and surgical eye care for patients of all ages: everything from complete eye examinations to LASIK vision correction and small incision cataract surgery. We are certainly thankful for all our wonderful patients at Lakeshore Eye Care and wish a happy Thanksgiving holiday to all.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German is an Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals specializing in comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages. He particularly welcomes the challenge of those with hard to fit contact lens problems.

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


LASIK VS CATARACT SURGERY: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
November 15, 2014

Confused about the difference between LASIK and cataract surgery? You are not alone. LASIK is a laser procedure intended to eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. Cataract surgery is done to remove the cloudy lens in the front of your eye and replace it with a clear plastic implant. If you have cataracts, LASIK is not an option for you because your vision would still be blurred afterwards due to the cloudy cataract.

LASIK is done at an outpatient laser center with mild oral sedation. We begin by using a laser to make a small flap on the surface of the eye. Once this tiny flap is lifted, we use a second laser to alter the shape of the eye to improve you vision without glasses.  Each laser is pain-free and runs for less than a minute per eye.

Cataract surgery takes place in an operating room with I.V. sedation.  We use a tiny ultrasound to liquefy and then remove the cloudy lens inside the eye, behind the colored pupil. We then replace that lens with a clear plastic implant to improve your vision.  There now are a number of implant options, all of which will be thoroughly explained at the time of your cataract evaluation. The procedure takes 10-15 minutes.

How can you tell if LASIK is a possibility for you? Just come in for a free LASIK screening exam. We will evaluate your vision and eyes to see if LASIK is right for you. How can you tell if you have cataracts? Cataract symptoms include blurred distance vision, especially at night, along with seeing halos around lights and glare on sunny days.  However, a complete eye examination is the best way to determine if cataracts are a significant problem for you. See you soon!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician and Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery.

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


WEB SITE TOUR: WWW.LAKESHOREVISION.COM By Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
November 6, 2014

Have you toured our web site lately: www.LakeShoreVision?  We have a new look and the site is filled with important facts about medical and surgical eye care.

Let’s start our tour with the “Welcome” page which is the first tab on the left. Here you will find a link to our Eye Care Blog. This section is updated frequently with timely eye care information and we even put a photo of my new baby there!  There are links to our Facebook page, YouTube channel and Patient Testimonials section. See what your friends and neighbors are saying about Lakeshore Eye Care.

You can also find links to sections explaining eye procedures and problems such as LASIK vision correction, cataract surgery, dry eye therapies, complete eye examinations, contact lens care, diabetic eye care, glaucoma management and macular degeneration treatment options.

Dr. Josephine-Liezl P. Cueto

Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto

Look at all you have learned just using the first tab on the site! Next browse around other tabs entitled “About Us”, “Our Doctors and Staff” and “Services.”  Be sure to check out the “Patient Information” tab where you can download our patient forms to fill out at home, saving you time on appointment day. If you have always gone to either the Mequon or the Saukville office, the other one may actually be more conveniently located for you.  Many Grafton and Cedarburg patients find that actually the Saukville office is closer for them. Check out our “Maps & Directions” tab to see. Finally, if you have a non-urgent question, use the “Contact Us” tab to send it our way.

Happy browsing!

Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration options, dry eyes and much more.

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


REFRACTION EXPLAINED By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
October 27, 2014

What is “Refraction" and why is this service often not covered by Medicare or some private insurance companies?  If you are confused about this topic, you are not alone.  Refraction is the part of the eye exam where you look through a machine called a phoropter at the eye chart.  We than flip different lenses in place and ask, "Which view is clearer, number one or number two?"

Why is Refraction necessary?  Many think that refraction is only necessary if you want to purchase new glasses.  While we do need the refraction information to write a glasses prescription, this is not the main reason our doctors want this portion of the exam completed.

Refraction is a key part of a comprehensive eye examination and should be done at each and every complete eye exam. Without this testing, our doctors cannot determine your best possible vision. Many patients think their vision is just fine but then a change is noted during the exam. Without doing the refraction, we have no way of knowing if the change is simply due to an outdated glasses prescription or if something more serious has occurred like progression of cataracts or macular degeneration.

Dr. Mark E. GermanWhy does Medicare generally not cover refraction? Medicare and many private insurance companies do not cover aspects of your medical care that they deem as “routine.”  While this aspect of your eye exam is routine, that does not mean it is not vital in allowing our doctors to optimize your vision.

Still confused? Ask any member of our staff at your next appointment.

Dr. Mark German is an optometrist specializing in general eye care and hart-to-fit contact lens patients. He accepts patients of all ages into his practice and most insurance plans. 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 in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
October 21, 2014

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 3-5 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.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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, you are just a quick laser away from resuming your clear vision.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK vision correction.

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


HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY HAZARDS By Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
October 16, 2014

Halloween is such a great time of the year…the beautiful fall colors, the crispness in the air, the endless supply of candy and of course the cute children in Halloween costumes.  However, Halloween festivities can cause an increased risk for potential eye hazards. Therefore, it is important to be aware of these risks before planning your celebrations.

A popular costume trend is the decorative contact lens. Because people can buy them over the counter or on the internet, it is believed that contact lens fitting or proper care is not necessary. This is WRONG.  Unfortunately, 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 a medical device, only to be distributed by a licensed eye care professional after determining the proper fit and prescription.

Other Halloween activities can also lead to eye injuries.  Unfortunately, what may seem like a harmless traditional game, like apple bobbing, could lead to scratches on the surface of the eye and infections from dirty water.  Lanterns and glow sticks can also cause dangerous but avoidable accidents. Hitting the edge of a lantern may lead to a corneal abrasion or the chemicals within a broken glow stick could damage the eye.  Last of all, be sure your children’s costumes do not obstruct their side vision because they need to be on the lookout for cars coming when out trick or treating.

This holiday just take a little bit of extra care while having fun!  Happy Halloween from all of us at Lakeshore Eye Care!

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 cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and much more.

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


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