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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 


HOW TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE WITH YOUR CONTACTS By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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September 24, 2018

Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses for sports and everyday wear. You can avoid fogged up glasses, expand your peripheral or side vision, wear off-the-rack sunglasses or non-prescription sports goggles, and avoid the annoying “slide down the nose” syndrome.  Contacts, however, do take a bit more care than just throwing on a pair of glasses each morning.

Staying out of trouble with contacts starts with being sure you have an accurate fit and prescription by having a complete eye exam every one to two years. If your eyes hurt, become red or your vision changes suddenly then an emergent appointment is indicated as something more serious may be occurring.

As for daily care, start by making sure that your lens case is very clean. Wash it out daily and let it air dry in a clean place. Change the solutions every day. Be sure you are not just using saline to clean your contacts.  You need a product that disinfects as well as cleans the contacts to prevent eye infections.  In addition, discard the contacts according to the schedule advised by your eye doctor. Finally, NEVER sleep in your contacts as this greatly increases your risk of developing a severe infection called a corneal ulcer.

Dr. James Ivanoski

If your goal is to wake up with clear vision in the morning and avoid taking the time to properly care for your contacts, then you might want to consider seeing my colleague Dr. Martha Jay about LASIK vision correction. As for avoiding problems such as infections and injuries, you may be surprised to learn that we see far more problems in contact lens patients than in those who have had LASIK.

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


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

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September 19, 2018

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 Madison Medical Eye Care.

Plan ahead to improve your outlook on life in 2019 by calling today to arrange your free, no-pressure LASIK screening exam.  See you soon!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay was the first ophthalmologist in the Milwaukee area to perform laser vision correction and has been at the forefront of this advanced technology every since. She practices at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

From more information about Dr. Martha Jay and LASIK vision correction, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.

 


WHICH MADISON MEDICAL EYE DOCTOR IS BEST FOR YOU? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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September 10, 2018

Eye ChartThere are two types of eye doctors: Optometrists and Ophthalmologists.  Both do complete eye examinations, prescribe glasses and screen for eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts.  The difference is that an ophthalmologist is a medical doctor and a surgeon.  If you have an active medical or surgical eye problem, then you should schedule with our ophthalmologist, Dr. Martha Jay.

If you have already had cataract surgery, have stable macular degeneration, have well controlled diabetes, have mild glaucoma or especially if you have no medical/surgical eye problems at all, then a better choice for you is myself, Dr. James Ivanoski an optometrist.

At Madison Medical Eye Care, both our optometrist (Dr. James Ivanoski) and our ophthalmologist (Dr. Martha Jay) do essentially the same in-depth eye examination.  It is a thorough medical evaluation of your eyes and your vision. Should a surgical problem be detected or should I feel that you would be better suited by seeing Dr. Jay, it can easily be arranged. We work as a team.

As for experience, I have been practicing comprehensive optometry for 26 years and joined what was then Lakeshore Eye Care in 2016 after many years in West Bend. During that time there is not much I have not seen, so you are in good hands in my care.  As an added bonus, I see patients in both our Mequon and Saukville offices.

The point is that not everyone needs to have their annual eye examination with an eye surgeon. Dr. Jay mainly concentrates on the care of patients before and after cataract surgery or LASIK vision correction. See you soon!

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. James Ivanoski welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurances. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.

 


DARK CHOCOLATE WINS THE VISION TEST By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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September 5, 2018

This headline particularly caught my eye: “New benefit of dark chocolate could be in sight, literally.” It was reporting on a study published in the medical journal Ophthalmology that analyzed vision parameters in volunteers after they consumed either a dark chocolate bar or a milk chocolate bar. The dark chocolate group had an improvement in contrast sensitivity (the ability to detect line separations) and vision when measured two hours later compared to the milk chocolate group.

What is the possible mechanism of this finding? Dark chocolate contains antioxidants known as flavonoids. These naturally occurring compounds have been linked to a number of health benefits including decreased inflammation; improved blood flow; along with increasing the “good” HDL cholesterol and decreasing the “bad” LDL cholesterol. Dark chocolate also contains a number of minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.  Dark chocolate has been linked with improved brain function, decreased heart disease risk and protecting the skin from sun damage.

As a frequent reader of this column, you are also well aware of other things you can do to protect your vision including NOT smoking, incorporating plenty of leafy green vegetables in your diet and wearing sunglasses. These three lifestyle choices will have a much greater impact on your vision in the future than an occasional dark chocolate bar!

As with most things in life, too much of anything is generally not healthy. Watch the sugar content in those dark chocolate bars and do not overdue it.  The take home point of the study is that milk chocolate is just not worth the calories – go for the good stuff!

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 blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery. 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.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.


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