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

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March 1, 2016

What exactly happens during cataract surgery?  Many with cataracts are afraid to have the surgery because they don’t really know what it would be like. Just the word “surgery” scares them. It brings to mind pain, long recovery and time off from your favorite activities. Nothing could be farther from the truth with cataract surgery.

Modern cataract surgery is done without shots, stitches or patches. It takes only about 10 to 15 minutes. We use only mild I.V. sedation to relax you.  You don’t feel anything because there are numbing drops applied to the surface of the eye. Afterwards, you look pretty much the way you did on the way in: no patch over the eye, no black and blue bruising. We recommend that you take 2 days off your regular activities, one for the actual procedure and the next day to allow your vision to settle. Then the only restrictions are no eye make-up, swimming or pushing on the eye for 2 weeks.

On the day of surgery, you change into a hospital gown and then an I.V. is started. Once in the operating room you look at a bright light. There IS NO PAIN. You may see pretty colors from a prism like effect of the lens as we remove it and replace it with a tiny plastic implant.  About 30 minutes after the procedure, you go home or even out to lunch. You do need a ride as some of the sedation may still be in effect but you won’t need extra help at home.

So, breath-in and breath-out, cataracts surgery is generally a quick and easy. It is the most common operation in America and patients are thrilled with the results.  If every procedure worked as well as cataract surgery, the world would be a much better place!

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 small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK vision correction.

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

 


MY NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP Trip By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
February 22, 2016

Fr. Salvador Schlaefer of Campbellsport, Wisconsin was a newly ordained Capuchin Priest in 1947 when he was assigned to serve the people of Eastern Nicaragua in Central America. Many of the remote villages were only accessible by horseback, boat or on foot. He was later ordained Bishop of Bluefields, Nicaragua in 1970 and held that position until his death in 1993.
In 1997, the Capuchin Order invited Drs. Anthony and Ann Schlaefer, Fr. Sal’s brother and niece, to provide much needed eye care to the people of Puerto Cabazas, Nicaragua. 600 Nicaraguans received eye exams and glasses donated from the Campbellsport area churches and Lions club.
Since that time, this eye care group has expanded to 12 volunteers, returning every two years to remote Nicaraguan villages. This February, Drs. Ann Schlaefer, Laura Rau, Robert Moen and I, along with 14 others travelled to Waslala, Nicaragua. It is an area northeast of Managua that took seven hours to get to by bus. We performed eye exams on over 1000 people, dispensed over 1100 pairs of prescription glasses and handed out over 1000 pairs of sunglasses. It had been 8 years since any mission group had been to this area to provide eye care.
It was an honor to help perform these eye exams and to represent Marilyn and Leo Schlaefer, Bishop Sal’s cousin and my aunt and uncle. We put in long 11 hour days but the smiles on their faces made it well worth it after allowing those people to see clearly-many of them for the first time in their life.
Dr. Mark E. German Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals specializing in general eye care and hard-to-fit contact lens patients. 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.


OPHTHALMOLOGISTS WERE AMERICA’S FIRST BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIANS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
February 15, 2016

Nearly one hundred years ago, in December of 1916, the first group of pioneering eye surgeons traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in patient care.  They sat for the first board certification examination of any physician specialty.  Back then it was called the American Board for Ophthalmic Examinations.

The American Board of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) was not established until 1924 and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology followed in 1930.  Now every medical specialty has a board certification process, but ophthalmology led the way. The name changed to the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1933.

Then, as now, not all those who undertook the process passed. Ten physicians were board certified that first year but 3 more were invited to study harder and return in another year.  Since that that first examination, 30,000 ophthalmologist have become board certified including myself.

What does board certification mean and why is it important? The examination process assures that your doctor has the knowledge provide you with the best possible care.  The process begins with an intensive written qualifying exam covering all aspects of eye care. Once you have passed by doing well in all seven sections (and many don’t), it is on to a grueling oral exam a year or so later.

I am proud to be part of this grand tradition. As with those doctors in 1916, we are committed to providing the highest quality medical and surgical eye care available.

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 small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK, macular degeneration care, glaucoma care, dry eye treatments and more.

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

 


WHEN IS A VISUAL HALLUCINATION NOT A CAUSE FOR ALARM? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
February 2, 2016

I once had a patient state very calmly that there was an army in her backyard filming a movie. Her family was quite concerned and worried that she was developing dementia or a serious mental illness. Fortunately neither was the case.  These “hallucinations” were caused by a condition called the Charles Bonnet Syndrome.

This syndrome occurs in those with limited vision.  In my experience, it is generally seen in patients with severe macular degeneration but recently a patient came in with this who had suffered a stroke affecting his vision on one side. Only 10-40% of those with severe vision loss experience the syndrome. Charles Bonnet was a Swiss philosopher who first described these visual hallucinations in 1760 after observing his grandfather who was going blind from cataracts.

The mechanism is thought to be due to the brain filling in for the reduced visual input. The episodes last from seconds to minutes and are of variable frequency. About 18 months after the onset they just usually gradually disappear. The most common type involves faces of people but animals or plants may also be seen. The images appear smaller than in real life.  Another hallmark is that vision is the only sense involved so there are no associated abnormal sounds or smells.

What to do if you yourself or a family member are experiencing this syndrome? First be sure to have a thorough eye examination to see if there are any treatment options for the vision loss. If none are available, then reassurance from family and friends about what is real and what is not is helpful for the patient.  Hopefully the above explanation will set all involved at ease.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is an Eye Physician & Surgeon (Ophthalmologist) practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.  She specializes in blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.

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


WHY DO MY EYELIDS TWITCH? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
February 1, 2016

An eyelid twitch is a general term for spasms of the eyelid muscles that happen without your control. Eye twitching, eyelid tics and spasms are pretty common. Typically it only affects one lid, usually the lower lid or upper lid of one eye is involved, but it can also involve both eyelids. Most eye twitches come and go, although they can last for weeks or even months. Episodes of eyelid twitching are unpredictable. The twitch may occur off and on for several days. Then, you may not experience any twitching for weeks or even months.
Called myokymia in doctor lingo, these rippling muscle contractions in an eyelid can be triggered by many things. Stress, tiredness, dry eyes, alcohol, caffeine, and allergies all can contribute to twitchy eyelids. Most of the eyelid twitches are benign and do not have a serious underlying medical condition. Many eyelid twitches will resolve without treatment. Usually getting more rest, reducing your caffeine intake and using artificial tears to lubricate your eyes will help reduce twitching eyelids.
A lot of times eyelid twitches are hard to treat because the underlying cause needs to be determined and then this needs to be dealt with. If the spasms become chronic, you may have what’s known as “benign essential blepharospasm,” which is the name for chronic and uncontrollable eyelid movement. If your twitching eyelid is persistent and lasts for some time, then you should have your eyes examined to help determine the cause. In more severe cases where the twitching does not stop or a muscle spasm occurs(closure of the eye), Botox injections are used to stop the muscle contractions if nothing else relieves the twitching.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German is an Optometrist practicing with Dr. Martha Jay 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.

 


YOU WANT TO PUT PLUGS IN MY EYELIDS?? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
January 13, 2016

When we suggest punctal “plugs” to a patient, the reaction varies from curiosity to outright panic.  While they are quite routine dry eye care, many patients have not heard of them.  The goal of the plugs is to keep the tears you have in your eyes longer, decreasing your need for tear supplements and improving your eye comfort.

On the upper and lower eyelids in each eye, there are a total of 4 small openings towards the nose which are called puncta.  Each leads to a tiny tube that drains your tears into the back of your nose. The bottom ones carry about 2/3 of the tears and the top the other 1/3. If we block the bottom puncta in each eye, your eyes stay wetter. The plugs are very small, about 1-2 mm, and made of soft plastic. They are easily inserted in the office in a matter of seconds.

Generally we do not suggest plugs at the first signs of dry eyes. We try artificial tears first. If the patient feels that they need to use the tears more than 4 times per day or they are not providing any relief, then plugs or a prescription product called Restasis may be suggested. Restasis changed the quality of the tears so they coat the eye better. As noted above, the plugs change the quantity of the tears. Sometimes both quality and quantity need improvement. Should that be the case, then plugs and Restasis might be used together.

Winter is dry eye season! The symptoms include blurred reading vision at the end of the day, feeling like there is something in the eyes, eye fatigue, red eyes and more. Give us a call if you need relief from this common eye problem.

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

 


BLUE EYED PEOPLE ARE ALL RELATED... YOU JUST HAVE TO GO BACK A FEW YEARS!

By editor
December 21, 2015

Check out this link to see where you came from if you have blue eyes.


FASTEST LASIK IN THE U.S. JUST CAME TO LAKESHORE EYE CARE! By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
December 14, 2015

Just when I thought LASIK was as quick and precise as it could possibly be, several new breakthroughs came along to make it even better.  Last month I upgraded both the lasers I use for LASIK vision correction to take advantage these new innovations. The faster, safer and more precise laser system means that you can expect to have even more spectacular vision after the procedure.

WaveLight Laser Suite

I had been using the IntraLase and VISX lasers for a number of years but once those companies were acquired by a larger corporation, it seemed that innovation became stalled. Then Alcon came out with FS 200 Fentosecond laser to make the initial flap and the WaveLight EX500 Excimer laser for contouring the cornea to improve vision.  Together they provide an integrated laser system that is the fastest available in the U.S.

The lasers are not just faster, they are also more precise.  The improvement in vision, especially for those with more extreme prescriptions, is even better than before. They also open up LASIK to many who may not have been candidates in the past because they can treat the widest range of prescriptions of any laser available.

Patients love the improved comfort and potential to see even better than they did with glasses or contacts before surgery. I appreciate the precise automation with the smallest laser spot size in the industry and fastest eye tracking system available:  20 times faster than natural eye movements! I’ve gained many more options for individualizing LASIK  for a particular patient and you’ve gained an improved outlook on life.

For more information, visit our web site to access brand new videos about the new WaveLight system and to see what you can expect on your procedure day: http://www.lakeshorevision.com/services/ilasik/#main

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist (Eye Physician and Surgeon) who was the first ophthalmologist in the Milwaukee area to perform laser vision correction. She has been at the forefront of every advancement since then.  Call today to arrange your screening exam to take advantage of the newest of the new!

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YULETIDE EYE HAZARDS By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin (near Cedarburg, Grafton, River Hills and other North Shore Communities)

By editor
December 1, 2015

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 at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals who specializes in comprehensive eye care for all ages, especially those interested in contact lenses. He welcomes the challenge of patients who have had difficulty finding a proper contact lens fit in the past, whether due to comfort or vision.

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


Eyes red with swimming? Read this!

By editor
November 29, 2015

Good thing summer is over... but not such good news for those who love swimming pools! Click on the image below for a new study about why your eyes get red in the pool.


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