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

By lsvadmin
November 18, 2013

Most of us pretty much take our vision for granted unless we have a problem. Hopefully you never have to make that choice but most people would rather lose hearing or mobility before vision. Maintaining good vision, however, 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.

Dr. Mark E. German 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.

Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. His colleagues are Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, both are Ophthalmologists (Eye Physicians and Surgeons).

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



HAVE CATARACT SURGERY TO LIVE LONGER? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
November 12, 2013

Last month we reported on a study that found a positive correlation between having cataract surgery and a decreased chance of hip fractures. Today’s column addresses yet another crucial study performed which found that having cataract surgery might actually extend life. The study was published in the May issue of the prestigious medical journal “Ophthalmology”.

The authors followed over 350 patients in Australia for 15 years and compared patients who were close in age and had similar general medical health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Those who had cataract surgery were 40% more likely to be alive at the end of the 15 years.

Why could this be? The authors postulated that good vision is a significant factor affecting emotional and physical well-being. In short, they stated that if you see better you feel better. This leads to a more optimistic view on life and the confidence to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Cataracts cause a very gradual change in vision, sometimes so slow that the patient is not really aware of it. The lens in the front of the eye gradually yellows, decreasing the amount of light that reaches the retina in the back of the eye. It is kind of like wearing dark brown sunglasses all the time.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

A very frequent comment after cataract surgery is that everything looks so bright again – as though they are now seeing the world in high definition. Blues are more vivid and whites are whiter. So if you are “on the fence” about cataract surgery, the potential for your increased longevity is something to think about.

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 vision correction.  She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Drs. Josephine-Liezl Cueto and Mark German. They have offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


THE EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL AND YOUR HEALTH By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
October 24, 2013

The proverb “the eyes are the window to the soul” is well known but did you also know that your eyes are a window to your general health? Many medical conditions affect the eyes such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. That is one of the reasons why a thorough eye examination includes the use of dilating drops to expand your pupils so we can take a good look at the retina in the back of your eyes. Many of these conditions affect tiny blood vessels located elsewhere such as the brain, heart, kidney or feet but the eye is the only place where they can be directly seen.

With high blood pressure or cholesterol the presence of small flame-shaped hemorrhages in the back of the eye, twisted blood vessels or evidence of thickening of the tiny blood vessel walls is often found. These vascular changes elsewhere in the body could lead to a stroke or a heart attack.

Diabetes, whether controlled with diet, pills or shots, has the potential of causing a number of problems in the eye. We look for tiny “dot” hemorrhages, abnormal new blood vessels, swelling and bleeding into the eye. Keeping the blood sugars as well controlled as possible decreases, but does not eliminate, this possibility.

Multiple sclerosis is often diagnosed after an episode of optic neuritis. This is a condition where swelling occurs in the optic nerve in the back of the eye causing a painless decrease in vision in one eye: treatments include intravenous steroids.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

So be sure your “window to your health” is checked with a dilated eye examination at least every one to two years!

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist who founded Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in 1992. She specializes in medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery.

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


GIANT PAPILLARY CONJUNCTIVITIS (GPC) By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
September 16, 2013

While it sounds like quite a mouthful, giant papillary conjunctivits (GPC) is a common eye condition. It's actually an allergy to contact lenses. It generally occurs in patients who have worn contact lenses for years. They come in concerned that their contacts are no longer comfortable and that they have a slight discharge from their eyes. "But I've worn contacts for years without problems" is their response when told of the diagnosis. It's precisely that long duration of wear that triggers the condition.

Patients with asthma, hay fever or animal allergies may be at greater risk of developing GPC. This condition is believed to be a reaction to protein deposits building up on the contact lenses. The name comes from what we see when we flip the upper eyelid: 1-2 mm bumps called "giant papillae".

The key to treatment is decreased lens wear time, frequent replacement of the contacts and diligent cleaning of the lenses each day. Disposable contacts help because they are discarded before the protein builds up. Sleeping in contacts has to stop. Besides the above, treatments may include allergy drops or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops. Once the GPC clears up, the patient may want to consider LASIK vision correction to avoid a recurrence.

Are you having problems with your contact lenses? Or are you due for a thorough eye examination? We are here to help.

Dr. Mark E. German Dr. Mark German in an Optometrist practicing with Drs. Martha Jay and Josephine-Liezl Cueto at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. This eye care team offers comprehensive eye care for all ages including contact lens fitting, LASIK vision correction, Cataract surgery, Glaucoma care, Age-related Macular degeneration care, Dry eye options, general eye care and much more.

To find out more about eye care and Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.


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

By lsvadmin
September 10, 2013

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

Another summer spent annoyed with the hassles of contacts and glasses? Considering LASIK Vision Correction but not sure how to budget for it? Then 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 including 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 deadlines.

Even if you cannot use one of these plans, you actually save money on LASIK compared with what you spend on contacts and glasses. On our web site there is a multiplier where you can put in your age and the type of contacts you wear to estimate your expected lifetime expenses. For example, if you are 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. So be sure to see us for a LASIK screening exam prior to committing Flex funds for next year. This complimentary evaluation involves critical measurements of your vision and your eyes to see if you can benefit from this remarkable procedure. You’ll learn a lot about LASIK and have a chance to get acquainted with our great team at Lakeshore Eye Care.

Call for your screening exam today to start 2014 seeing better and saving money!

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist who as been at the forefront of LASIK vision correction in the Milwaukee area since the RK days. She was in fact the first ophthalmologist in Milwaukee to use a laser for refractive surgery and has consistently offered the most advanced refractive surgery options available anywhere, right here in southeastern Wisconsin.   She exclusively offers blade-free iLASIK, the safest and most precise LASIK procedure available. Call for a screening exam and you will be impressed with the professionalism of the staff at Lakeshore Eye Care and Dr. Jay.

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


DOES MULTI-TASKING WORK? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
August 27, 2013

While multi-tasking may not seem to be directly related to your vision, we are addressing the topic as the new school year begins because it relates to how effectively we learn. Nowadays multi-tasking seems like an inescapable part of life-but is it really possible to watch a movie, read a textbook and text your friends all while preparing for that exam tomorrow? A new study indicates that this is not only an ineffective way to learn but it also results in a misperception about your retention abilities.

In this study, college students were asked to memorize and perform math problems while multi-tasking. The participants were questioned about their usage frequency of 12 forms of media and also had their impulsivity and sensation seeking tendencies evaluated with standardized psychological testing.

Surprisingly, the students who reported the highest frequency of multi-tasking in their daily lives declared themselves to be better multi-taskers than what was actually measured. They thought they were learning more than they actually were. This group also scored higher on the impulsivity and sensation seeking evaluations with the psychological testing.

Dr. Mark E. GermanWhat’s the bottom line? Our lives are full of more and more distractions, many of them from electronic media. In order to retain new information we need to limit those distractions to allow our attention to focus on the task at hand. Studying is more effective and driving safer if the cell phone is silenced!

Dr. Mark German is an optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare Assignments. Patients of all ages welcomed.

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


YOU NEED CONTACT LENSES AND GLASSES by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
July 17, 2013

You don’t need to have glasses if you wear contact lenses, right? WRONG! Actually, it isn’t healthy for your eyes to wear contacts from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep every day. In order to fight off infection, your cornea (the clear front part of your eye) needs the extra oxygen exposure it can only get when you aren’t wearing your contact lenses. Not only is this a good reason to have a pair of glasses on hand, but also in the event of a complication such as a severe eye infection. When you have such a serious eye problem, you absolutely cannot wear contact lenses while you recover. Therefore, if you have no back-up glasses you have no way to see while you wait for the problem to improve.

The glasses prescription does not have to be perfect but should be close enough so you can see while driving and at work or school. Trying to determine your glasses prescription once a severe eye problem has occurred is difficult because your vision is blurred. Furthermore, you are then confronted with the problem of getting your glasses made in a hurry.

So if you cannot find your old glasses, next time you have an eye examination be sure to ask for a glasses prescription - even if you prefer to wear contact lenses. Simply put, it is just part of good eye care and you will certainly be glad you did so in the event of an eye problem. Other keys to healthy contact lens usage include making sure the contact lens case is very clean, not sleeping in the contacts, discarding the contacts as directed, and having a complete eye examination every 1-2 years.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German is an optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. For more eye care information call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com


TOO BUSY FOR LASIK? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
July 9, 2013

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 21 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 30 to 45 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. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay trained at Northwestern University in Chicago and has been providing the latest in medical and surgical eye care in the Milwaukee area since.  For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


BABY YOUR EYES By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
June 24, 2013

I frequently recommend cleaning the eyelids with dilute baby shampoo. When I bring this up with patients, I often get a quizzical look from them. Baby shampoo for adults? It works well around the eyes because of the “no-tears” feature. You don’t get the stinging in your eyes like with regular soap.

Why would I recommend baby shampoo? The main reason is for blepharitis. This is a very common chronic low-grade eyelid infection. The symptoms include red eyes in the morning, excessive tearing early in the day, a slight discharge and/or a gravely feeling in the eyes.

The baby shampoo decreases the bacterium from around your eyes. There are many small openings into the eyelid around the eyes that can easily become infected by common bacteria that exists elsewhere on your skin. Baby shampoo also helps decrease eye allergy symptoms by removing pollen or other irritants from contact with your eyes.

What you do is dilute the shampoo as you would for washing your hands with liquid soap. You can use your finger tips, a wash cloth, cotton tip or small cotton pad. You clean around the eyes right up to the edges of the eyelids and then rinse with warm water. Most people do this once or twice a day.

Dr. Mark E. GermanIf you have the symptoms noted above, give baby shampoo eyelid scrubs a try. You will probably be surprised at how such a simple remedy improves your eye comfort.

Dr. Mark German is an optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals along with Drs. Martha Jay and Josephine-Liezl Cueto. They are accepting patients of all ages into the practice and most insurance plans, including Medicare Assignment.

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


UNIDENTIFIED FLOATING OBJECTS? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
June 10, 2013

Have you ever noticed little spots moving around in your vision? They were probably "floaters" or, in the medical term, vitreous opacities. While floaters are usually only an annoyance, a change in their appearance could be caused by a retinal tear or even a retinal detachment. Both need immediate attention.

The eye is filled with a gelatin-like material called vitreous. Over time, it breaks down - becoming more liquid with small collagen particles casting a shadow on the retina. The result is the appearance of small spots, squiggly lines, clouds or spider webs moving across your vision. Flashes of light occur when the fluid shifts within the eye, tugging on the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye). The combination of flashes of light and/or a dramatic increase in floaters could indicate that the retina is tearing and in danger of detaching. Because a retinal detachment can result in blindness, treatment must be sought immediately.

The bottom line is that an occasional floater is not a problem. But if you should see an abrupt increase in floaters, flashing lights or a loss of part of your vision in one eye, you need to be evaluated by an eye care professional soon to rule-out a retinal detachment.

Dr. Mark E. GermanAre you having an eye problem or are you due for a comprehensive eye examination? Then give us a call. You can be assured that we provide the latest in medical and surgical eye care. We welcome patients of all ages and accept most insurance plans.

Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. He is accepting patients of all ages into his practice and most insurance plans, including Medicare Assignment.

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


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