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NIGHT VISION A PROBLEM? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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February 6, 2019

Night vision problems are some of the most common complaints that eye doctors hear.  Many people are concerned about the “new” headlights on cars and how bothersome they are.  Others state that it is just harder to see signs at night.

Our night vision naturally decreases as we age.  The lens inside of our eyes tends to get more yellow our cloudy (cataracts) decreasing the amount of light that can get into the eye and causing the light to scatter more which increases glare.  The pupils get smaller so less light can get into the eye.  Also, the light sensitive cells in our retinas (rods/cones) decrease in number as we age.

Any uncorrected vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism will make night vision worse.  Medical eye problems like cataracts, dry eye, macular degeneration, cornea problems, or any condition that affects vision will significantly impact night vision.  It is important to wear glasses for night driving if you have a glasses prescription.

Yellow lenses have been widely advertised as an option to improve night vision for driving.  The newer high intensity discharge (HID) and light emitting diode headlights (LED) do shine brighter and emit more blue light than older headlights.  Yellow tinted lenses can make night vision more comfortable because they reduce glare from oncoming headlights, but they also decrease the amount of light getting into the eye.  This can make it easier to miss things like people with dark clothing crossing the road.

Dr. James Ivanoski

If you think that your night vision is getting worse, it is time for an eye exam.  We can make sure that you have the correct glasses prescription and treat ocular health problems that may be affecting your vision.


WHAT IS CATARACT REALLY SURGERY LIKE? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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January 28, 2019

Have you been delaying having cataract surgery because you are apprehensive about what the experience may be like? Does just the word “surgery” scare you? Does it bring to mind pain, long recovery and time off from your favorite activities? Fear not, nothing could be farther from the truth with cataract surgery these days.

We do cataract surgery generally without shots, stitches or patches and the whole procedure takes only 10-15 minutes. We use mild I.V. sedation to relax you and numbing drops on the surface of the eye to prevent pain. Afterwards, you look pretty much the way you did on the way in: no patch over the eye, no black and blue bruising. You should take 2 days off your regular activities, one for the actual procedure and the next day to allow your vision to settle down. Then the only restrictions then are to avoid eye make-up, swimming or pushing on the eye for 2 weeks.

On the day of surgery, you change into a hospital gown and an I.V. is started. Once in the operating room, your job is to look at a bright light. You may see pretty colors like a prism as we remove your natural lens 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 event. It is the most common operation in America and patients are typically thrilled with the results.  If every procedure worked as well as cataract surgery, the world would be a much better place!

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) 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.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.

 


HOLIDAY LIGHT HALOS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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December 20, 2018

Holiday season is here along with many displays of decorative exterior lighting.  While they can be quite beautiful, sometimes how the holiday lights appear can alert you that something might not be quite right with your vision.

Starbursts and halos are a common vision complaint when looking at holiday lights or even headlights all year long.  We use the term “starburst” to describe what you see when a pinpoint of light appears to have radiating spokes coming off it. The term “halo” describes when you see circles around a light source. Both symptoms can be due to something as benign as not having the most up-to-date glasses or contact lens prescription to more serious problems such as cataracts. If you are noticing these symptoms, during the holiday season or anytime during the year, your first move is to call us for a comprehensive eye examination so we can determine the cause and take care of it.

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the front of the eye, behind the colored iris.  They can make lights appear dim, cause glare or make colors appear dull.  Cataracts are removed with a 10 minute outpatient surgery generally these days without shots, stitches or patches. The surgery involves replacing the cloudy lens with a clear plastic lens implant.  There are a number of options for these implants which will be discussed should this be found to be your problem.

Take time this holiday season to enjoy the many wonderful lighting displays.  But if the lights appear a little different this year, consider getting an eye examination. Your problem could be cataracts but it could also just be that your glasses need updating or that you have dry eyes. Have a very happy holiday season!

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 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.

 


DON'T TRUST "DR. GOOGLE" a New York Times Editorial

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December 19, 2018

Click on the image to the left for a link to a New York Times Editorial about the problems associated with taking the advice of "Dr. Google" over that of your health care professional.


A GIFT FOR OUR CATARACT PATIENTS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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December 14, 2018

This holiday season we have a gift for our cataract patients: we have simplified the drops you use after cataract surgery! We heard you when you said the surgery was nothing but the drops were quite a chore. We had been using three types of drops, each in their own bottle. Not only was it annoying to deal with all the bottles but Insurance coverage for the drops was inconsistent, some plans covered them and some did not. That meant that not only did you have the fuss with three different bottles, you might have had to contend with a significant out-of-pocket expense to purchase them.

Over the last few months we have been transitioning to an all-in-one eye drop bottle for our cataract patients. A pharmacy combines all three kinds of drops in a single bottle for your convenience. You get the benefit of a steroid drop (like prednisone), a strong antibiotic drop and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drop (like Advil) all in one. The new product is called Pred-Gati-Brom as it contains Prednisolone (the steroid), Gatifloxacin (the antibiotic) and Bromfenac (the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory). All three are necessary to be sure your eye heals well after cataract surgery so you can enjoy the best possible vision.

Convenience is one thing but what about cost? The new drops are very reasonably prices at $50 per bottle which is enough for one eye.  We dispense the drops in the office when you come in for the pre-operative measurements prior to surgery. Compared with the hundreds of dollars patients were spending on the three separate drops, this is quite a deal.

Easier to use and costing less, what’s not to like? MERRY CHRISTMAS, enjoy your delayed present on us.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. 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.


NEW YEAR, NEW JOB POSSIBILITY: OPHTHALMIC TECHINCIAN at MADISON MEDICAL EYE CARE with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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December 6, 2018

Are you looking to make a career change? You might consider becoming an ophthalmic technician.  You would work closely with our doctors in completing the testing involved for eye examinations and to prepare patients for eye surgery. It is fast paced and never boring. While challenging, we provide thorough on-the-job training so you have the knowledge you need to feel confident in your abilities.

The best ophthalmic technicians are those who really enjoy people. They are good listeners and are willing to learn new skills. It helps to have some background in healthcare but this is not absolutely required. All our technicians work as a team to support our doctors and are an invaluable resource to those new to the job. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Ophthalmology and optometry are ever changing fields. New contact lenses come out, new ways to do cataract surgery and LASIK are developed. Our patients are ever grateful for the gift of sight that we provide, making Madison Medical Eye Care a happy place to work!  You would be aligning yourself with the well-respected eye surgeon Dr. Martha Jay and popular optometrist Dr. James Ivanoski.

If you think this may be the job for you, contact our office manager Linda at Linda.Knapp@Ascension.org with your resume and a brief letter describing why you think you would make a good ophthalmic technician.  And if there are any experienced ophthalmic or optometric techs out there, we'd love to hear from you also!

For more information about our practice, visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com or call 262-241-1919. We have two offices in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. One in Mequon and the other in Saukville.


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.


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