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GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH by Dr. Martha Jay, Opthalmologist in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

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January 17, 2012

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month so reading this column is a good start! Glaucoma is an eye condition caused by damage to the optic nerve in the back of the eye.  It is often but not always associated with increased eye pressure.  The optic nerve carries information from your eye to your brain.  If it is damaged then irreversible vision loss may occur.   Unfortunately, glaucoma has no symptoms until up to 40% of vision has been lost.

Over 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma but up to 50% are unaware of it. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable blindness but first the appropriate diagnosis must be made.  It is treated with eye drops, lasers and sometimes surgery. Glaucoma risk goes up with age; if a family member has the condition; and in those with diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.

How is it diagnosed? This requires regular complete eye examinations with dilating drops at least every one to two years.  As noted above, eye pressure is not always elevated so eye pressure checks at Health Fairs are not adequate.  The dilation part of the exam is to look at the optic nerve.  If the eye pressure or optic nerve are abnormal, extra testing is indicated to assess side vision and to digitize the optic nerve appearance to be able to check for changes over time.

Don't become a statistic! Call for your complete eye examination today if you have been neglecting this aspect of your health care.

Visit www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information.

Call 262-241-1919 for appointments.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist practicing since 1992 in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.  She received her ophthalmology training at Northwestern University in Chicago and now specialized in medical and surgical eye care.


SLEEP SAFELY: TAKE THOSE CONTACTS OUT FIRST! By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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January 12, 2012

We are all busy people so it may seem logical to save time and trouble by sleeping in your contact lenses.  Some brands even promote this practice.  You may even have done it for years without problems but now is the time to stop.  You risk a severe corneal infection called a corneal ulcer.

The cornea is the clear front part of your eye.  It has no blood supply so must rely on the tear film for oxygen.  When you sleep in contacts not only are you depriving your eyes of oxygen by having your eyes closed, the plastic of the contacts act as an added barrier.  The result is a decreased ability to fight off infections and a possible corneal ulcer.

A corneal ulcer is a very painful penetrating infection on the surface of the eye. The symptoms are pain, blurred vision, redness and light sensitivity.  Once managed with strong antibiotic drops, they may leave a permanent scar on the surface of the eye. These types of infections are rarely seen in healthy people unless they sleep in their contact lenses.

Dr. Mark E. GermanIf you do not want to give up the ease of seeing well first thing in the morning, you might want to consider LASIK vision correction.  That way you can simplify your life even more by completely eliminating the contacts! Our Dr. Martha Jay is an expert blade-free LASIK surgeon, call to have a screening exam with her to see if LASIK is a possibility for you.

In the mean time, slow down – take those contacts our every night.  Your cornea will be much happier and so will you.

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


DON’T LET DRY EYES DEFEAT YOU by Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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December 27, 2011

Do your eyes sting and burn at times?  Do they feel gritty?   Do you have excessive tearing?  Have these symptoms become even worse over these past few winter months?  If you answered “yes” to some of these questions, you may have dry eyes.  Do not worry...you are not alone.  About 59 million Americans suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.  Of this population, about 75% are over the age of 65.  The symptoms are worse in the winter; when you are out in the wind; or after reading or using your eyes intently for a long time.

To help alleviate some of the symptoms of dry eyes, our first line of treatment is tear replacement with over-the-counter artificial tears.  Do not be intimidated by the wide variety of tears to choose from on the store shelves. You may have to try a few of them to find your preferred choice.   If that does not work, we can try punctal plugs to block the tears you have from leaving the eye.  These tiny “corks” can be placed easily in the office and are often quite successful.  Another route is the use of prescription drops such as Restasis that change the quality of your tears so they coat the eye more effectively.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Don’t try to diagnose yourself, however.  If you think you have some of the symptoms above you should schedule a comprehensive eye examination.  We will thoroughly evaluate your eyes and your vision and determine the appropriate remedy for your situation.  We can help – don’t let dry eyes defeat you!

See www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information about dry eyes and other common eye problems.

Call 262-241-1919 for appointments other other questions.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as iLASIK (blade-free LASIK) and small incision cataract surgery with premium lens implants.  She trained in Ophthalmology at Northwestern University in Chicago and founded Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in 1992.


Here's to You by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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December 12, 2011

Life is hectic so sometimes we forget what’s important.  Let me step back and take a moment to thank our many wonderful patients who have made our practice such a success.  We’re not part of a huge clinic or hospital chain so we really depend on our loyal patients and their kind referrals of friends and family.

But it’s not just coming in for appointments that we appreciate, it’s the trust our patients bestow on us.  Many have complex eye problems.  They may be considering eye surgery or have medical conditions like diabetes or glaucoma.  They trust our doctors to manage their care and follow our suggestions to improve their sight.  They understand that medical care is a partnership; we can’t come home with them to put their eye drops in!

What are our goals for the New Year?  We plan to continue our nearly 20 year tradition of providing the most advanced eye care available to our patients right here in Ozaukee County.  We plan to maintain excellent customer service so our patients don’t feel like a commodity.  Our efficiency has improved with recently introduced electronic medical records.  And here’s the big news: In the summer we plan to move our Mequon office 1.3 miles south on Port Washington Road!

Dr. Mark E. GermanOf course we will continue our commitment to patient education.  Our weekly Blog entries are available on our web site, you can become a “Fan” on Facebook, and we recently introduced iPads in the office to better explain cataract and LASIK surgery.

Bring on 2012!  We’re ready for it.  Are you?

For more information or appointments, call 262-241-1919

www.LakeShoreVision.com


LASIK for Christmas: The Gift of Sight by Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist, Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

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November 28, 2011

Oh no, the holidays are fast approaching!  Are you again stymied about a gift for your young adult son or daughter?  Consider the gift of sight: LASIK vision correction.  Not only would LASIK help launch them into the future, this gift also saves 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.  So LASIK is really a bargain.  And blade-free iLASIK is now so precise it’s approved by NASA for their astronauts and the Navy for their “Top Gun” fighter pilots.

If you are considering LASIK as a gift, you should talk it over with the one you have in mind.  Find out if they can spare an hour for a free screening exam to determine if they are an appropriate candidate. The actual LASIK procedure would require 2 days out of their normal schedule for the surgery and healing.

LASIK is ideal for active people.  Skiing, swimming, biking and other outdoor activities are more fun without the hassles of glasses or contacts.  It also simplifies life which is especially appreciated by those starting families or careers.  The most common comment we get from our LASIK patients is that they wish they had done it sooner - they consider it a life changing event.  So why not help your son or daughter along?

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

For more information, visit out web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com or give us a call at 262-241-1919.  You might see someone you know in the Testimonial Section!  Remember that blade-free iLASIK at Lakeshore Eye Care is the most precise and advanced procedure available anywhere. Dr. Martha Jay was the first doctor in the Milwaukee area to use a laser for refractive surgery in the 1990's and has remained at the top of the fields since then.  Trust your eyes and those of your family to a local doctor you can trust.

Dr. Jay practices ophthalmology at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.  She is a board certified ophthalmologist who obtained her ophthalmology training at the prestigious Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

www.LakeShoreVision.com   262-241-1919


GIVE THANKS FOR GOOD VISION by Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
November 7, 2011

Most of us pretty much take our vision for granted unless we have a problem.  Hopefully you never have to choose 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.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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 visually impaired seniors who can no longer drive due to visual 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.

To learn more about Dr. Martha Jay and Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.


When is an Eye Exam a Medical Exam? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
November 1, 2011

We like to use this column to tackle common misunderstandings patients have about their eyes and eye care.  So here is a big one: When is an eye exam billed to your medical insurance and when is it part of a separate vision plan? Some patients have both medical insurance and vision plans.  The latter is intended for routine eye care and sometimes covers glasses or contact lenses every one to two years.

The difference has to do with why you are having your eyes examined.  If you have a medical problem such as diabetes or take medications such as hydroxychloroquine that can affect your eyes, then the examination is billed to your medical insurance.  It also has to do what type of eye problems you have.  If you have glaucoma or cataracts, those are medical problems so the exam is billed to your medical insurance.

Dr. Mark E. GermanThe separate vision plan is for those patients who have nothing wrong with their eyes except for the fact that they wear glasses or contact lenses.  It is not intended for those with medical eye problems.  Sometimes it doesn’t pay to have a separate vision plan if you have a medical eye problem unless your premium is less than the anticipated discount on glasses or contact lenses.  Another difference is which doctor you see.  Our ophthalmologists, Drs. Jay and Cueto, generally do not accept the vision plans as 99% of their patients have medical eye problems.

Still confused? You are not alone. Call our office at 262-241-1919 and we can help you sort it out.

Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist with Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals.  He practices comprehensive optometry and accepts patients of all ages into his practice.  Most insurance plans accepted including Medicare Assignment.  His ophthalmology  colleagues are Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto.

For more information, visit our web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.


iLASIK and Flex Plans by Dr. Martha Jay, LASIK Surgeon in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
October 24, 2011

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

You’ve been thinking about LASIK for years and have just gone through another summer hassling with your contacts and glasses.  In the long run you actually save money on LASIK compared to the cost of contacts and glasses.  But don’t forget about yet other way reason to turn to LASIK: The added savings provided by using your Flex Spending Plan at work.  Fall is generally the time to plan for the next year if you want to take advantage of these added savings.  But before committing the funds, be sure to come in for your free screening exam.

Not everyone is a candidate for blade-free iLASIK so the screening exam is critical.  We check your prescription, shape and thickness of your cornea, general eye health and many other factors.  It also gives you a change to meet our great team at Lakeshore Eye Care and learn more about iLASIK.

Even if you know you have a Flex Plan at work, the rules vary depending on your employer so be sure to check with your Human Resource officer. By using pre-tax dollars from your Flex Plan, you can make LASIK even more affordable.  But if you don’t have such a plan at work, there are other ways to finance iLASIK.  We have interest-free financing arranged through CareCredit and accept most major credit cards.

We offer the exact same blade-free iLASIK procedure at Lakeshore Eye that the Navy has found to be safe and precise enough for their “Top Gun” pilots. It’s over in minutes and pain-free.  So don’t miss out on your chance to make this remarkable procedure more affordable in 2012.

Dr. Martha Jay was the first eye surgeon in the Milwaukee area to use a laser for refractive surgery.  Since then, thousands of Milwaukee area residents have benefited from her expertise.  She and her team at Lakeshore Eye care take the time to explain every detail in advance so there are no surprises.  Call today for your complimentary, no-pressure screening exam at 262-241-1919.

Visit www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information.


Still Open? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
October 11, 2011

We keep getting calls from patients asking, “Are you still open?”  The reason for the confusion is construction, lots of it, in and around both the Mequon and Saukville offices.  The answer is a resounding “YES, we are very much open at both locations.”

The Mequon office may look like the roof is off, but it is very much there.  You can thank our new landlord, Scott Yauck of Cobalt Partners, for the down-and-out look!  He is adding a new front on the building and a Starbucks on the south end.  Parking is available in front of our office and in the gas station lot to our north.  Construction is slated to be completed by Thanksgiving.

As for Saukville, it looks like the road construction along Green Bay will continue for some time.  When it is done, however, we will be able to make a left turn more easily into and out of the driveway because they are adding a central turning lane.  So there will be an advantage to putting up with this in the long run.  Also, now traffic moves more slowly through the area so it is actually a bit safer.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Thank you, loyal patients for putting up with this “progress.”  Just leave a little extra time and you should be able to get in and out of both offices without difficulty.  Makes you look forward to winter, doesn’t it?  And please don’t let these little interferences get in the way of you taking care of your eyes.  We still offer the latest in medical and surgical eye care for patients of all ages.  See you soon!

Dr. Martha Jay practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto and Dr. Mark German.  Offices are located in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.

Call 262-241-1919 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  Medical and surgical eye care offered for patients of all ages including iLASIK vision correction, small incision cataract surgery with multi-focal and toric lens implants, glaucoma care, diabetic eye care, dry eye treatment and much more.

See www.LakeShoreVision.com for more informative blogs and explainations of common eye problems.


Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist, Mequon, Wisconsin

By admin
October 5, 2011

Visualize This!

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".

Dr. Mark E. GermanThe 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 German is an Optometrist practicing with Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.

Dr. German is accepting patients of all ages into his practice.  Most insurance plans honored.  Call 262-241-1919 for an appointment or more information.

Visit out web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information.


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