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HERE'S TO YOU by Dr. Martha Jay - Ophthalmologist with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
March 7, 2011

Life is hectic.  Sometimes we forget what’s important.  So let me step back and take just a moment to thank our many wonderful patients who have made our practice such a success.  We are 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 members.

But it’s not just coming in for appointments that we appreciate, it’s the trust our patients bestow on us.  Many of our patients have pretty 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 18 year tradition of providing the most advanced eye care available to our patients here in Ozaukee County and beyond.  We plan to continue to emphasize customer service so our patients don’t feel like a commodity.  We also will start the painful transition to electronic medical records!

Another goal is education.  We want you to be aware of options for your vision care.  One source of information is this column.  Another is our newly expanded web site and associated blog about eye care.  And don’t forget about becoming a “Fan” of ours on Facebook.

Bring on 2011!  We’re ready for it.  Are you?

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

Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C.

Offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

Phone: 262-241-1919

web site: www.lakeshorevision.com

Offering small incision cataract surgery with premium lens implants, blade-free iLASIK correction, glaucoma treatment, diabetic eye care, dry eye care and general eye examinations.

Our practice includes to ophthalmologists (Eye Physicians & Surgeons) and one optometrist.  We provide comprehensive medical and surgical eye care for patients of all ages.



"LASIK Now for Summer Fun Later" by Dr. Martha Jay, LASIK eye surgeon at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
March 7, 2011

You pass the bike in the garage, you look out at the frozen lake and imagine sailing, you are planning your camping trip out west… While those activities are a way off you can get prepared now by having LASIK vision correction. All these activities will be easier without hassling with contact lenses or glasses.  LASIK actually simplifies your life which a life change we can all embrace.

You may have been worried about LASIK in the past when you heard that it involved a metal blade but those days are over at Lakeshore Eye Care.  We have been exclusively offering a completely blade-free LASIK experience for over 5 years.  The gentle touch of the lasers lasts only seconds and you have to see the results to believe them.

Not everyone can have LASIK, however, due to their glasses prescription or the shape of their eyes.  So before you get too excited about the prospect of buying off-the-rack sunglasses for the summer, come in for a free screening exam.  We are not high pressure, just there to provide information so you can decide if you want to improve on nature.

And remember LASIK is not the same everywhere you go.  At Lakeshore Eye Care you have the confidence of a local doctor you can trust with over 15 years experience in refractive surgery.  And we have always provided our patients with the latest and most precise technology available.  Come in so we can get to know you and your eyes to see if LASIK is right for you.

Call 262-241-1919 for your personalized screening appointment.

More information available at www.LakeShoreVision.com.

Dr. Martha Jay completed her ophthalmology training at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1992.  She has been providing the latest in medical and surgical eye care to patients in the Milwaukee and Ozaukee County areas since that time.  She specializes in blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery but also treats glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and much more.

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HAVE SWEET DREAMS – DON’T SLEEP IN YOUR CONTACTS by Dr. Mark German, Contact Lens Specialist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
February 28, 2011

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.

If 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.

Visit our web site for more information at www.LakeshoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919

Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist with over 20 years experience in fitting contact lenses and general eye care.  He practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto who are Ophthalmologists.   They offer medical and surgical eye care for patients of all ages including blade-free LASIK, small incision cataract surgery, premium implants for cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration care, dry eye treatment, contact lens fitting and much more.


New Cataract Technology at Columbia-St. Mary's Ozaukee Hospital by Dr. Martha Jay, Eye Physician and Surgeon, Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
February 23, 2011

Just when you think cataract surgery cannot get any faster or safer, along comes another advancement in technology.  Columbia-St. Mary’s Ozaukee has just purchased the most advanced cataract machine available to do just that.  Cataracts are removed through a tiny incision with an ultrasound device that we call a “phaco” machine.  The new Alcon Infiniti machine has been in use at the Ozaukee hospital since late last year.  The result is faster surgery and quicker recovery for our patients.

Columbia-St. Mary’s Ozaukee is the only hospital providing eye surgery at this time in Ozaukee County and now they have the newest equipment in the area.  The difference is how the ultrasound works.  The Infiniti machine has the new “Ozil” technology which allows the ultrasound to move in two directions instead of one.  It also has the capability to change the power of the ultrasound based on the severity of the cataract – this is called “Intelligent Phaco.”  Finally it allows us the use an even small incision, down from an already tiny 2.8 mm to only 2.4 mm.

The bottom line is that anything that makes my job easier and my patients see better is welcomed.  We at lakeshore Eye Care have long dedicated ourselves to providing the most advanced medical and surgical eye care available and the new Alcon Infiniti phaco machine is just one more example of that principle.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Eye Physician and Surgeon who has been practicing in Ozaukee County since 1992 after receiving her Ophthalmology training at Northwestern University in Chicago.  She specializes in blade-free LASIK vision correction and small-incision cataract surgery.  Call for your appointment today to see if you have cataracts and learn about the new implants that allow you to "see it all" without glasses after surgery.

www.LakeShoreVision.com

262-241-1919

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


Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) by Dr. Mark G. German, Contact Lens Specialist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon, Wisconsin

By admin
February 7, 2011

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.

Call for an appointment at 262-241-1919.

Visit www.LakeshoreVision.com

Dr. Mark E. German is an Optometrist who practices in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.  He is part of Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals which is a full-service eye care practice with our Ophthalmologist (Dr. Martha Jay) our Optometrist (Dr. Mark German).  Look to them for the latest in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free iLASIK, small incision cataract surgery, premium ReSTOR and Toric cataract lens implants, dry eye treatment, glaucoma treatment, diabetic eye care, contact lens fitting and general eye examinations.


ARE YOUR EYES LIKE A FOOTBALL OR BASEBALL? By Dr. Martha Jay, Cataract Surgeon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By admin
January 31, 2011

Football season may be coming to an end but not our obsession with sports even when it comes to eye surgery.  You have football eyes if you have a curvature to the surface of your eyes.  This is called astigmatism.  You have baseball eyes if you do not.

So what’s the point of knowing if you have football or a baseball eyes?  It is key to determining which implant you should choose at the time of cataract surgery.  Cataract surgery is a very safe and relatively easy procedure to go through.  What’s new about cataract surgery is the choice of the implants.  If your eyes are like footballs because you have astigmatism, you would see better afterwords if we place a “Toric” implant at the time of your cataract surgery.

If you have eyes that are more like baseballs because you do not have astigmatism, you could benefit from implants that allow you to see far away, intermediate and close up after your surgery without glasses.  These “bifocal-like”  implants let you turn back the clock and be relatively free of glasses after surgery.

How can you tell if you have football or baseball eyes?  How can you know which implant is optimal for you at the time of cataract surgery?  We guide you through the options when we do a thorough eye examination to evaluate you for cataracts.  Remember, you only have cataract surgery once so it is important to consider all the possibilities to optimize your vision.

Call for your appointment at 262-241-1919.  Visit our web site at www.lakeshorevision.com

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist practicing in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.

Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals offers the latest in medical and surgical eye care from small incision cataract surgery, blade-free iLASIK, glaucoma care, diabetic eye care, dry eye treatment, contact lens fitting and general eye examinations.  We have two Ophthalmologists (Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto) and one Optometrist (Dr. Mark German).


WHO NEEDS AN EYE EXAM? by Dr. Martha Jay, Eye Physician & Surgeon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By admin
January 19, 2011

It’s happened again.  Someone has come in with severe glaucoma that could have been easily treated if caught earlier.  In this day and age, it’s really a shame to have people loose vision because they did not take the time to have their eyes examined every couple of years.

Glaucoma is not painful.  You really don’t know you have it until it is quite severe and then treatment not very effective.  It is caused by an increase in eye pressure which damages the delicate optic nerve in the back of the eye that carries visual information to the brain.  Glaucoma is diagnosed by measuring your eye pressure, looking directly at the optic nerve after dilating drops have been given and checking your peripheral or side vision of one of the other two factors are abnormal.  It is treated with eye drops but sometimes lasers or surgery are necessary to get it under control.

Besides glaucoma, another reason for regular eye care is to be sure that medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure have not affected your eyes.  And finally, we all want to see as well as possible so your glasses prescription needs to be up-dated every few years.

Is an eye exam on your 2011 “To Do” list?  Give us a call to arrange a complete medical evaluation of your eyes.  While you are at it, ask if blade-free iLASIK is an option for you.  If you have cataracts, ask about our bifocal implants or those that correct for astigmatism.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

Martha F.  Jay, Ph.D., M.D.

Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C.

Offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin (Ozaukee County)

phone: 262-241-1919

web site: www.lakeshorevision.com

Comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages including small incision, no-stitch, no-patch cataract surgery with premium lens implants.  See near, far and in between after cataract surgery with the new multifocal implants.   We also offer toric implants to decrease your astigmatism after cataract surgery.  Our patients are HOPING their cataracts develop so they can take advantage of these new innovations.

Alcon ReSTOR implants, Alcon Toric implants, AMO Tecnis Multifocal implants offered.  Call for your cataract evaluation today and also find out if you have glaucoma or other important medical eye problems that need treatment to maintain your vision for years to come.


DO YOUR EYES A FAVOR IN 2011: QUIT SMOKING by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

By admin
January 19, 2011

Were you naughty or nice this year?  St. Nick already passed judgment but your eyes may have another opinion.  If you haven’t already heard enough reasons to quit smoking, consider macular degeneration.   There are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet.  The dry type is usually quite mild.  The wet type is another story - you may loose your central vision and along with that your ability to read or drive.  Your chance of converting to the aggressive wet form is more likely if you are a smoker.

While there are treatments for macular degeneration, avoiding the condition is still the best course.  A recent National Institute of Health study showed that certain high dose nutritional supplements were effective in decreasing the progression of macular degeneration by one-quarter. These supplements are combined in an over-the-counter product that states "AREDS formula" on the label.

Unfortunately, smokers increase their risk of lung cancer if they use beta-carotene which is part of the AREDS formula.  This means that not only are smokers at a higher risk of developing severe macular degeneration in the first place, they cannot take the studied and recommended supplements to slow progression of the disease.

The bottom line is really quit smoking this time if you value your vision!  Consult your primary care physician for strategies to make this New Years resolution successful for you and your eyes.

Mark E. German, O.D.

Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C.

Offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

Phone: 262-241-1919

web site: www.lakeshorevision.com

Comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages including contact lens fitting, glaucoma care, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye care and much more.

Dr. Mark E. German


OPENING YOUR EYES TO GLAUCOMA by Mark E. German, O.D. Optometrist - Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
January 19, 2011

Each year, thousands of Americans needlessly go blind from glaucoma and researchers are beginning to find out why.  Much of the problem has to do with the fact that people fail to detect this eye disease early enough. While about three million Americans have glaucoma, only half those people are aware of it.

Even when glaucoma is diagnosed, up to half of patients either fail to take their eye drops regularly or stop taking them entirely. Why is this?  It's because glaucoma has no symptoms until it is so severe that the patient is about to go blind.  If left untreated, it may cause a painless loss of peripheral or side vision over a number of years.
But glaucoma is easily treated with eye drops.  Sometimes laser treatments or surgery might also be required.  The key is detecting glaucoma in the first place and then sticking with the treatment plan.  If you have not had a complete eye examination with dilating drops in over two years, you need to arrange one right away.  If you have a family history of glaucoma or unexplained vision loss, a complete eye examination is even more important to rule-out this potentially blinding condition.

Call today to schedule your complete eye examination so you don’t become a statistic on preventable blindness.  Remember that we welcome patients of all ages to our practice and accept most insurance plans including Medicare assignment.

Mark E. German, O.D.

Optometrist, Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C.

Offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

phone: 262-241-1919

web site: www.lakeshorevision.com

Full service optometry and ophthalmology practice.  Offering medical and surgical treatment for cataracts, iLASIK laser vision correction, glaucoma, diabetic eye care, contact lens fitting and general eye examinations.


BIFOCAL-LIKE IMPLANTS FOR CATARACT PATIENTS by Dr. Martha Jay, Eye Physician and Surgeon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By admin
January 10, 2011

If you have cataracts you probably know how much surgery has improved over the years.  You know that cataract surgery is a 10 minute procedure and that we have done away with shots and stitches.  Most (95%) of people are thrilled with their results and cannot believe they can see that well again.

What you may not know is that we always replace your natural lens with a small plastic implant.  In the past we could just correct your distance (driving etc) vision with the implants.  Now we have bifocal-like implants that allow you to see far away and read without glasses.

Now before you get too excited, we don’t guarantee that you never wear glasses but it would be rare with these new implants.  Three companies make them and the competition has been fierce to improve patient satisfaction.  My current favorite lens is called the ReSTOR lens.  This lens has been recently redesigned to improve vision at distance, near and intermediate (computer etc).  The lens has the added advantage of ultraviolet protection for your retina and a low rate of secondary cataract formation.

What’s the best choice for you?  That’s what we help you determine when you are seen for a cataract evaluation.  Not everyone is a candidate for a ReSTOR implant so we will thoroughly explain your options and let you decide.  You want access to the best possible eye care? You’ve got it at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals.

Martha F. Jay, Ph.D., M.D.  *   Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C.

11307 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092    *  620 E. Green Bay Avenue, Saukville, WI 53080

phone: 262-241-1919   *   web site: www.lakeshorevision.com


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