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LASIK OR CONTACTS: WHICH IS SAFER? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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August 25, 2017

If you don’t like glasses, your alternatives include contact lenses or LASIK vision correction. We know that LASIK is more convenient and saves you money in the long run but which is the safer alternative? You’ll be surprised to learn that that actually LASIK is safer than wearing contact lenses. As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, I treat all types of eye problems. It is much more common for a contact lens wearer to come in with a severe eye problem than someone who has had LASIK.

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

Up to 6% of contact lens wearers per year experience a severe eye infection, worsening dry eye symptoms or even an allergy to contact lenses themselves. These and other problems are not only painful but can lead to permanent vision loss and an inability to resume contact use or have LASIK in the future.

As LASIK safety is not the same everywhere you go, select your LASIK surgeon carefully.  All my patients benefit from blade-free LASIK using two lasers instead of one.  It is almost impossible to have a complication during this type of LASIK procedure. That’s why we call it “LASIK for Chickens.”

If you have been thinking about LASIK, consider your odds of a problem if you stay in contacts. You knew that LASIK simplifies your life and is more cost effective; now add safety to the list favoring LASIK.  Give us 20 minutes and we can turn those contacts into a distant memory.

While taking the blade out of the LASIK equation allows more patients to be good candidates, there still are exceptions. To see if LASIK is an option for you, call for your personalized screening exam.  It’s complimentary and pressure-free.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who has been a leader in refractive surgery in the Milwaukee area for more than 20 years. She was the first doctor in the area to use a laser for vision correction and has continuously offered the most advanced eye care available.  She welcomes patients of all ages into her practice and accepts most insurance plans.

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


27 CONTACT LENSES FOUND IN PATIENT'S EYE: NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLS

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July 28, 2017

Click on the image to the left for a link to an New York Times article about a patient in England who kept putting contact lenses in her eye not realizing she had not taken the last one out. She came in when here eyes were irritated and 27 contact lenses were found.


25 years in Practice! By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 27, 2017

What happened? It seems like yesterday that I began practicing medical and surgical eye care in Ozaukee County.  I was fresh from my residency in Ophthalmology at Northwestern University in Chicago and St. Mary’s Hospital was soon to relocate to Mequon from Port Washington. The community appeared to be just the right place to make my start.

The tiny 500 square foot office in Mequon was where it all began. We had two examination rooms and one employee besides myself.  I really did not know very many people in the area, besides my husband's colleagues at UWM, but patients started coming in.  It has been gratifying since then to get to know so many wonderful people in Ozaukee County.  I have treated 3 or more generations of many families in the area: the kids for their first eye exam, their parents for LASIK and the grandparents for cataract surgery.  Now even those "kids" are young adults and are having LASIK themselves!

Now our practice has grown to 3 doctors and two offices (both considerably larger than 500 square feet).  The commitment to excellence in patient care that was the cornerstone of my success at the onset is ever-present.  We continue to offer the newest and best medical and surgical eye care available.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

If you haven't gotten to know me or my staff yet, we would love the opportunity to show you what quality eye care is all about.  Our offices are in Mequon: 10320 N. Port Washington Road and in Saukville: 620 E. Green Bay Ave (Conservancy Court).

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) who practices with Drs. Mark German & James Ivanoski at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals.  She specializes in small-incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK.

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

 


CONCUSSIONS AND THE EYES By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 24, 2017

Football is my favorite sport and the Green Bay Packers are my favorite team.  Football is, however, a violent contact sport.  In the past few years there has been a lot of emphasis on the study traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussions along with their short and long term effects.   Any of us can get a concussion from a head injury and the symptoms of a concussion can last long after the injury.  Post-concussion syndrome can affect the eyes in many ways.

Concussions can cause light sensitivity, difficulty focusing, double vision, pupils to be different sizes, difficulty reading, poor hand-eye coordination, jerky eye movements, poor depth perception and poor visual recognition memory.  These symptoms can make life difficult and are often very subtle.  A lot of these visual skills are necessary for daily activities like digital device usage, sports performance, reading, walking, and driving.

Light sensitivity can be helped with tinted lenses.  Sometimes the light sensitivity after a concussion can even make indoor lighting unbearable.  Using a visor, wearing light tinted lenses, and bi-nasal occlusion (putting small strips of tape on glasses close to the nose) can help with light sensitivity.  Sometimes a doctor’s excuse is needed to wear tinted lenses or a visor indoors at school or work.

Headaches from post-concussion syndrome can be worsened due to eyestrain from focusing and eye movement problems.  Sometimes weak reading glasses to help focusing can help reduce eye strain.  Occasionally something called prisms needs to be added to glasses to help the eyes work better together.  Optometrists and ophthalmologists can be an important part of your medical team to help manage post-concussion syndrome, on or off the football field.

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. James Ivanoski is an optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Mark German. 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.


New Surgical option for Glaucoma the iStent By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 21, 2017

iStent

Do you have glaucoma and cataracts? Perhaps you are a candidate for placement of an iStent at the time of your cataract surgery. Click on the image to the right for an informative video about this new innovation.  This is the smallest implantable device in medicine as you can see with it's comparison to the size of a penny. We can discuss if the iStent is an option for you at your next eye examination.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery and blade-free LASIK.

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


WHAT DOES 20/20 MEAN? By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 17, 2017
What does 20/20 vision actually mean?  The measurement of visual acuity is usually stated as 20 with some other number.  20/20 is considered normal vision.  If the bottom number is larger than 20, the visual acuity is worse.  For example, a person with 20/200 visual acuity has worse visual acuity than somebody with 20/30 visual acuity.  A lot of fortunate people can see better than 20/20 (20/15 or even 20/10).  The best visual acuity thought achievable by a human is 20/8. 

The minimum separation the average person can see between two lines is 1 second of arc or 1/60 of a degree.  Using a mathematical formula, it can be calculated that this translates to a letter size of 8.75 mm or 0.35 inches high is what the average person should be able to see 20 feet away.  So a person that can see 20/20 can see as small as a 0.35 inch letter at 20 feet.  A person that sees 20/100 can only distinguish a 1.75 inch or larger letter 20 feet away.  In other words, what a 20/20 seeing individual can see at 100 feet, a 20/100 seeing individual would have to be 20 feet away (5 times closer) to see the same thing.

The visual acuity charts that we use are all based on these letter sizing calculations.  Herman Snellen was the ophthalmologist that invented the first standardized eye chart in 1862.  We still use similar charts to measure vision today.  Our vision charts are projected or digital, and we use a mirror to simulate a 20 foot long room.  At Lakeshore Eye Professionals our passion is to try to keep everybody seeing as close to 20/20 as possible for their entire life, especially now that you know what it means!

Dr. James Ivanoski

Dr. James Ivanoski is an Optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Mark German. 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


WHAT HAPPENS ON LASIK DAY? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 10, 2017

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

Admit it, you are interested in having LASIK done but are worried about going through the actual procedure.  Fear no more, read below to see how easy it is.

I meet you at the laser center in Brookfield. You have brought along a driver for getting home afterwards. We give you a mild oral sedative (Ativan) to relax you. The intake nurse explains what to do when you get home (take a nap, start eye drops). Once in the laser suite, you lay down on your back between the two lasers.

For the first laser, you look into a dark tunnel and then feel a slight pressure sensation. The laser takes 6 seconds to generate the flap on the surface of your eye. We do the right eye first and then the left. While this pressure is not too tough to tolerate, it’s as bad as it gets. From then on you are home free.

For the second laser, you look at a tiny blinking green light while I gently retract the small flap and apply the laser to the surface of the eye. This laser runs a different durations depending on your prescription but generally about 30 seconds. I then reposition the flap and dry it in place for 30 seconds.

You sit up and can already see the clock at the end of the room but you vision is still slightly cloudy. You go home and take a nap, with the aid of an Ambien sleeping pill. When you wake up your vision is even better and this again happens the next morning. Most (90%) of the vision improvement occurs in the first day. There is a slower improvement over the next week. Most patients can easily drive themselves to their appointment the next day.

Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? What are you waiting for? See you soon.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.

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


ARMS TOO SHORT? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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June 22, 2017

Are you over 40? Are you having problems seeing your cell phone and the tiny print on medicine bottles? That's the start of "presbyopia." What’s happening is that your lens, located behind the colored iris, has become gradually firmer as the protein inside breaks down. As a result, the tiny muscles around it are unable to change the shape as easily as before. The result is slower focusing at different distances. Almost everyone experiences this between the ages of 44 and 46 years-old to the point where they need do something about it.

What can you do? While you cannot stop the process but there are a number of strategies to allow comfortable reading. If you have very good distance vision without glasses or wear contact lenses, you may be able to get by with over-the-counter reading glasses. They come in powers from +1.00 up to about +3.00. At first, the lower powers are sufficient but you then need to gradually ramp up as you get older.

Another strategy is the use of bifocal glasses. With those you look through the top of the glasses to see far away and then look down to read. There are even bifocal contact lenses available. Another potential contact lens option is the use of "mono-vision" contact lenses. With this strategy we set one contact lens for distance vision and the other for near. Mono-vision also works well with LASIK vision correction.

Even though you may be able to get by with reading glasses off the rack, don’t neglect your medical eye care. Schedule an appointment so we can thoroughly evaluate your eyes assist you in determining the best reading option for you.

Dr. Mark E. GermanDr. Mark German is an optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages and accepts most insurance plans. For more eye care information, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.


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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June 7, 2017

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

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

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.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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!

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


9 Ways That Dry Eyes May Interupt Your Life - BUZZ FEED Article

By user-admin
May 30, 2017

Click on the image for a link to Buzz Feed article about dry eyes


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