BOARD CERTIFICATION IN OPHTHALMOLOGY By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 28, 2014

Most patients may not be aware if their doctors are “Board Certified” unless they notice a fancy plaque on the wall. But what does this mean exactly?

In ophthalmology, a “Board Certified” doctor has successfully completed 4 years of medical school and then another 4 years of an Ophthalmology Residency to learn the specifics of medical and surgical eye care. They are then challenged with a series of tests that take a minimum of three years to complete.  The first is an intensive written qualifying exam. This 250 question test has seven sections, each covering a different aspect of eye care. Each question requires knowledge of obscure as well as common eye problems.

Once you make it passed that by doing well in all seven sections (and many don’t), it is on to the oral exam a year or so later. Wisconsin doctors are tested in San Francisco.  Imagine the scene: scores of anxious young doctors sitting in the hallway of an upscale hotel. They are individually called into regular hotel rooms where an examiner shows them photos of eye problems and gives them some history. You are asked what you see, what you are going to do. “Are you sure? Is that so?” are common responses just to throw you off. The oral exam has 6 sections, again you must do well on all of them.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

I am very proud to say that all three Ophthalmologists at Lakeshore Eye Care (Dr. Jay, Cueto and Costakos) are Board Certified! But the certification only lasts 10 years. During that time, we keep informed about new aspects of care by attending medical education meetings and reading professional journals. The testing the first time is the most challenging, however. You can be proud of our doctors here, we sure are!

Dr. Martha Jay has been board certified in ophthalmology since 1994 and successfully re-certified twice since then.  She specializes in medical and surgical eye care including LASIK vision correction and small incision cataract surgery.

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

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