Cataracts: Symptoms and Treatment

HAVE CATARACT SURGERY TO LIVE LONGER? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
November 12, 2013

Last month we reported on a study that found a positive correlation between having cataract surgery and a decreased chance of hip fractures. Today’s column addresses yet another crucial study performed which found that having cataract surgery might actually extend life. The study was published in the May issue of the prestigious medical journal “Ophthalmology”.

The authors followed over 350 patients in Australia for 15 years and compared patients who were close in age and had similar general medical health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Those who had cataract surgery were 40% more likely to be alive at the end of the 15 years.

Why could this be? The authors postulated that good vision is a significant factor affecting emotional and physical well-being. In short, they stated that if you see better you feel better. This leads to a more optimistic view on life and the confidence to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Cataracts cause a very gradual change in vision, sometimes so slow that the patient is not really aware of it. The lens in the front of the eye gradually yellows, decreasing the amount of light that reaches the retina in the back of the eye. It is kind of like wearing dark brown sunglasses all the time.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

A very frequent comment after cataract surgery is that everything looks so bright again – as though they are now seeing the world in high definition. Blues are more vivid and whites are whiter. So if you are “on the fence” about cataract surgery, the potential for your increased longevity is something to think about.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK vision correction.  She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Drs. Josephine-Liezl Cueto and Mark German. They have offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


READY, SET... CATARACT SURGERY! By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
May 28, 2013

When you have cataract surgery, you only see a small fraction of the preparation that goes into making your procedure go smoothly. You see the thorough eye examination when we determine that you have cataracts and could benefit from surgery. You then hear an explanation about the surgery, potential complications and implant options. You schedule the surgery and arrange for a pre-operative physical with your primary care physician. You then return to our office one more time to be measured for the appropriate implant power and get last minute instructions. The next time you see me is at the hospital on the day of surgery.

What happens between that last appointment in the office and the day of surgery? LOTS! I do a thorough evaluation of your chart so I understand all your medical problems and everything about your eyes that could be important in surgery. Medical conditions such as diabetes, certain medications such as those for enlarged prostates, injuries to the eyes, eye drops used in the past, previous eye surgeries all could impact the surgery. Then I go over all the measurements to determine the implant power to give you the best possible vision after surgery. For every patient we have 3 to 5 different implants ready. The one used depends on how the surgery goes - it is good to be ready for every possibility. I then consolidate all that information on one sheet for easy reference in the operating room and notify the hospital to order the appropriate lenses.

Then there is the night before preparation.  Cataract surgery is quick (about 10-15 minutes) but requires intense concentration.  My routine for years had been about an hour of yoga the night before which helps me focus the next day - on you!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist who trained at Northwestern University in Chicago before founding Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in 1992.  She specializes in medical and surgical eye care with an emphasis on cataract surgery and  LASIK vision correction.

For more eye care information or to schedule an appointment call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com


LASIK VS CATARACT SURGERY: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
April 17, 2013

Confused about the difference between LASIK and cataract surgery? You are not alone. This will be the topic of my “Morning Blend” TV appearance Monday, April 22nd and then later can be  viewed on the WTMJ website for a week.

The purpose of LASIK is to allow you to see well without glasses or contact lenses. Generally we improve your distance vision.

With cataract surgery we remove your cloudy lens inside the eye and replace it with a clear plastic implant. If you have cataracts, LASIK is not an option for you because even if you eliminated glasses your vision would still be blurred due to the cloudy cataract.

LASIK is done at an outpatient laser center using two lasers to first make a small flap and then change the shape of the front of the eye. Cataract surgery takes place in an operating room and involves using a tiny probe to remove the cloudy lens located behind the pupil before replacing it with a clear implant.

How can you tell if LASIK is an option for you or if you have significant cataracts? The only way to tell for sure is to come in for a free LASIK screening if you are interested in that procedure. The symptoms of cataracts include blurred distance vision, especially at night, along with seeing halos around light.  That would be diagnosed with a complete eye examination.

Either way, you should call us for a thorough eye examination to explore these possibilities and more. Our web site may also be helpful to further differentiate these two common eye procedures

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Dr. Mark German and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto. She received her ophthalmology training at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and founded Lakeshore Eye Care in 1992.


NIGHT DRIVING AND CATARACTS by Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
March 5, 2013

One of the first questions we ask our patients when we see developing cataracts is about night driving. It has long been known that the vision changes from cataracts make it harder to see at night due to glare and halos around headlights. A new study also indicates that cataracts impair a driver's ability to see pedestrians at night.

The May 2012 edition of Investigative Ophthalmology, a well respected medical journal, reported on a driving simulation study where young adults were given glasses that mimicked cataract vision. Their vision was still at the level that would allow night driving in most states (20/40 on the eye chart) but their ability to see pedestrians was significantly impaired under night driving conditions.

Cataracts develop slowly, so often patients are not aware of the vision problem. It is only after surgery that they realize how good their vision can be. That is why a complete eye examination is suggested every one to two years to be sure there are no significant cataracts that could put the patient or others in danger while driving, especially at night.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Cataract surgery is generally a 10 to 15 minute procedure without the need for shots, patches or stitches. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and schedule your comprehensive eye examination today. Besides cataracts, we also evaluate you for other eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dry eyes along with checking your glasses prescription to optimize your vision. See you soon!

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician and Surgeon) practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. They have two offices in Ozaukee County, in Mequon & Saukville. Both easily accessible from Highway 43.

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


POOR VISION IS DEPRESSING by Dr. Martha Jay at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
February 5, 2013

Do you know an older person who seems depressed? Common symptoms include decreased energy, insomnia, irritability or an appetite change. While getting older has many challenges, a recent study indicates that poor vision may contribute to depression in older adults. The good news is that many causes of poor vision can be treated providing literally a new view on life for seniors.

The study appeared in Investigative Ophthalmology, a scientific journal, last April. The link between poor vision and depression was found to be due to the decreased mobility vision impaired adults experience.  After a lifetime of being able to care for themselves and go wherever they want, being stuck at home is not good for the psyche.

If you think this is a problem with your friend or family member, a first step is to schedule a complete eye examination with us and a thorough medical evaluation with their primary care doctor.  Many vision problems like cataracts and some types of macular degeneration can be treated with successful improvements in vision. Medical issues such as over-medication or an under active thyroid can also be easily adjusted.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

If all that checks out, you can ease the burden by being there to transport and engage that at-risk senior. Let them feel like life is worth living. Sure you may hear "I don't know why they call them the golden years," but at least you can make the transition a bit easier.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who specialized in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery and blade- free iLASIK.  Her colleagues at Lakeshore Eye Care are Dr. Mark German and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto.

To learn more about eye care topics, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.


BASEBALL VS FOOTBALL EYES by Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, WI

By admin
May 25, 2012

Are your eyes more like a football or a baseball?

Been following the Brewers? Baseball is not just a sport but also a way to explain the shape of your eyes.  You have “football eyes” if the front of your eyes are curved like a football. This is called astigmatism.  You have “baseball eyes” if the front of your eyes are more rounded like a baseball.

It is important to know if you have football or baseball eyes if you are considering cataract surgery.  This is because it determines which implant options are available to you at the time of surgery.  Cataract surgery is a very safe and relatively easy procedure to go through.  We gently remove your natural cloudy lens and replace it with a clear implant to improve your vision.

The latest advancements in cataract surgery involve the various implant choices now available. If you have football eyes, you would see better afterwards if we place a “Toric” implant at the time of your cataract surgery.  If you have baseball eyes, then you could benefit from a “Multi-focal” implant that allows 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 your procedure.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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 your cataract surgery?  We guide you through the options available to you during your cataract evaluation.  Remember, you only have cataract surgery once so it is important to consider all the possibilities to optimize your vision.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who founded Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals almost 20 years ago.  She obtained her ophthalmology training at Northwestern University in Chicago and specializes in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK Vision Correction.

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


Dr. Martha Jay's Cataract Patients Discuss Their Experinces with ReSTOR and Toric Implants

By admin
July 28, 2011

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Below are some comments from recent patients of Dr. Martha Jay who have undergone cataract surgery with premium ReSTOR or Toric lens implants. For more information about Dr. Martha Jay or Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, visit their web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.

Dr. Martha Jay practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. She also is an experienced blade-free LASIK surgeon and treats most medical and surgical eye problems.  She founded Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in 1992 after completing her ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University in Chicago.  Her colleagues are Dr. Mark German and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto.

Lorna, Retired

From Lorna, Retired: "I am very happy with the results from my cataract surgery and my vision with ReSTOR implants. I had been wearing glasses for 50 years and it is awesome not to have to wear them anymore. Everyone is very kind and considerate at Lakeshore Eye Care. They are always willing to take the time to answer questions and reassure the patient."

Lorna had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with ReSTOR multi-focal implants.

From Jane, Retired UWM Program Manager: "The surgery experience was done by Dr. Jay and staff with a great deal of calm professionalism. Being extremely anxious ahead of time, the information shared with me ahead of time made me calm. The pre and post exams were done with all questions answered and concerns removed.  Dr. Jay and staff are highly recommended. If she determines one is ready for cataract surgery, do not hesitate to schedule it! The Toric implants gave me distance vision which I never had all my 67 years of life, plus removing my astigmatism. Yeah!"

Jane had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with Toric lens implants.

Robert, Architect

From Robert, Architect: "I feel like I am seeing in HD again! It is worth going with the multi-focal lens.  My brother didn't have the option and he still needs glasses to read.  It's nice not to have to worry about that.  The staff at Lakeshore Eye Care was always pleasant.  The staff and Dr. Jay did a very good job of explaining what the surgical procedure would be like and what to expect from the results."

Robert had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011.  He elected to upgrade to the ReSTOR multi-focal implants in both eyes because he was frustrated with glasses.

From Barbara, Retired: "I never expected to see as well as I do now after my cataract surgery with Toric lens implants! The staff at Lakeshore Eye Care was always professional, friendly and all things nice. Lakeshore Eye Care is the ONLY place to go for eye surgery.

Barbara had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011. She opted for Toric lens implants to take care of her astigmatism as well as the cataracts.

Sheila, Retired

From Sheila, Retired: "My vision is very clear without glasses.  The surgery was just as described, no surprises. Don't  hesitate to have the surgery - It is very worthwhile. I love not wearing glasses!"

Sheila had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with ReSTOR multi-focal implants.

From James, Retired: "I researched Dr. Jay before coming in and found that many people recommended her.  I am now very happy not to worry about the hassles of glasses after my cataract surgery.  I would tell others to have it done.  Dr. Jay is very knowledgeable and offers the latest technology."

James had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with the ReSTOR multi-focal implants.

Peter, Retired

From Peter, Retired: "My distance vision is very good after my cataract surgery and I only need glasses for reading.  I had the Toric lens implants.  The procedure was painless and only took 15 or 20 minutes.  Everything went smoothly, just the way Dr. Jay explained it."

Peter had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with the Toric lens implants.

From Barbara, RN: "My vision has really improved since I had cataract surgery.  Now I can do things more easily and can see more clearly.  Everything was explained before the procedure so I could make an informed decision about the implant options and the surgery. Between the written literature and Dr. Jay's information, all my questions were answered. I would really recommend that you just do it if you have cataracts! I did not know how much I was missing.  Not anymore! There was absolutely no discomfort.  I am glad I made the decision to have cataract surgery and that I decided to go for the ReSTOR implants."

Barbara had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with ReSTOR multi-focal implants in both eyes.

Eugene, Retired

From Eugene, Retired: "Dr. Jay is a very good doctor for your eyes!"

Eugene had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with ReSTOR multi-focal lens implants.

From Cindy, Data Processor: "I am very happy with the way I can see now.  I have worn glasses since I was in the third grade so it's been a big change.  Everyone at Lakeshore Eye Care has been very helpful and patient with me as I was trying to decide which implant to use at the time of my cataract surgery.  They have been very truthful and a pleasure to work with.  I would encourage people to have the cataract surgery with the ReSTOR implants. The worst part of the whole procedure is putting in the eye drops!"

Cindy had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with the ReSTOR premium lens implants.  She was very near-sighted before her cataract surgery so now views the world much more clearly.

From Kathleen, Public Relations Consultant/Writer: "Dr. Jay and the staff in her office and the hospital were extremely professionals and caring.  I felt completely confident in Dr. Jay's capable hands. The entire experience exceeded my expectations. I would recommend Dr. Jay for performing the procedure without hesitation.  The Toric lenses completely eliminated my astigmatism so I see great now."

Kathleen had cataract surgery with Dr. Martha Jay in 2011 with Toric lens implants for astigmatism correction.


Baseball vs. Football Eyes: Why important for Cataract Surgery by Dr. Martha Jay, Milwaukee area Ophthalmologist

By admin
June 28, 2011

How about those Brewers? Baseball is not just a sport but also a way to explain the shape of your eyes.  You have “football eyes” if the front of your eyes are curved like a football. This is called astigmatism.  You have “baseball eyes” if the front of your eyes are more rounded like a baseball.

It is important to know if you have football or baseball eyes if you are considering cataract surgery.  This is because it determines which implant options are available to you at the time of surgery.  Cataract surgery is a very safe and relatively easy procedure to go through.  We gently remove your natural cloudy lens and replace it with a clear implant to improve your vision.

The latest advancements in cataract surgery involve the implant choices now available. If you have football eyes, you would see better afterwards if we place a “Toric” implant at the time of your cataract surgery.  If you have baseball eyes, then you could benefit from “Multi-focal” 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 your procedure.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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 your cataract surgery?  We will guide you through the options available to you during your cataract evaluation.  Remember, you only have cataract surgery once so it is important to consider all the possibilities to optimize your vision.

Dr. Martha Jay is an ophthalmologist or eye physician surgeon practicing in the Milwaukee area.  She is one of three doctors at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.  Dr. Jay trained at Northwestern University in Chicago and has been offering the latest in medical and surgical eye care to Milwaukee area residents since 1992.  She specializes in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free iLASIK but also treats glaucoma, dry eyes, macular degeneration and other eye conditions.

The other doctors at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals are Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto and Dr. Mark German.  For more information call at 262-241-1919 or visit their web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com


MONET AND CATARACTS by Dr. Martha Jay, Milwaukee Area Ophthalmologist

By admin
May 29, 2011

The left two images are actual Monet paintings from before his cataract surgery. The right two simulate his vision at that time.

An added benefit from cataract surgery is an improvement in color vision:  Blues are more vivid and whites are whiter after the procedure.  This is because living with cataracts is like wearing dark brown sunglasses.  Imagine that you are a brilliant impressionist painter and cataract surgery was much more risky than it is today.  That is the dilemma that Claude Monet faced in the 1920’s.  His could hardly see the “large E” on the eye chart and complained that he could not tell the difference between browns and blues.

Monet finally consented to cataract surgery in about 1922.  Cataract surgery at that time little resembled the 10 minute out-patient procedure of today.  There were no lens implants so even after the surgery patients had to wear very thick glasses to see.  Despite those limitations, Monet was amazed at the transformation of his vision after the procedure.  There is a museum in Paris with paintings from before and after his surgery that show the remarkable change in his sense of color (Musee Marmottan).

At the left are some examples of two paintings done before his surgery and a photo-simulation of Monet’s vision through dense cataracts.  Monet even went so far as to destroy many of his paintings done while his vision was impaired but fortunately family and friends saved them.

Is the world looking a bit dingy? Maybe it’s time to consider cataract surgery.  Call for a consultation.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist in the Milwaukee Area.  She specializes in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free cataract surgery with premium lens implants.  She also treats patients with glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, dry eyes and much more.  Her colleagues at Lakeshore Eye Care are Dr. Mark German and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto.

For more information about eye care and other Blog postings, visit our web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919 for an appointment.

Lakeshore Eye Care has two offices in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin: One in Mequon and the other in Saukville.


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.


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