Dr. Martha Jay’s Blogs
Click on the image to the left for a link to a Washington Post article written by a surgeon about wearing masks. He explains how important they are in the operating room and urges those who complain about them to understand that it has long been a way of work life for surgeons. Basically his theses is QUIT COMPLAINING!
ARTHRITIS AND MACULAR DEGENERATION MAY BE RELATED By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Two common conditions that increase in frequency with age are rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration of the eyes. A recent study in the medical journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science indicates that the two may be linked.
The medical claims of almost 75,000 patients over the age of 64 years-old were analyzed over a 5 year period. Those with the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis were found to have a 91% chance of also carrying the diagnosis of macular degeneration. Those without rheumatoid arthritis were also likely to have macular degeneration, but only at a rate of 83%. This was statistically significant, meaning very unlikely to be due to chance. Remember that macular degeneration is leading cause for legal blindness for those over 65 years-old in the U.S.
Why or how could these seemingly disparate conditions, one involving the joints and the other the eyes, be related? While nothing can be proven by this study, the common link may be inflammation. We have long recommended that macular degeneration patients takes the AREDS2 vitamin supplements since a large study a number years ago indicated that it decreased the risk of transitioning from the mild “dry” form of the condition to the aggressive “wet” form. They contain antioxidants that theoretically protect the eye from the damages of aging. Perhaps they may also be found to aid in rheumatoid arthritis, only further studies can tell.
The good news for those with both rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration is that the association was with the milder “dry” form. For now, be sure to have regular eye examinations especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis and/or macular degeneration.
Dr. Martha Jay is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Dr. Lisa Bennett and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specialized in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedical.com.
WHY DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK AT YOUR OFFICE? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Madison Medical Eye care is doing all we can to protect our staff and patients during the COVID pandemic. While it may seem confusing to hear different messages from local and national government sources, be very aware that the risk of illness is still present and real even as the country opens up. Here you will find that all staff and patients are wearing masks in the office, all staff and patients are having their temperatures assessed upon arrival, all rooms are disinfected after each patient and contact time between staff and patients is being kept to a minimum. In addition, all surgical patients are having COVID testing 1-2 days before their procedures.
Thankfully, 99.9% of our patients have been grateful and understanding of our precautions. They fully understand that many of our patients are at a higher risk for the more severe complications or even death from the virus due to their advanced age and/or chronic medical problems such as heart disease or diabetes. They even have impressed me with the variety of masks worn - the new fashion accessory!
Unfortunately, there is still that 0.1% who feel that the virus cannot affect them. Some have even gone so far as to berate our staff about complying with the precautions. We are not making a political statement, we are responding to a health emergency. Realize that we will not tolerate verbal abuse of our valuable staff.
I look forward to seeing you with the “new normal” mask look into the foreseeable future. Not exactly the way I planned on riding out the end of my career but at least now I get to wear comfortable easy wash scrubs and tennis shoes to work, a silver lining?
Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedical.com.
PARTIAL RE-OPENING OF MADISON MEDICAL EYE CARE By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
We have missed you these last few months! While tele-health visits have been an adventure they are no substitute for an actual eye examination. Up until now those in-person visits have been reserved for patients with true emergent eye problems such as possible retinal detachments. On those rare occasions everyone, including the patients, have worn masks. All parts of the exam room and office have been thoroughly disinfected before and after each patient. Our parking lot has been turned into the waiting room and the cell phone our way to communicate with patients about their reasons for the visit and reviewing medical histories.
We are now starting to slowly open up to non-urgent care but at a significantly reduced traffic flow. We will use what we have learned over the last few months to assure that our patients and staff remain safe. All staff from the front desk, technicians, doctors and billing staff will continue to wear masks all day. Patients will also wear masks of their own supply. All patients will be screened for respiratory symptoms prior to the appointment and their appointments will be rescheduled should there be any question of their health. Contact with staff will be minimized. Contact with other patients non-existent or at most minimal.
As for those who have had their eye surgeries delayed, we are now slowly opening to elective surgeries at Ascension Columbia-St. Mary’s Ozaukee. As cataract surgery is not a life and death procedure, our patients have been very understanding in allowing more urgent procedures to take precedent up until now. We have already started contacting those whose surgeries have been delayed for rescheduling..
The “new normal” is certainly not what we thought the year 2020 would be. We adapt, we move forward. We will see you when we see you…
Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK and more. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919.
WHICH IMPLANT AT THE TIME OF CATARACT SURGERY? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
If you have cataracts, you probably already know that cataract surgery is a 10-15 minute outpatient procedure that is generally done without the need of shots, stitches or patches. What you may not know is that we always replace your natural lens with a small plastic implant as otherwise you would not be able to see without very thick glasses. There are several implants options available. Which is right for you depends on how dependent you want to be on glasses after the procedure. Another factor concerns astigmatism, or whether your eyes are round like a baseball or curved like a football.
If you do not have astigmatism and do not mind using over-the-counter reading glasses or going back into bifocals, then the standard lens is for you. This lens corrects your distance vision and is covered by your insurance minus any deductible you may have. If you do have astigmatism, then you might want to consider a Toric implant. This option would make your distance vision clearer without glasses than a standard lens but, as with the standard lens, you would need reading glasses. How do you know if you have astigmatism? We determine that at the time of your cataract evaluation.
If you would prefer to be able to see far away and read without glasses, then you should consider a Bifocal implant. In the past this lens was only available to those without astigmatism but now we can correct for the astigmatism, distance vision and near vision all in one lens. The is an up-charge for both the Toric and Bifocal implant but you only have cataract surgery once so you want to choose wisely.
At your cataract evaluation we thoroughly discuss your implant options and help you select the one that best suits your visual needs. See you soon!
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. She practices with Drs. Lisa Bennett and James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.
NOW TWO YEARS AS PART OF MADISON MEDICAL AFFILIATES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Patients often ask how we are doing now as of Madison Medical Affiliates. We were an independent ophthalmology/optometry practice for over 25 years at the time of the merger so it certainly is a valid question! Just two short years ago all the doctors at what was known as Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals did join Madison Medical Affiliates. We can assure you that the transition was very smooth even at the start. We were able to remain in both our Mequon and Saukville offices, our phone numbers were unchanged and, most importantly, we were able to continue to provide you with the most advanced medical and surgical eye care available.
What did change is now we are part of a multi-specialty group that for over 100 years has been been providing high quality health care in the Milwaukee area. Madison Medical Affiliates now have more than 50 physicians in 12 specialties and 8 locations. Don’t make the mistake of thinking they have anything to do with Madison, Wisconsin however! The practice was started in Milwaukee by Dr. J.D. Madison in 1903 and he was later joined by his nephew, Fred Madison. The rest is history.
What also changed is now we have more doctors. Dr. Lisa Bennett joined us in August and quickly became an integral member of our team. Like myself, she M.D./Ophthalmologist who is an accomplished cataract and LASIK surgeon. She manages patients with all types of medical and surgical eye problems like dry eyes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and more. Dr. James Ivanoski rounds out our team. He is an Optometrist specializing in comprehensive eye care for the whole family with a particular interest in hard-to-fit contact lens patients.
We are very grateful to you, our patients, for your tremendous support over the years and look forward to another great year in 2020 and beyond. See you soon!
SEEKING SIMPLICITY? CONSIDER LASIK By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Life can be hectic with your attention is pulled in many directions like school, children, your job, other family responsibilities and much more. Wouldn’t it be nice to step back and simplify your life? Imagine adding a few minutes to each day. Imagine seeing naturally without the hassles and expense of contacts and glasses. Imagine finally getting around to having LASIK Vision Correction.
At Madison Medical Eye care we have consistently offered the safest and most precise refractive surgery procedures available anywhere and our Wavelight blade-free LASIK system is again just that. This pain-free procedure takes only seconds per step and is 50% faster than older technologies. There is no need to fear the metal blade at the beginning of the procedure as we exclusively use lasers for both steps of the procedure.
Once you decide to consider LASIK, what’s next? Your first decision is to select your LASIK surgeon. LASIK the definitely not same everywhere you go. What varies is the technology employed, the experience of the doctor and the amount of time you actually spend with the doctor. Beware of ridiculously low prices as that usually means the use of a metal blade at the start of the procedure. Also beware of high pressure sales pitches which indicate that you are just a LASIK sales quota, not a patient.
Interested in LASIK? Call for your free, no-pressure screening exam to determine if you are a candidate for this life changing procedure. You will soon find that LASIK with Madison Medical Eye Care is a step above other options. Simplify your life using the most advanced technology available and a local doctor you can trust.
Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Lisa Bennett are Ophthalmologists at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. Both specialized in medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.