Dr. Martha Jay’s Blogs

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

By editor
April 16, 2015

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.

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.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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 Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free LASIK, small incision cataract surgery with premium bifocal and astigmatism implants, glaucoma care, macular degeneration management, dry eye therapies and more. She practices with Dr. Mark German at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.  Patients of all ages are welcome and most insurance plans accepted.

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

 


LOOKING FOR A LIFT? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
March 23, 2015

Dr. Neda Esmaili

Are you beginning to look a little like your parents with drooping eyelids? Do people ask you if you are tired or had a rough night when you are well rested? It might be time to consider doing something to bring your appearance back to where you would like it to be. We have just the answer for you in our newest doctor, Neda Esmaili. She is a fellowship trained oculoplastics surgeon. That means that she is an ophthalmologist, just like myself, who has then completed a 2 year fellowship in eye plastic surgery.

Dr. Esmaili is seeing patients in our Mequon office one day per week. The rest of the time she can be found at the Eye Institute where she recently joined the faculty. She offers a full range of possibilities for looking your best including non-surgical options such as botox and fillers.  She also takes care of more serious problems such as tumors around the eyes or eyelids, thyroid related issues such as double vision or prominent eyes, eyelids that turn in or turn out, blocked tear ducts and more.

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Esmaili to our practice. She and Dr. Deborah Costakos, our pediatric ophthalmologist, are providing a much needed presence on this side of town for those seeking specialized medical and surgical eye care. They round out our eye care offerings with myself and Dr. Mark German together providing small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration management, dry eye options, contact lens fitting, general eye care and more.

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


PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL SAY IT ISN’T SO! By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
February 18, 2015

The famous groundhog “Punxsutawney Phil” and our own Milwaukee Zoo counterpart “Wynter” both agree: six more weeks of winter. Instead of just bundling up and enduring while you wait for warmer weather, why not spend your winter wisely by having LASIK vision correction to enhance your summer fun?

To set your mind at ease about LASIK, start by selecting an experienced local doctor you can trust. Did you know that I was the very first doctor in the Milwaukee area to perform laser refractive surgery? Then be sure you doctor is using the most advanced precision laser technology available.  We do just that by exclusively offering blade-free LASIK with the IntraLase and VISX lasers. Affordability should not be your top concern but contacts are expensive.  If you are a 30 year-old contact lens wearer, expect to pay $20,000 over your lifetime for contacts and solutions.  With those savings and our financing plan, LASIK is a deal.

Blade-free LASIK in my hands is safe, reliable and pain free. You are in the laser suite for only about 20 minutes with each laser running for a minute or less.  I suggest that you take two days off your regular activities.  After LASIK other restrictions include no contact sports, eye makeup or swimming for 2 weeks and no vigorous eye rubbing for 6 weeks. You can drive the next day as your vision will be remarkably improved but complete healing takes about 3 months.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Don’t let a couple of groundhogs ruin your day, get prepared for summer by calling 262-241-1919 today to arrange your complimentary LASIK screening exam.  You’ll enjoy swimming, biking, boating and all your other summer passions so much more without the hassles of contacts or glasses.

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


WHEN IS A VISUAL HALLUCINATION NOT A CAUSE FOR ALARM? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
January 5, 2015

I once had a patient state very calmly that there was an army in her backyard filming a movie. Her family was quite concerned and worried that she was developing dementia or a serious mental illness. Fortunately neither was the case.  These “hallucinations” were caused by a condition called the Charles Bonnet Syndrome.

This syndrome occurs in those with limited vision.  In my experience, it is generally seen in patients with severe macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness for people over 65, but only 10-40% of those with severe vision loss experience the syndrome. Charles Bonnet was a Swiss philosopher who first described these visual hallucinations in 1760 after observing his grandfather who was going blind from cataracts.

The mechanism is thought to be due to the brain filling in for the reduced visual input from the eye. The episodes can last from seconds to minutes, occur rarely or be more frequent. Usually about 18 months after the onset they just gradually disappear. The most common type of hallucination involves faces of people but animals or plants may also be seen. The images appear smaller than in real life.  Another hallmark is that vision is the only sense involved so there are no associated abnormal sounds or smells.

What to do if you yourself or a family member are experiencing this syndrome? First be sure to have a thorough eye examination to see if there are any treatment options for the vision loss. If none are available, then reassurance from family and friends about what is real and what is not is helpful for the patient involved.  As with the patient who “saw” the army in her backyard, the images rarely concern the patient but are worrisome to their family members.  Hopefully the above explanation will set all involved at ease.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery with premium lens implants.

For more eye care informati0n, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com


THAT HOLIDAY TOAST MAY DRY YOUR EYES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
December 15, 2014

You may find that your eyes feel dry this holiday season and there are a couple of reasons why. One reason is that the air is dryer in winter and so are your eyes. Dry eye symptoms always worsen in the winter months. But there may be another reason. A study published in the respected journal Ophthalmology reported that alcohol consumption actually makes your eyes dryer.

The study subjects were young men without any history of dry eyes. They were divided into two groups, one group had an alcoholic beverage between 8 and 10 pm and the other did not. They then had their eyes examined at midnight and again at 6 and 8 am the next day.  At all three points the group that had the alcoholic beverage showed signs of dry eyes while the other group did not.

Is this news you can use? Sure, if you already have dry eyes you may want to bring along some artificial tears to that holiday party. This is certainly important if you wear contact lenses as they absorb your tear film leaving less to bathe the eye. If you do this and your eyes are still uncomfortable, then you should probably take the contacts out and switch to glasses. You do not want to risk starting out the new year with a bad infection or by damaging your eyes.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Besides tears, there are a number of other treatments for dry eyes. Be sure to discuss this when you come in for your regularly scheduled exam.  You should come in sooner if you have been experiencing worsening dry eye symptoms such as eye pain, blurred vision or feeling like there is something in your eyes.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


LASIK: THE GIFT OF SIGHT By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
November 29, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already fast approaching.  If you are still searching for that perfect gift for your young adult son or daughter, consider the gift of sight: LASIK vision correction.  Not only would LASIK help launch their future with better vision but it would actually save them money in the long run. A 25 year-old wearing contact lenses can expect to spend more than $20,000 on contacts and solutions over their lifetime. In comparison, LASIK is a real bargain.

Surprises are great but if you are considering LASIK as a gift, consider talking it over with that special someone first. Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK so it would be best if we first saw them for a free screening exam to see if LASIK is an option for them. The procedure could then be scheduled for early next year when they can spare a couple days out of their busy schedule for the procedure and recovery.

Remember that LASIK is not the same everywhere you go: the main variables concern the technology used and the doctor’s experience. Rest assured that I have considerable LASIK experience, having offered the safest and most precise refractive surgery technology to Milwaukee area residents for over 20 years. Our procedure is completely blade-free and painless, that’s why we call it “LASIK for Chickens.”

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

LASIK is ideal for active people. Skiing, swimming, biking and other outdoor activities are more enjoyable without the hassles of glasses or contacts.  It also simplifies your life which is especially appreciated by those starting families and/or careers.  LASIK is a life changing event and you could make it happen! For more information, visit our web site or give us a call.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery. For more eye care information, 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 with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
November 15, 2014

Confused about the difference between LASIK and cataract surgery? You are not alone. LASIK is a laser procedure intended to eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. Cataract surgery is done to remove the cloudy lens in the front of your eye and replace it with a clear plastic implant. If you have cataracts, LASIK is not an option for you because your vision would still be blurred afterwards due to the cloudy cataract.

LASIK is done at an outpatient laser center with mild oral sedation. We begin by using a laser to make a small flap on the surface of the eye. Once this tiny flap is lifted, we use a second laser to alter the shape of the eye to improve you vision without glasses.  Each laser is pain-free and runs for less than a minute per eye.

Cataract surgery takes place in an operating room with I.V. sedation.  We use a tiny ultrasound to liquefy and then remove the cloudy lens inside the eye, behind the colored pupil. We then replace that lens with a clear plastic implant to improve your vision.  There now are a number of implant options, all of which will be thoroughly explained at the time of your cataract evaluation. The procedure takes 10-15 minutes.

How can you tell if LASIK is a possibility for you? Just come in for a free LASIK screening exam. We will evaluate your vision and eyes to see if LASIK is right for you. How can you tell if you have cataracts? Cataract symptoms include blurred distance vision, especially at night, along with seeing halos around lights and glare on sunny days.  However, a complete eye examination is the best way to determine if cataracts are a significant problem for you. See you soon!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician and Surgeon) specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery.

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


WHAT IS A SECONDARY CATARACT? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
October 21, 2014

A common question from patients is, “Do cataracts come back?” The answer is yes and no. Once you have cataract surgery, you do not have to go back to the operating room at a later date to repeat the procedure. What can happen is that you may develop a secondary cataract. This is a clouding behind the implant and is easily treated with a quick laser procedure.

The lens in the eye is shaped like a tiny pillow, rounded on the edges and flattened on the front and back. It is covered with a thin membrane, measuring less than 5 microns thick. At the time of cataract surgery, we carefully remove a circular area from the front of this membrane and gently vacuum out your cloudy lens. We then use this remaining membrane, known as “the bag,” to support the plastic intraocular lens which allows you to see clearly after surgery.

In about 10% of cases, this membrane becomes cloudy over time and we call it a secondary cataract.  It usually takes 3-5 years for this to happen and the symptoms are very similar to those noticed prior to the original surgery: blurred distance vision, glare and halos around lights.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

As previously mentioned, the treatment is a quick laser. You wear street clothes and put your chin on something that looks just like what we use in the office during your eye exam. Afterwards there are no activity restrictions and the potential risk for complications is minimal. So if you start to notice that your vision has become blurred several years after cataract surgery, come in and we will determine if this is your problem.  If so, you are just a quick laser away from resuming your clear vision.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK vision correction.

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


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMBINE CHICKENS, LASIK AND FLEX PLANS? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
September 30, 2014

Each fall these three factors combine, motivating those “chickens” to arrange LASIK for the coming year. They have wanted LASIK for years but were frankly a little afraid of the procedure. They then did their research and calmed down when they realized that our blade-free LASIK is extremely safe, making it almost impossible to have a complication during this pain-free procedure.

Those “chickens” also insist on a well respected, experienced local doctor they can trust. They know that I was the first doctor in the Milwaukee area to perform laser refractive surgery and thus have consistently offered the safest and most precise technology available. That includes the exclusive use of blade-free LASIK since 2005.

When you combine the “LASIK for Chickens” concept with the annual Flex Plan enrollment period, you have a perfect mix.  Whether the goal is to spend down your 2014 funds or you are planning for 2015, be sure to include LASIK in your calculations.

Don’t despair if a Flex Plan is not available to you, you can still take advantage of our other finance options. We offer interest-free financing through CareCredit and accept most major credit cards.  LASIK is a sure investment in your future and over time represents a considerable savings over the expenses associated with contact lenses.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Motivated now? Then call today to arrange your complimentary LASIK screening exam before your Flex Plan enrollment period expires. See you soon!

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care.  For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


CATARACTS & MACULAR DEGENERATION By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalomologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By editor
September 2, 2014

Many people have both cataracts and macular degeneration as both conditions are more common later in life. Cataracts are caused by a clouding of the lens in the front of the eye and are treated with surgery. Macular degeneration is an aging change in the back of the eye.  There are two types of macular degeneration: “dry” and “wet.”  The dry type is less severe and may just be noticed during a routine eye examination. The more severe wet type usually causes blurred or distorted central vision. Sometimes the wet type is treated with injections into the eye on a regular basis.

If your vision is impaired by macular degeneration and you also have cataracts, you may wonder if having cataract surgery would be of any benefit.  A recent study in the medical journal “Ophthalmology” looked at this very question.  The study followed 800 patients and came to the conclusion that cataract surgery did improve vision in patients with all levels of macular degeneration.  Expectations should be guarded, however, about how much improvement could be expected.  The retinal is like the film of a camera, so if it is damaged by macular degeneration you cannot expect to get a perfect picture even with a perfectly clear lens.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Every situation is different so the decision to proceed with cataract surgery is one that you make with the assistance of your eye physician.  While cataract surgery is a relatively quick and easy procedure, you want have reasonable expectations. We can thoroughly discuss your options and explain what visual improvement you could expect with cataract surgery the time of your next complete eye examination.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including cataract surgery and macular degeneration care. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


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