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THE EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL AND YOUR HEALTH By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
October 24, 2013

The proverb “the eyes are the window to the soul” is well known but did you also know that your eyes are a window to your general health? Many medical conditions affect the eyes such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. That is one of the reasons why a thorough eye examination includes the use of dilating drops to expand your pupils so we can take a good look at the retina in the back of your eyes. Many of these conditions affect tiny blood vessels located elsewhere such as the brain, heart, kidney or feet but the eye is the only place where they can be directly seen.

With high blood pressure or cholesterol the presence of small flame-shaped hemorrhages in the back of the eye, twisted blood vessels or evidence of thickening of the tiny blood vessel walls is often found. These vascular changes elsewhere in the body could lead to a stroke or a heart attack.

Diabetes, whether controlled with diet, pills or shots, has the potential of causing a number of problems in the eye. We look for tiny “dot” hemorrhages, abnormal new blood vessels, swelling and bleeding into the eye. Keeping the blood sugars as well controlled as possible decreases, but does not eliminate, this possibility.

Multiple sclerosis is often diagnosed after an episode of optic neuritis. This is a condition where swelling occurs in the optic nerve in the back of the eye causing a painless decrease in vision in one eye: treatments include intravenous steroids.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

So be sure your “window to your health” is checked with a dilated eye examination at least every one to two years!

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist who founded Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in 1992. She specializes in medical and surgical eye care such as blade-free iLASIK and small incision cataract surgery.

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


FLEX PLANS AND LASIK By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
September 10, 2013

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

Another summer spent annoyed with the hassles of contacts and glasses? Considering LASIK Vision Correction but not sure how to budget for it? Then don’t overlook the savings offered by Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts. While not part of all benefit packages, many employers do provide this option to utilize pre-tax income for medical procedures including LASIK. The rules vary but most plans require a fall commitment for the following year. Check with your Human Resources Officer to determine your specific deadlines.

Even if you cannot use one of these plans, you actually save money on LASIK compared with what you spend on contacts and glasses. On our web site there is a multiplier where you can put in your age and the type of contacts you wear to estimate your expected lifetime expenses. For example, if you are 30 years-old and wear 2 week disposable contacts you can expect to spend $21,900 over the rest of your life on contacts, glasses and solutions!

Most, but not all people are good candidates for blade-free LASIK. So be sure to see us for a LASIK screening exam prior to committing Flex funds for next year. This complimentary evaluation involves critical measurements of your vision and your eyes to see if you can benefit from this remarkable procedure. You’ll learn a lot about LASIK and have a chance to get acquainted with our great team at Lakeshore Eye Care.

Call for your screening exam today to start 2014 seeing better and saving money!

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist who as been at the forefront of LASIK vision correction in the Milwaukee area since the RK days. She was in fact the first ophthalmologist in Milwaukee to use a laser for refractive surgery and has consistently offered the most advanced refractive surgery options available anywhere, right here in southeastern Wisconsin.   She exclusively offers blade-free iLASIK, the safest and most precise LASIK procedure available. Call for a screening exam and you will be impressed with the professionalism of the staff at Lakeshore Eye Care and Dr. Jay.

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


TOO BUSY FOR LASIK? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
July 9, 2013

Life is hectic, we get that. But if you are thinking that you are too busy to have LASIK vision correction, think again. Maybe you are too busy NOT to have LASIK! This painless procedure takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. That’s less time than you spend dealing with your contact lenses in a single week.

Although you are in the laser suite for a total of 20 minutes, each laser runs for just a fraction of that time. In fact, the first laser takes just 21 seconds per eye. That’s all the time it needs to place tiny air bubbles just under the surface of your eye creating a small corneal cap. A second laser then changes the shape of the eye in about 30 to 45 seconds per eye. The result is great vision without glasses or contacts.

Following your quick procedure, you are sent home for a nice nap and awaken that same day to greatly improved vision. The very next morning you are greeted with an even better view on life. We recommend that you take both the day of the procedure and the day after the procedure off from work and your regular activities. Generally most people see pretty well that next day so it becomes a free day, allowing you time to enjoy your new vision.

Let us help simplify your life with LASIK vision correction. To get started, call for your complimentary screening exam to see if this remarkable procedure is an option for you. We get to know you and your eyes; and take the time to explain that LASIK is not the same everywhere you go. You only want to have the procedure once so choose wisely. Select a local doctor you can trust and one who uses the most precise, current and safest LASIK technology available.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay trained at Northwestern University in Chicago and has been providing the latest in medical and surgical eye care in the Milwaukee area since.  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


UV EXPOSURE AND COMPUTERS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C. in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
May 7, 2013

The development of cataracts and macular degeneration is associated with UV exposure. That is why we recommend good sunglasses for everyone when outside on sunny days. Most sunglasses available today offer 100% UVA and B protection. But beware of very dark older sunglasses, perhaps picked up at a secondhand store. Those older products block the brightness of sunlight but not the harmful UV rays.

What about your computer? Are you exposing yourself to harmful UV rays every day when using your computer or laptop? The answer is: “No.” Even the older CRT monitors, those large box shaped monitors that are becoming less common, release only a very low level of UV radiation. A lifetime using such a device poses no damage to your eyes. The newer LCD screens, those flat screens that are on laptops and most newer computers, emit no UV light.

So no need to wear sunglasses while working on your computer. That does not mean that computer work is without eye problems. When using a computer, we all tend to stare or blink less. This causes dryness that makes the eyes feel fatigued and can blur your vision. Taking short breaks by focusing farther away, thinking to blink more often and adding artificial tears generally is all that is needed.

Another eye-related computer problem has to do with bifocals. Using a bifocal with a computer at desk level requires that you lift your head, putting your neck in an uncomfortable position. A solution is a separate pair of glasses just for computer use. This allows you to view the screen straight ahead, relaxing your neck and you too.

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 offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. She specializes in medical and surgical eye care such as LASIK Vision Correction, small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma care, macular degeneration, dry eye treatment and more.

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


SWIMMING AND CONTACT LENSES By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
April 23, 2013

You can’t see without your glasses and love your contacts so why not swim in them? WRONG! You should never swim in contact lenses as doing so increases your risks of developing eye problems from mild irritation to severe eye infections. Most contact lenses are at least 50% water. This means that chlorinated water penetrates your contacts and stays in contact with the surface of your eye for up to an hour after swimming. The result is an irritation to the surface of your eye and an increased risk of infection.

While a mild eye irritation may go away in a day or so, a severe eye infection can result in permanent eye damage. Even in the best maintained pool or spa, bacteria can be present. In lake water, a severe pathogen called acanthamoeba may be present that causes a difficult to treat corneal ulcer. This protozoa penetrates the cornea rapidly and often requires specially formulated eye drops to save the eye. Beaches may also present the possibility of a fusarium fungal infection.

Dr. Mark E. German Those glasses may be bulky but they are your better choice over contacts in the water! Another alternative is LASIK vision correction. That way you can free yourself of the hassles of contact lenses and glasses and still enjoy the outdoors. As you know, our Dr. Martha Jay is a leader in blade-free LASIK vision correction. There is still time to have LASIK before summer, to get started call for your free LASIK screening exam. So enjoy a safe summer by either leaving those contacts out while swimming or stepping up to LASIK.

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


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.


4 REASONS for LASIK by Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By lsvadmin
January 15, 2013

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

I'll bet you've been thinking about LASIK for years but just never quite got over the fear factor.  These 4 words that could change all that: Experience, Comfort, Precision and Affordability!

As for experience, you could not do better than selecting me as your LASIK surgeon as I was the very first doctor in the Milwaukee area to perform refractive surgery with a laser. Since then I have consistently been offering the latest technology in refractive surgery available anywhere, right here in Ozaukee County. Comfort comes with a pain-free LASIK procedure lasting less than 20 minutes. In fact the first laser takes a mere 21 seconds and the second usually less than a minute.  Precision comes from using the safest and most precise laser technology available.  That leaves affordability. If you are 30 years old and wear contact lenses, you can expect to pay $20,000 over your lifetime for contacts and solutions.  That and our financing plan make LASIK a deal.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

I suppose we could add another word: confidence! By selecting Lakeshore Eye Care for your LASIK procedure you get the benefit of a local surgeon you can trust along with the most advanced LASIK procedure available.  Now your next step is to call 262-241-1919 to arrange your complimentary LASIK screening exam to see if blade-free iLASIK is in your future.  It's that easy.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. For more eye care information or to schedule appointments, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com


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