Dr. Martha Jay’s Blogs

NOT ALL LASIK IS CREATED EQUAL by Dr. Martha Jay, LASIK Surgeon in the Milwaukee Area

By admin
August 29, 2011
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iLASIK with IntraLase and VISX Star4 S4 Lasers

If you are interested in LASIK the first thing you need to know is that “Not all LASIK is created equal.”  The key elements to success with LASIK involve taking advantage of the latest blade-free technology, selecting an experienced LASIK surgeon and being sure your follow-up care is done by the doctor – not delegated to para-professionals.

A common question posed to our staff is: “How much is LASIK?” This misses the point. Price is not the most important factor.  You only have LASIK once so you want it done right. Your decision about how and where to have your LASIK procedure will affect your vision for the rest of your life.

But you are in luck, right here in Ozaukee County you have one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in Wisconsin.  In fact I was the first doctor in the Milwaukee area to use a laser for refractive surgery and to adopt blade-free LASIK.  Thousands of my patients have experienced freedom from glasses and contact lenses after refractive surgery.  .

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Since 2005 I have been exclusively offering blade-free LASIK.  By using two lasers instead of one it is almost impossible to have a complication during the procedure.  This added precision convinced the Navy to allow their “Top Gun” fighter pilots to have LASIK with the exact same equipment I use in my practice.

So have LASIK but do it right.  Take the first step today by calling 262-241-1919 for your free screening exam to see if LASIK is an option for you.  Visit our web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information.


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.


WHAT IS A STYE? By Dr. Martha Jay, Milwaukee area Ophthalmologist

By admin
July 11, 2011

You’ve seen it or maybe had one yourself.  It’s a red and tender bump on the eyelid.  A stye (also spelled "sty") develops when a gland at the edge of the eyelid becomes infected.  The medical term for a stye is hordeolum.  It can occur on the inside or outside of the eyelid.   Styes are not harmful to your vision but can become quite uncomfortable and unattractive.

Initial symptoms of a stye include pain, redness, tenderness and swelling in the area. They are very common this time of year with the warmer weather as we are perspiring more.  The glands around the eyelid that are affected are called meibomian glands and they are sebaceous glands or sweat glands.

A stye results from an acute infection of these meibomian glands that occurs after they become clogged.  A stye also may arise from an infected hair follicle at the base of an eyelash. The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for 90-95% of cases of styes.   A stye can also develop as a complication of a low-grade eyelid infection called blepharitis.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Treatment begins with applying warm compresses over the affected area four times per day and cleansing the area with baby shampoo twice daily.  A prescription antibiotic ointment that is safe around the eyes may also be necessary.  The stye may rupture and drain, resulting in quicker healing.  If not, occasionally lancing in the office is required.

Give us a call should you be bothered by a stye or other eye problems.  We have three doctors and two offices in Ozaukee County for your convenience.

Dr. Martha Jay is part of the eye care team at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals.  Her other colleagues are Dr. Mark German and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto.  They offer a full array of medical and surgical eye care options including general eye care, blade-free LASIK Vision Correction, small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration treatment, dry eye options, contact lens fitting and much more.  They have two offices in Ozaukee County, one in Mequon and the other in Saukville.  Both are minutes from Milwaukee just off Highway 43.

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


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


CONTACT LENSES VS. LASIK by Dr. Martha Jay, Milwaukee Area Ophthalmologist

By admin
May 29, 2011

Trying to weigh the benefits of contact lenses versus LASIK? You are not alone.  If you liked glasses, you would stay with them.  Let’s consider cost, convenience and safety.

As far as cost is concerned, contact lenses lose out to LASIK.  Let’s say that you are 30 years-old and wear disposable contact lenses.  If you calculate your lifetime cost of contacts, glasses and solutions it would come to $21,900!  See our web site for a link to iLASIK to see what your projected lifetime contact lens expenses are.

Now convenience takes less explanation. Traveling with contacts, glasses, solutions, contact cases, prescription sunglasses, and non-prescription sunglasses is one thing but LASIK simplifies your life in other ways also.  You just get up and go in the morning or when checking on your child during the night.  You can get of-the-rack sunglasses and even replace them on a whim.

LASIK is so safe it is approved for Navy "Top Gun" fighter pilots

That leaves safely.  We see many severe corneal ulcers every month in contact lens wearers and have never seen one in a LASIK patient.  These are especially common in those who sleep in their contacts.  With LASIK you have a 99% chance of being happy with your procedure.

LASIK is so safe and convenient that it is approved for Top-Gun Navy pilots and astronauts.  All that and you save money too!  Isn’t it time to call for your free screening exam to see if LASIK is an option for you?   See you soon.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist who has been practicing in the Milwaukee area since 1992 when she completed her ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University in Chicago.  She was one of the first doctors in the area to recognize the benefits of blade-free LASIK and is still one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the Milwaukee area.  When you select Dr. Jay for your LASIK procedure you are assured that you will benefit from the latest technology available and a local doctor you can trust.  AND you care will not be delegated to para-professionals.  You will see Dr. Jay at each and every appointment from your first screening, you surgery and through your one year of post-operative care.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Call 262-241-1919 to arrange your free, no-pressure screening exam.  Visit our web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you attain the vision you have always dreamed about.


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.


Healthy Vision Month by Dr. Martha Jay, Milwaukee Area Ophthalmologist

By admin
May 9, 2011

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has declared May to be “Healthy Vision Month.”   The NEI is the federal agency responsible for most of the funding of vision research in the U.S. which includes everything from the most basic research into the functioning of the eye to campaigns to improve vision in our country.

What can you do? Be sure you and your family have regular eye care.  That means every one to years they all need to have a complete eye examination with dilating drops to rule-out any eye problems that can be treated.  This could be just the need for stronger glasses in children to the development of glaucoma in those who are older.

Another key to healthy vision is wearing sunglasses outside on sunny days.  Ultraviolet exposure promotes macular degeneration and cataracts.  So don’t stop at the sunscreen, use the sunglasses and a hat this summer. Diet is also important. Leafy green vegetables contain valuable nutrients to keep the retina healthy and are especially recommended for those with macular degeneration.

Finally, if you still smoke and have not found a reason to stop yet, think of your eyes.  The more aggressive “wet” form of macular degeneration is more common in smokers as is the development of early cataracts.

So do your part, call us today to schedule eye examinations for you and your family!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Milwaukee Area Ophthalmologist with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.  Both are located just off Highway 43, minutes from Milwaukee.  Call 262-241-1919 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay or one of her colleagues at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals (Dr. Mark German or Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto).

More eye care information available at www.LakeShoreVision.com.


Cataract Patient Carolyn and Dr. Martha Jay

By admin
April 24, 2011

Click on the image of Carolyn to hear about her experience with Dr. Martha Jay and cataract surgery with ReSTOR multi-focal implants. She had worn glasses for years and now is very pleased to be able to sew and bake without them. More information about cataract surgery and implant options is available on the Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals web site www.LakeShoreVision.com or by calling 262-241-1919.

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist who trained at Northwestern University in Chicago.  She has been providing state-of-the art cataract surgery to Milwaukee area residents since 1992.  She specializes in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free iLASIK.

Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals has two offices in Ozaukee County, just minutes from Milwaukee.  Both are right off Highway 43.  Mequon: 11307 N. Port Washington Road, Saukville: 620 E. Green Bay Avenue, Suite 124


ALLERGIC EYE PROBLEMS by Dr. Martha Jay, Eye Physician & Surgeon serving Milwaukee and surrounding areas

By admin
April 18, 2011

Spring is here and plants are beginning to return to life.  We are all looking forward to spending time outside and enjoying outdoor activities.   But for many, this season means the return of red, itchy, watery eyes that threaten our enjoyment.  This is allergy season for many and patients with allergic conjunctivitis begin the yearly migration to our office to ease their symptoms.

Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the thin tissue covering the eye and eyelids (conjuctiva) due to a reaction from allergy-causing substances such as pollen or dander.  When your eyes are exposed to anything to which you are allergic, histamine is released and the blood vessels in the conjunctiva become swollen. Reddening of the eyes develops quickly and is accompanied by itching and watering eyes.  Allergies tend to run in families, although no obvious mode of inheritance is recognized. The incidence of allergies is difficult to determine, because many different conditions are often lumped under the term “allergy.”

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

An obvious treatment is to avoid what you are allergic to.  When this fails, then over-the-counter anti-histamine drops can be used to reduce the tearing and itchiness.  Cold compresses also help to soothe the eyes.  If these do not work then prescription medications (stronger anti-histamine or steroid drops) are needed to calm the inflammation and return your eyes to that normal comfortable feeling.  Keep in mind that rubbing the eyes makes the situation worse.  If you suffer from allergies or are just in need of an eye examination, call to schedule an appointment so you can embrace spring with comfortable eyes.


HERE'S TO YOU by Dr. Martha Jay - Ophthalmologist with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
March 7, 2011

Life is hectic.  Sometimes we forget what’s important.  So let me step back and take just a moment to thank our many wonderful patients who have made our practice such a success.  We are not part of a huge clinic or hospital chain so we really depend on our loyal patients and their kind referrals of friends and family members.

But it’s not just coming in for appointments that we appreciate, it’s the trust our patients bestow on us.  Many of our patients have pretty complex eye problems.  They may be considering eye surgery or have medical conditions like diabetes or glaucoma.  They trust our doctors to manage their care and follow our suggestions to improve their sight.  They understand that medical care is a partnership; we can’t come home with them to put their eye drops in!

What are our goals for the New Year?  We plan to continue our 18 year tradition of providing the most advanced eye care available to our patients here in Ozaukee County and beyond.  We plan to continue to emphasize customer service so our patients don’t feel like a commodity.  We also will start the painful transition to electronic medical records!

Another goal is education.  We want you to be aware of options for your vision care.  One source of information is this column.  Another is our newly expanded web site and associated blog about eye care.  And don’t forget about becoming a “Fan” of ours on Facebook.

Bring on 2011!  We’re ready for it.  Are you?

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

Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C.

Offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

Phone: 262-241-1919

web site: www.lakeshorevision.com

Offering small incision cataract surgery with premium lens implants, blade-free iLASIK correction, glaucoma treatment, diabetic eye care, dry eye care and general eye examinations.

Our practice includes to ophthalmologists (Eye Physicians & Surgeons) and one optometrist.  We provide comprehensive medical and surgical eye care for patients of all ages.


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