Dr. Martha Jay’s Blogs

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU... By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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February 5, 2018

What really stands out about Madison Medical Eye Care is our amazing staff. Not a day goes by without someone commenting on how nice they are and how much they learned from them. From the first phone call, through your exams or surgeries and insurance billing, they have you covered.  Our doctors could not possibly get by without them and are very pleased that they have made an impression on you also.

Some especially important individuals who help facilitate your care are our Certified Ophthalmic Assistants and Technicians (COAs/COTs).  They work under our doctor’s direction and supervision to gather the pertinent information we need at each and every examination. They listen to your concerns and condense that information so we can effectively address them.  You leave with solutions for better vision and eye comfort.  Not only that but you learn a lot about how your eyes work too!

How did the technicians learn all this?  All of our COAs/COTs have completed an intense independent study course with clinical training that lasts at least two years.  They then have to pass either the COA or the COT level examinations. Furthermore, they participate in Continuing Medical Education courses every year to build their knowledge and skills with new technologies and developments.  Advances in medical and surgical eye care are constantly occurring and our techs make sure that they never get left behind.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Thank you techs, we could not do our job without you! And thank you kind patients for taking the time to complement them and other staff members on jobs well done.

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


WINTER IN WISCONSIN IS LASIK SEASON By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care (Formally Lakeshore Eye Care) with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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January 31, 2018

Winter in Wisconsin leaves us dreaming of our favorite summer activities that seem so far away: enjoying our lakes and pools, blasting out on that Harley, biking the Interurban trail and much more.  While you cannot make winter disappear, there is something you can do now to enhance your summer fun – improve your outlook on life with LASIK Vision Correction!  Winter is always our busiest time for LASIK because this is a procedure for active people, not couch potatoes.  Most prefer to take advantage of this down time to finally get free of their contacts and glasses.

We now exclusively utilize the all-laser Wavelight blade-free LASIK system.  They are the fastest lasers available in the US for refractive surgery and the most precise. The first laser, that makes the tiny flap on the surface of the eye, takes only 6 seconds.  The second laser, that contours the shape of your eyes to improve your vision, is also 50% quicker that the older technologies.  This means less time you need to stay still under the laser and quicker healing. The improvement in vision, especially for those with more extreme prescriptions, is quite evident.

Patients love the improved comfort and potential to see even better than they did with glasses or contacts. I appreciate the precise automation with the smallest laser spot size in the industry and fastest eye tracking system available:  20 times faster than natural eye movements!

Don’t just dream of summer, have LASIK now so when it does arrive you will be ready to fully embrace it.  Get started by calling for your complementary LASIK screening exam today to determine if LASIK is for you.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) with Madison Medical Eye Care.  She specializes in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. She practices with Drs. Mark German & James Ivanoski with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


GET OFF THE COUCH AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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January 12, 2018

Winter is upon us but don’t take that as an excuse to hibernate! Staying active has been shown in a recent study to decrease your chances of developing macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is an aging change affecting the back of your eye. It is the leading cause of legal blindness for those over age 65 years of age. Previously known risk factors include age, smoking, ultraviolet exposure (not wearing sunglasses) and a diet deficient in leafy green vegetables.

The recent study about physical activity and macular degeneration was published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology. The authors looked at scientific articles published through May of 2015 which, in total, involved almost 70,000 patients. The conclusion was that physical activity was protective against developing macular degeneration.  Those with a high level of exercise were at an 8% lower risk of developing mild or “dry” macular degeneration compared to their sedentary cohorts.  The difference was even greater for severe or “wet” macular degeneration. There was a 41% lower risk of developing this type of macular degeneration in the active patients compared to those with a low activity level.

Whether it is going for a walk, joining a gym, participating in a SilverSneakers program or whatever works for you – get off the couch and get moving! Not only will you potentially improve you vision but it will help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent muscle loss and even improve your mood.

While you are at it, don’t forget to treat your eyes to a complete eye examination at least every 1 to 2 years. If you have diabetes, we suggest yearly. If you have glaucoma, we normally recommend that we see you at least twice yearly.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist practicing at Madison Medical Eye Care with Drs. Mark German and James Ivanoski. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


LAKESHORE EYE CARE HAS JOINED MADISON MEDICAL AFFILIATES! By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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December 22, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that as of the first of the year, all the doctors and staff of Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C. have joined Madison Medical Affiliates, Inc.!   Not to worry, very little will change as far as your patient experience is concerned.  We will remain in both our Mequon and Saukville offices, our phone numbers will be unchanged and, most importantly, we will continue to provide you with the most advanced medical and surgical eye care available.

Why did we make the change and why now? For more than 25 years we have maintained a very successful independent practice but the time seemed right to expand.  The trend in health care today is towards consolidation and we did not want to be left behind.

For over 100 years, the doctors at Madison Medical have been providing high quality health care in the Milwaukee area. They now have more than 50 physicians in 12 specialties and, with our addition, 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.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

All three of our doctors (Dr. Mark German, Dr. James Ivanoski and myself) are thrilled about our new association with this prestigious medical group. We are very grateful to you, our patients, for your tremendous support over the years and look forward to a great 2018 and beyond.  Remember that we still welcome patients of all ages into our practice and accept most insurance plans.  See you soon!

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


ALLERGIES AFFECTING YOUR EYES? ADD MANDARIN ORANGE YOGURT TO YOUR BREAKFAST! By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsinl

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December 5, 2017

The saying goes that “you are what you eat” so it’s not surprising that many studies look at how diet affects medical conditions. A recent paper published in the “Journal of Investigative Ophthalmology” did just that with allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is that problem with the red, irritated eyes affecting many people especially in the spring and the fall.  Specifically, the study found that including mandarin orange yogurt in the diet helped control those annoying symptoms.

The study involved patients who were known to be allergic to cedar pollen.  Different concentrations of the pollen extract were put in the eyes of these brave volunteers and the effects on the eyes measured. Then they consumed mandarin orange yogurt daily for two weeks and returned to repeat the pollen testing.  All patients showed a decrease in redness, itching and irritation when the pollen extract was placed in the eyes after their 2 weeks of yogurt use.

Why might this occur? The oranges contain nobiletin and the yogurt contains beta-lactoglobulin. Together they are thought to inhibit histamines which are the major component of allergic responses.  You may want to store away this important information for next spring if you only have seasonal allergies but for those with year-round problems, this is news you can use right away.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

What else can you do for allergic eye problems? Wash around your eyes with mild soap, try over-the-counter anti-histamine drops and or call us about stronger prescription drops. We are here to help.

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. She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin with Drs. Mark German and James Ivanoski.

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


CAN YOU BE AN EYE TECH? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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October 30, 2017

Do you have what it takes to become an ophthalmic or optometric technician?  Are you a "people person" who enjoys learning? Do you have some experience in healthcare? Are you looking for a well-paying job with benefits? Then maybe this is the career move you have been looking for.

Our technicians begin your eye examination and do a number of eye tests before you see the doctor. They measure your current glasses, do an initial check of your glasses prescription to see if your vision can be improved, check your eye pressure and put eye drops in along with a number of other activities.  They assist our ophthalmologist and optometrists every step of the way.

We provide continuing education to obtain certification from JCAHPO which stand for the "Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology" - now you know why we abbreviate it! There are some degree programs for this field but most eye technicians started with on-the-job training and continued on to take outside courses for certification.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

This is an interesting and challenging career for someone looking to expand their horizons. Optometry and ophthalmology are ever changing fields so the job never gets stale. If you think this may be the job for you, contact our office manager Linda at Lknapp@LakeShoreVision.com with your resume and a brief letter describing why you think you would make a good eye technician.  And if there are any experienced ophthalmic or optometric techs out there, we'd love to hear from you also!

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

 


ASTIGMATISM EXPLAINED By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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September 28, 2017

Astigmatism refers to the curvature of the surface of your eye.  If your eye is round like a baseball, you do not have astigmatism and can quit reading now!  But if the front of your eye has a curvature, making it shaped more like a football than a baseball, then you have astigmatism.

Generally patients don’t realize they have astigmatism.  We may mention it when we determine your glasses prescription but often we just write the prescription to compensate for it.

Serious discussions of astigmatism generally start when a patient is considering cataract surgery, LASIK vision correction or contact lenses.  There are special Toric contacts available for those with astigmatism and often they work quite well.  Many, however, find that toric contacts don’t provide consistent vision as they tend to rotate on the eye with blinking.

There is a common misconception that you cannot have LASIK if you have astigmatism but this is absolutely not true.  In fact this is actually a frequent reason for patients to elect to have LASIK as they are unhappy with their vision in glasses or contact lenses.

If you have astigmatism and cataracts, we can insert Toric implants at the time of surgery to improve your vision. More recently, Bifocal Toric implants have become available, now making bifocal implants an option for those with astigmatism.

Still confused?  Call for a complete eye examination and we will determine if you have significant astigmatism and how best to compensate for it.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing 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.LakeShoreVision.com.

 


iSTENT: NEW SURGICAL OPTION FOR GLAUCOMA By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsino,

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August 28, 2017

iStent

If you have glaucoma and cataracts, there is a new surgical option to tackle both at the time of your cataract surgery called the iStent. This tiny device (1 mm by 0.3 mm) helps control your eye pressure by increasing the outflow of fluid from the front of the eye. The eye is like a small plumbing system: there is fluid constantly entering the eye from behind the pupil and leaving it through a sponge-like meshwork at the edges of the eye in front of the colored iris. By placing the iStent, we bypass this meshwork, allowing the fluid to leave more quickly and with the goal of decreasing eye pressure.

The iStent is part of a new type of glaucoma care called Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery or MIGS.   In the past glaucoma was mainly managed with eye drops, lasers or extensive surgery. This new option is less traumatic to the eye than traditional glaucoma surgery but does need to be done at the time of cataract surgery. Once the cataract procedure is completed and the lens implant in place, we then turn the patient’s head to one side and insert the iStent. You cannot see or feel the stent.

How do you know if the iStent is an option for you?  We will discuss this in more detail at your next eye examination but generally your glaucoma must be mild or moderate. If you have severe glaucoma, for example taking multiple medications for this or have significant vision loss, then other surgical options will be discussed.  If you have already had cataract surgery or your cataracts are not ready yet for surgery, you also would not be a candidate for the iStent at this time.

Regardless of the treatment for glaucoma, close follow-up is important to be sure this condition is well controlled. That generally means seeing you at least every 6 months: one visit with dilating drops and the other with the side vision test along with the scan of the back of the eye. We look forward to sharing this new innovation in glaucoma care with you in the near future.

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 such as glaucoma care, cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


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

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August 25, 2017

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.

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

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.

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 F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who has been a leader in refractive surgery in the Milwaukee area for more than 20 years. She was the first doctor in the area to use a laser for vision correction and has continuously offered the most advanced eye care available.  She welcomes patients of all ages into her practice and accepts most insurance plans.

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


25 years in Practice! By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 27, 2017

What happened? It seems like yesterday that I began practicing medical and surgical eye care in Ozaukee County.  I was fresh from my residency in Ophthalmology at Northwestern University in Chicago and St. Mary’s Hospital was soon to relocate to Mequon from Port Washington. The community appeared to be just the right place to make my start.

The tiny 500 square foot office in Mequon was where it all began. We had two examination rooms and one employee besides myself.  I really did not know very many people in the area, besides my husband's colleagues at UWM, but patients started coming in.  It has been gratifying since then to get to know so many wonderful people in Ozaukee County.  I have treated 3 or more generations of many families in the area: the kids for their first eye exam, their parents for LASIK and the grandparents for cataract surgery.  Now even those "kids" are young adults and are having LASIK themselves!

Now our practice has grown to 3 doctors and two offices (both considerably larger than 500 square feet).  The commitment to excellence in patient care that was the cornerstone of my success at the onset is ever-present.  We continue to offer the newest and best medical and surgical eye care available.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

If you haven't gotten to know me or my staff yet, we would love the opportunity to show you what quality eye care is all about.  Our offices are in Mequon: 10320 N. Port Washington Road and in Saukville: 620 E. Green Bay Ave (Conservancy Court).

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) who practices with Drs. Mark German & James Ivanoski at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals.  She specializes in small-incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK.

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

 


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