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New Surgical option for Glaucoma the iStent By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 21, 2017

iStent

Do you have glaucoma and cataracts? Perhaps you are a candidate for placement of an iStent at the time of your cataract surgery. Click on the image to the right for an informative video about this new innovation.  This is the smallest implantable device in medicine as you can see with it's comparison to the size of a penny. We can discuss if the iStent is an option for you at your next eye examination.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery and blade-free LASIK.

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


WHAT HAPPENS ON LASIK DAY? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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July 10, 2017

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Admit it, you are interested in having LASIK done but are worried about going through the actual procedure.  Fear no more, read below to see how easy it is.

I meet you at the laser center in Brookfield. You have brought along a driver for getting home afterwards. We give you a mild oral sedative (Ativan) to relax you. The intake nurse explains what to do when you get home (take a nap, start eye drops). Once in the laser suite, you lay down on your back between the two lasers.

For the first laser, you look into a dark tunnel and then feel a slight pressure sensation. The laser takes 6 seconds to generate the flap on the surface of your eye. We do the right eye first and then the left. While this pressure is not too tough to tolerate, it’s as bad as it gets. From then on you are home free.

For the second laser, you look at a tiny blinking green light while I gently retract the small flap and apply the laser to the surface of the eye. This laser runs a different durations depending on your prescription but generally about 30 seconds. I then reposition the flap and dry it in place for 30 seconds.

You sit up and can already see the clock at the end of the room but you vision is still slightly cloudy. You go home and take a nap, with the aid of an Ambien sleeping pill. When you wake up your vision is even better and this again happens the next morning. Most (90%) of the vision improvement occurs in the first day. There is a slower improvement over the next week. Most patients can easily drive themselves to their appointment the next day.

Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? What are you waiting for? See you soon.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in blade-free LASIK and small incision cataract surgery.

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


WHAT’S CATARACT SURGERY LIKE? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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June 7, 2017

What exactly happens during cataract surgery? Many with cataracts are afraid to have the surgery because they don’t really know what it would be like. Just

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the word “surgery” scares them. It brings to mind pain, long recovery and time off from your favorite activities. Nothing could be farther from the truth with cataract surgery.

Modern cataract surgery is done without shots, stitches or patches. It takes only about 10 to 15 minutes. We use only mild I.V. sedation to relax you. You don’t feel anything because there are numbing drops applied to the surface of the eye. Afterwards, you look pretty much the way you did on the way in: no patch over the eye, no black and blue bruising. We recommend that you take 2 days off your regular activities, one for the actual procedure and the next day to allow your vision to settle. Then the only restrictions are no eye make-up, swimming or pushing on the eye for 2 weeks.

On the day of surgery, you change into a hospital gown and then an I.V. is started. Once in the operating room you look at a bright light. There IS NO PAIN. You may see pretty colors from a prism like effect of the lens as we remove it and replace it with a tiny plastic implant. About 30 minutes after the procedure, you go home or even out to lunch. You do need a ride as some of the sedation may still be in effect but you won’t need extra help at home.

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So, breath-in and breath-out, cataracts surgery is generally a quick and easy. It is the most common operation in America and patients are thrilled with the results. If every procedure worked as well as cataract surgery, the world would be a much better place!

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


9 Ways That Dry Eyes May Interupt Your Life - BUZZ FEED Article

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May 30, 2017

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

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April 27, 2017

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 2-3 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.

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, clear vision is just a quick laser away.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK Vision Correction. She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


“CAN I BEND OVER AFTER CATARACT SURGERY?” By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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April 10, 2017

This has got to be the most common question I hear from cataract patients. Their sister, neighbor or friend at church told them, “Be sure you don’t bend over after your cataract surgery.” We give out specific written instructions after cataract surgery that NEVER mention a bending restriction but this question persists. Where did it come from and why won’t it go away?

The where it came from is easy: in the past (more than 20 years ago) cataract surgery involved making a very large incision that was almost 180 degrees across the top of the eye. While there are some surgeons who have STILL not adapted the newer techniques, 99% make a very small incision (only 2.4 mm in my case). When the incision was much larger, bending over during the healing process put stress on that large incision and the many sutures required to close it.

Modern cataract surgery is generally done without stitches, patches or shots. That means that the restrictions after surgery are different too. For my patients I have only have 4 rules (besides what you do with the eye drops) for the first two weeks after cataract surgery: 1) no pushing on the eye, 2) no eye makeup, 3) no swimming and 4) do wear a plastic shield over the eye at night.

This only applies to my patients. Be sure that if you are having surgery with another ophthalmologist that you follow their instructions. That is good advice for any type of medical procedure, the instructions are intended help you have the best possible outcome. Now you can help me make this myth go away: be sure to read your post-operative instructions but don’t read too much into them!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in 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 PATIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT LASIK VISION CORRECTION WITH DR. MARTHA JAY AT LAKESHORE EYE CARE PROFESSIONALS WITH OFFICES IN MEQUON & SAUKVILLE, WISCONSIN

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March 15, 2017

From Lori, Veterinary Technician & Skin Care Consultant: "I could not be happier. My vision is better than ever! I love having great vision. Prior

Lori, Veterinary Technician & Skin Care Consultant

to the surgery I was worried because I would be having the mono-vision procedure (one eye for seeing close up and the other for seeing far away). My vision is great for distance, reading, computer, work...this is the best thing I have ever done for myself! :) Dr. Jay and her staff came highly recommended by people I know - they have exceeded my expectations. What are you waiting for? Do it! I couldn't be happier with my results."

Lori had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Michael, LASIK Patient

From Michael, LASIK patient: "From the moment after the procedure to my first round of "glasses-free" golf, it has been wonderful. I'm so glad a friend referred me to Dr. Jay.  Great staff and informative. No question or expectation was left unanswered or not met. 30+ hears with glasses - I have never seen such crisp colors or sharper images like I can now. Less than 10 seconds per eye and my world has changed. I had been thinking of doing this for at least 15 years, can't believe I waited so long."

Michael had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay

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Amy, Narrator/Voice Talent

From Amy, Narrator/Voice Talent: "I am very happy with my results and Lakeshore Eye Care certainly met my expectations. If you are considering LASIK, I'd say DO IT NOW - don't wait any longer! It changes you life - minimal discomfort for maximum awesomeness!"

Amy had PRK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Travis, Financial Advisor

From Travis, Financial Advisor: "I am very satisfied with the results of the procedure. The recovery time was much quicker than I anticipated. Lakeshore Eye Care exceeded my expectations. Everyone was very professional and knowledgeable. I would let anyone interested in LASIK at Lakeshore Eye Care to know that the initial consultation is done at no cost and that they are very transparent about their fees. If you are looking for a high quality experience, this will be the place to learn about your options. "

Travis had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Dyla, Personal Assistant to Real Estate Broker

From Dyla, Personal Assistant to Real Estate Broker: "It's a scary thought at first thinking of them making an incision on your eyeball, but I could not believe how quick and painless it all was! Dr. Jay and her team are so efficient and comforting and pleasant through the whole process. It met and exceeded my expectations. I never had an ounce of pain during or after the surgery! It really is a comfortable experience. And you can literally see 20/20 seconds after your surgery! Do it! By far the best decision I ever made. I feel so free now no longer being a slave to contacts and glasses. It may be a higher expense upfront, but you'll save money and so much more in the end!"

Dyla had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Cynthia, Student/Cashier

From Cynthia, Student/Cashier: "I do not need anything to correct my vision anymore. It feels great to see clearly on my own! I had all the info I needed to make a decision to go ahead with LASIK. The whole process was quick, painless and gave good results! If LASIK is something you've been considering, Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals can answer any questions you may have.  If surgery is what you decide, I am sure the results will be beyond expectations."

Cynthia had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Brandon, Youth Ministry Coordinator

From Brandon, Youth Ministry Coordinator: "The surgery was painless! The entire process was easy and Dr. Jay and staff took great care to be sure I understood the process and was comfortable. The process was straightforward and caring - and now I can see! Do it! As a 20+ year glasses/contacts wearer the new level of comfort and convenience is wonderful. Process is easy!"

Brandon had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

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Tracy, Teacher

From Tracy, Teacher: "The LASIK procedure was quick, painless and with almost immediate results. The experience absolutely met or exceeded my expectations.  I expected for the recovery to take much longer but was pleasantly surprised how fast I recovered in less than a day. I would highly recommend LASIK vision correction to anyone. I wish I would have done it years ago."

Tracy had LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay.

 

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For more information about LASIK vision correction with Dr. Martha Jay, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com

Offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.


BASEBALL VS FOOTBALL EYES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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March 9, 2017

Brewers Fans know that Opening Day is coming up early next month. What they may not know is that 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. The differences between the two determine 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 allow us to take advantage of more implant choices than previously 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 a Multi-focal implant that allows 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.

How can you tell if you have football or baseball eyes? How do you know which implant is best for you at the time of your cataract surgery? We will guide you through your available options during your cataract evaluation. Remember, you only have cataract surgery once so it is important to consider all the possibilities. Your choice will have an impact on how you see for the rest of your life.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK, glaucoma care, macular degeneration management, dry eye treatment and more. She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


SLEEP APNEA AND MACULAR DEGENERATION By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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February 20, 2017

While it has long been known that there is an association between smoking and “wet” macular degeneration, it now appears that there is also a link between sleep apnea and macular degeneration. Presumably the mechanism is the same: decreased oxygen reaching the delicate retinal tissues in the back of the eye. The result is blurred or distorted central vision.

The study was reported in the British Journal of Ophthalmology last month. They followed almost 70,000 patients who were hospitalized in England between 1999 and 2011. The two eye problems they looked at were glaucoma and macular degeneration. While they found no increased risk for developing glaucoma in those with sleep apnea, they did find a 44% increased risk for developing macular degeneration. The glaucoma finding is somewhat surprising as a previous study in Japan did find that sleep apnea was associated with glaucoma.

There is a tendency to think of each part of your body as independent but they all work in consort. For healthy eyes you also need well controlled blood pressure and blood sugars. A healthy heart and lungs are critical as well. Being overweight is a main risk factor for sleep apnea but this is also associated with diabetes and high blood pressure.

What to do? See your doctor regularly and follow their instructions. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of leafy green vegetables and cut back of meat and carbohydrates. Exercise regularly, watch your weight. Be sure you take your medications as directed. Hate that C-Pap machine for sleep apnea? Talk to your doctor about modifications in the mask or other ways to give you the good night’s sleep you deserve and your retina the full dose of oxygen it requires. More questions? We’re here to help.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK vision correction.

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


TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH FOR BETTER EYE HEALTH By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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February 12, 2017

A recent study in the prestigious medical journal “Ophthalmology” showed a link between poor oral health and glaucoma. The study found that those who had lost a tooth in the last 2 years had a 45% increased risk for developing glaucoma. Even worse numbers were found for those who had lost a tooth in the last 2 years and still had active periodontal disease. Those in that group had an 85% increased risk for developing glaucoma.

What can explain this surprising finding? With poor oral health there is a decrease in the blood flow to the affected area which may also alter the blood flow the eyes, obviously located nearby. With treatment of periodontal disease the blood flow to the jaw area increases back to normal. Then presumably it also does so to the eyes. Treatment for periodontal disease has been shown to decrease glaucoma risk back to the normal incidence of 1% of the population.

Many patients are “doctor avoiders” and I suspect that those same people are also “dentist avoiders.” If this sounds like you or someone you know, bring this important study to their attention. We have long known that poor oral health is associated with heart disease, stroke, respiratory problems, dementia and diabetes. Now you can add eye health to the equation.

The type of glaucoma associated with periodontal disease is the more common “open angle” type which is generally treated with eye drops. It can only be diagnosed with a dilated eye examination. We need to measure your eye pressure and then get a good look at your optic nerve in the back of the eye. If either appear abnormal, then extra testing may be required. The key is early detection because once you lose vision from this condition we can only arrest the loss, not bring back what is gone.

For better health remember to brush, floss and visit both your dentist and eye doctor regularly!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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

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


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