Dr. Martha Jay’s Blogs

YOUR LAST EYE EXAM WAS WHEN?? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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January 30, 2017

You probably see your primary care doctor at least every 1-2 years, you most likely visit the dentist every 6-12 months, even your car gets frequent servicing but what about your eyes? Many have the attitude that they do not need an eye examination unless they have blurred vision. Even then they may avoid us when they reach their 40’s and their ‘arms get too short” – they simply pick up a pair of “cheaters” at the drug store and go about their way.

What’s wrong with this picture? There is more to an eye exam than just checking to see if you need glasses. The big risk is glaucoma which is a leading cause of blindness and vision loss. Unfortunately glaucoma has no symptoms until you have lost about 40% of your vision. Treatment can then start but only to arrest the vision loss, not to bring back what has been lost. Just in the last few months I have seen two patients with significant vision loss from glaucoma – both had neglected having regular eye care for a number of years.

Those who have had refractive surgery like LASIK are particularly at risk. This is because their eye pressure appears lower than it really is due to the thinning of the cornea from LASIK. We measure eye pressure by pushing on the eye with a tiny device, if the cornea is thin then the eye pressure appears lower than it really is. They only way to adequately evaluate a patient for glaucoma is with a comprehensive dilated eye exam by a trained professional.

Our three doctors in both our Ozaukee County locations are here to help. Call today if you have been neglecting your eyes. Also spread the word to family and friends as they may not be aware of the importance of regular eye care. Realize that glaucoma is generally treated with just eye drops once the diagnosis is made and early detection is the key to preserving your vision into the future. See you soon!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Drs. Mark German & James Ivanoski 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.


PRE-ECLAMPSIA RELATED TO RETINAL DETACHMENTS LATER IN LIFE

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January 11, 2017

Click on the image to the left for a link to a New York Times articles reporting on a recent study linking pre-eclampsia during pregnancy to eye problems, such as retinal detachments, and other medical problems later in life.


WINTER IS LASIK SEASON By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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January 10, 2017

January 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 have been using our new Wavelight blade-free LASIK laser system for a little over a year now and have been very impressed with the results. The lasers are not just faster than prior technology, they are also more precise. The improvement in vision, especially for those with more extreme prescriptions, is even better than before. They also open up LASIK to many who may not have been candidates in the past because they can treat the widest range of prescriptions of any laser available.
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!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

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 Jay is a board certified Eye Physician and Surgeon specializing in LASIK Vision Correction and small incision cataract surgery.

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


WHY ARE CORNEAL ABRASIONS SO PAINFUL? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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January 2, 2017
This may have happened to you: A sudden onset of intense pain in one eye, light sensitivity and copious tearing. It may even feel like there is something in your eye. You go in for an evaluation with your eye care professional and find out that you have a tiny scratch on the surface of your eye. Why should such a tiny injury hurt so much? The answer is that the cornea, or clear part of the front of your eye, has the highest density of sensory nerve fibers of any part of the body. The pain from a huge abrasion may not feel that much worse than a little scratch. The pain will persist until the injury has become initially healed.
The cornea is a layered structure. The outer layer is called the epithelium and this is the layer that is usually affected by an abrasion. Abrasions can be caused by dryness, accidental injury (baby fingernails are a common culprit), removing a contact lens too roughly or from a small particle flying in your eye. We generally treat them with lubrication in the form of artificial tears and antibiotic drops to prevent infection. We usually recommend NOT wearing contact lenses until the injury has healed. An exception would be if the abrasion is particularly large, then a bandage contact lens may be applied and left on day and night for several days.
Once the pain resolves, you are still not completely healed as the surface epithelium has to lay “footplates” down to the layer below. This can take up to 6 weeks so eye rubbing is strictly forbidden during that time or you risk the problems starting all over again. Most abrasions heal well but can be quite miserable in the meantime. Remember we are here to help should this happen to you.
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’S NEW IN GLAUCOMA TREATMENT? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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November 28, 2016

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and is generally managed with eye drops. Now there is good news for those of you who are contemplating cataract surgery and also have glaucoma: The iStent. This tiny device can be placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery to better control eye pressure. The eye is like a tiny plumbing system.  There is a small amount of fluid constantly entering the eye from behind the pupil and then leaving it at the edges of the eye, in front of the colored iris. This fluid is called “aqueous humour” and it is completely replenished every one to two hours.

Eye drops are the most common treatment for glaucoma. The eye drops either decrease how fast the fluid enters the eye or increase how quickly it leaves. Common eye drops that decrease the inflow are Timolol, Brimonidine and Dorzolamide. The most commonly prescribed eye drop that increases the outflow is Latanoprost.  The iStent is a tiny tube (measuring only 1 mm by 0.3 mm) that is placed in front of the iris at the edge of the eye to allow the aqueous humour to leave faster. It is the smallest implantable device in medicine.

The iStent can only be placed at the time of cataract surgery so you need to have both cataracts and mild to moderate glaucoma. If your glaucoma is very severe, you might need more extensive surgery than the iStent provides. It is made of titanium and is not magnetic so won’t interfere with your ability to have a MRI later in life.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Sounds confusing? We can talk about this more at your next eye examination. The goal of the iStent is to get you off some or all of your glaucoma medications. In the meantime, keep taking your drops as we have prescribed them and continue to have regular follow-up examinations.

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


HALLOWEEN EYE HAZARDS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

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October 17, 2016

Halloween is such a great time of the year…the beautiful fall colors, the crispness in the air, the endless candy supply and of course the cute children in the Halloween costumes.  However, with all the fun, there could be some potential eye hazards that are important to be aware of.

A popular costume trend of late is the decorative contact lens. Because people can buy them over the counter or on the internet, it is believed that a contact lens fitting or proper care is not necessary. This is WRONG.  Unfortunately, these “one size fits all” novelty contacts are not professionally fitted and could cause pain, infections, scratches or even permanent corneal scarring and vision loss.  It is important to realize that these costume products are being sold illegally and are not FDA-approved. By federal law ALL contact lenses are considered to be a medical device, only to be distributed by licensed eye-care professionals after determining the proper fit and prescription.

Other Halloween activities can also lead to eye injuries.  Unfortunately, what may seem like a harmless traditional game, like apple bobbing, could lead to scratches on the surface of the eye and infections from dirty water.  Lanterns and glow sticks can also cause dangerous but avoidable accidents. Hitting the edge of a lantern may lead to a corneal abrasion or the chemicals within a broken glow stick could damage the eye.

This holiday just take a little bit of extra care while having fun!  Happy Halloween from all of us at Lakeshore Eye Care!

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) specializing in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.


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

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September 19, 2016

Did you just spend another summer annoyed with your contacts and glasses?  Have you been considering LASIK but are not sure how to fit it into your budget?  If that sounds like you, 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 such as 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 deadline.

Even if one of these plans is not an option for you, LASIK actually saves you money compared to staying in contacts and glasses. You may not realize it but those expenses add up: If you are now 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. That’s why a LASIK screening exam is critical before committing Flex funds for coming year. This complimentary evaluation involves critical measurements of your vision and your eyes to determine if LASIK is right for you.  You’ll learn a lot about LASIK and have a chance to get acquainted with our great team at Lakeshore Eye Care.

Improve your outlook on life in 2017 by calling today to arrange your no-pressure LASIK screening exam.  See you soon.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a pioneer in laser refractive surgery in the Milwaukee area, being the first doctor in the area to utilize a laser for this purpose.  She now exclusively uses the WaveLight blade-free LASIK system: the fastest laser available anywhere for LASIK vision correction.  In just seconds, you can improve your vision and say goodbye to those annoying contacts!

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

 


I’M A GLAUCOMA “SUSPECT” – WHAT’S THAT? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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August 12, 2016

Have you been told that you are a glaucoma suspect? Have you wondered “What is it, do I or do I not have glaucoma?”  Unfortunately the diagnosis of glaucoma is not cut and dry. There is a grey area which occurs when some aspects of your examination are suggestive of glaucoma but you do not actually have the condition.  Those in that situation are considered glaucoma suspects.

What we are monitoring are your eye pressure, the appearance of the optic nerve in the back of the eye and your side vision. The optic nerve looks like a saucer with an inside part and an outside part. The inside part in a “normal” patient is generally 30% or less than the outside part and stable over time. Your eye pressure should generally be less than 21 mm Hg.  If either an optic nerve problem is noted or an elevated eye pressure detected, further testing may be indicated.

By further testing, we generally mean the visual field computer test. You look   into a large dish and push a button when you see a small light. This measures just how bright lights have to be for you to see them in all parts of your side vision. This test is important as glaucoma vision loss starts in the periphery and it does not become apparent to patients until they have lost up to 40%.

If we do decide that you have converted from a glaucoma suspect to an actual glaucoma patient, the condition is easily treated generally with eye drops.  Does that make more sense to you “suspects” out there?  We know that the visual field tests are not particularly popular but, as noted above, they are critical for glaucoma monitoring.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) who specializes in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.

 


TIPS FOR HEALTHY EYES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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June 27, 2016

There is a tendency to not really think about your eyes unless you have a problem such as pain or blurred vision. Most people, frankly, take better care of their car than their eyes! They take the car in for regular servicing for preventative maintenance and repair problems as they occur. Your eyes don’t ask much, just be treated kindly, and in return they provide you with a window into the world.

The most important gifts you can give your eyes are: wearing sunglasses outside, not smoking and having a healthy diet.  The sunglasses block the UVA and UVB radiation that can damage the retina and promote cataracts. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss for those over 65 years-old and there is a clear link between ultraviolet exposure and this condition. There are two types of macular degeneration, the dry and the wet. Smoking increases your chances of developing the more severe, wet type. A diet with plenty of leafy green vegetables is also helpful in preventing macular degeneration. These are lifetime habits that protect you most precious sense, your vision.

Dr. Martha F. Jay

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

Just as your car needs servicing, your eyes need a thorough evaluation every one to two years. The purpose is not just to be sure you have the best possible glasses and contact lens prescription, it is also to be sure your eyes are healthy. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and has no symptoms until it is quite severe. If detected early during an eye examination, preserving your vision is a simple as taking an eye drop daily.

SEE you soon!

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


NEW ARRIVAL AT COLUMBIA-ST. MARY’S: NEW OPERATING MICROSCOPE By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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April 26, 2016

It has arrived: A fabulous new operating microscope at Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon for eye surgery!  I started using the new Zeiss Lumera 700 microscope last month and could not be more pleased.  Now only does the eye appear clearer through the new microscope but the unit is fully integrated for ease of use.

The Lumera has a special lighting system that highlights every detail of the eye, kind of like going from a regular to a high definition view. It also has a wider depth of focusing so I can see different parts in the eye all at once without refocusing. The result is a safer procedure and a happier doctor, what’s not to like?

As if those key attributes were not enough, now we have a monitor in the room so the operating room staff can know how the surgery is proceeding. While all microscopes have a foot pedal controls the lighting and focusing, the one for Lumera has many other programmable functions to suite each individual doctor. All that and no annoying wires – it runs on Bluetooth.

Cataract surgery may be a quick procedure but it involves many small steps. When I can see better and don’t have to take the time to keep refocusing, I can concentrate of what matters: achieving the best possible outcome for my patients.

So thank you Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital! We already have the best cataract machine there (the Alcon Centurion) and now the state-of-the art operating microscope. Their commitment to excellence in eye care is much appreciated.

For more information about cataract symptoms and surgical options, call for an appointment or visit our web site. It is not your grandmother’s procedure.

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 small incision cataract surgery and LASIK vision correction.

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


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