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GIVE THANKS FOR GOOD VISION By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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November 7, 2019

Most of us pretty much take our vision for granted but maintaining good vision does take some effort on your part. You should be sure to have a complete eye examination with dilating drops at least every two years.  If you have diabetes, then you should come in every year.  We generally see glaucoma patients every six months.  Warning signs that would warrant an immediate eye examination include eye pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and loss of side vision or an increase in floaters.

You may have good vision but what about your relatives or neighbors?  If you are starting to think about holiday gifts, consider something that would make their lives easier.  They probably have enough “stuff” but might really benefit from a ride to the store, doctor’s appointment or just an outing for some fun.  There are options, although limited, to get around if you don’t drive in Ozaukee County.  But the loss of freedom is pretty distressing to many seniors who can no longer drive due to impaired vision or other medical problems.

The above is just something to reflect upon during the Thanksgiving holiday season.  And while you are at it, don’t forget to schedule those eye appointments for yourself and your family!  Remember that we provide advanced medical and surgical eye care for patients of all ages including complete eye examinations, contact lens fitting, LASIK vision correction and small incision cataract surgery. We are certainly thankful for all our wonderful patients at Madison Medical Eye Care and wish a joyous Thanksgiving holiday to one and all.

Dr. Lisa Bennett practices comprehensive ophthalmology at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski. She welcomes patients of all ages into her practice and accepts most insurance plans. Dr. Bennett specializes in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery, LASIK vision correction, macular degeneration, dry eyes, glaucoma and more.

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

 


CHECKING IN WITH DR. BENNETT By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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October 31, 2019

Where did the time go? I’ve now been part of the Madison Medical Eye Care team for almost 4 months! The staff in both our Mequon and Saukville offices, the operating room staff at Ascension Columbia-St. Mary’s Ozaukee and the LASIK center staff in Brookfield have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome.  Not to mention our wonderful patients who have trusted me with their eye care. Thank you one and all.

With all your help, I have settled in just fine. I was fortunate to have joined an established well-run practice with up-to-date equipment. In addition, Drs. Martha Jay and James Ivanoski have proven to be great colleagues.

As for the upcoming year of 2020, what eye care professional would not be excited about a year that signifies clear vision?  I hope to be part of your future to optimize your vision in the coming year.  Whether you have cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes or are considering LASIK vision correction, I am here to help.

Being part of the only full-time ophthalmology practice in Ozaukee County, we are all here for you with more acute eye problems also such as eye injuries, changing vision, increased floaters or eye pain.  If you are not sure if your problem needs immediate attention, our staff can assist you. Just call.

You might think I will not be able to take Wisconsin winters, having moved here from St. Louis, but fear not. I grew up in a Chicago suburb so I am more that prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us in the coming months.

So I look forward to meeting more of you in 2020. As an Ophthalmologist, I am a medical doctor (MD) specializing in medical and surgical eye care. I am now accepting patients in both our Mequon & Saukville offices.

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

 

 


WHY ARE CORNEAL ABRASIONS SO PAINFUL? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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October 30, 2019

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 the pain from a small 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. Lisa Bennett is an MD Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specialized 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.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.


SEEKING SIMPLICITY? CONSIDER LASIK By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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October 25, 2019

Life can be hectic with your attention is pulled in many directions like school, children, your job, other family responsibilities and much more. Wouldn’t it be nice to step back and simplify your life? Imagine adding a few minutes to each day. Imagine seeing naturally without the hassles and expense of contacts and glasses. Imagine finally getting around to having LASIK Vision Correction.

At Madison Medical Eye care we have consistently offered the safest and most precise refractive surgery procedures available anywhere and our Wavelight blade-free LASIK system is again just that. This pain-free procedure takes only seconds per step and is 50% faster than older technologies. There is no need to fear the metal blade at the beginning of the procedure as we exclusively use lasers for both steps of the procedure.

Once you decide to consider LASIK, what’s next? Your first decision is to select your LASIK surgeon. LASIK the definitely not same everywhere you go.  What varies is the technology employed, the experience of the doctor and the amount of time you actually spend with the doctor. Beware of ridiculously low prices as that usually means the use of a metal blade at the start of the procedure.  Also beware of high pressure sales pitches which indicate that you are just a LASIK sales quota, not a patient.

Interested in LASIK?  Call for your free, no-pressure screening exam to determine if you are a candidate for this life changing procedure. You will soon find that LASIK with Madison Medical Eye Care is a step above other options. Simplify your life using the most advanced technology available and a local doctor you can trust.

Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Lisa Bennett are Ophthalmologists at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. Both specialized 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.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.


WHAT IS A STYE? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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October 10, 2019

A stye (also spelled "sty") is a red, tender bump on the eyelid. The medical term for the condition is hordeolum. It develops when one or more glands at the edge of the eyelid become infected. 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. The glands around the eyelid that are affected are called meibominan glands which are sebaceous glands, otherwise known as sweat glands.  Styes are more common in people with rosacea, a skin condition with overactive sebaceous glands.

A stye results from an acute infection of these meibomian glands or may 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.

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 for use around the eyes may also be necessary along with occasional use of oral antibiotics.  The stye may rupture and drain, resulting in quicker healing.  If not, occasionally lancing in the office is required. Once they resolve, it is important to continue the baby shampoo lid scrubs so they do not return.

Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Eye Physician & Surgeon (Ophthalmologist) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. She practices with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


WHAT IS CATARACT REALLY SURGERY LIKE? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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September 27, 2019

Have you been delaying having cataract surgery because you are apprehensive about what the experience may be like? Does just the word “surgery” scare you? Does it bring to mind pain, long recovery and time off from your favorite activities? Fear not, nothing could be farther from the truth with cataract surgery these days.

We do cataract surgery generally without shots, stitches or patches and the whole procedure takes only 10-15 minutes. We use mild I.V. sedation to relax you and numbing drops on the surface of the eye to prevent pain. Afterwards, you look pretty much the way you did on the way in: no patch over the eye, no black and blue bruising. You should take 2 days off your regular activities, one for the actual procedure and the next day to allow your vision to settle down. Then the only restrictions then are to avoid eye make-up, swimming or pushing on the eye for 2 weeks.

On the day of surgery, you change into a hospital gown and an I.V. is started. Once in the operating room, your job is to look at a bright light. You may see pretty colors like a prism as we remove your natural lens 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.

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

Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. She specializes in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK.

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


CATARACT SURGERY IMPROVES YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care in Mequon/Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
September 20, 2019

When you think of cataract surgery, generally the visual change that comes to mind is an improvement in clarity but there are other added benefits: you color vision improves also. Cataracts cause the lens inside your eye to turn a yellow/brown. This makes blues look darker and whites to have a yellowed appearance. Before surgery this is not very noticeable as the change is quite gradual. When we do cataract surgery, we replace the yellowed natural lens with a clear plastic implant. Then, overnight, blues appear more vivid and whites whiter!  Since we operate on one eye at a time, the color perception difference between eyes is noticeable while waiting for the second eye to have surgery. Once both eyes have the implants, however, the world looks not only clearer but more colorful too!

How do you know if you have cataracts? Generally the symptoms include blurred distance vision, especially for driving at night. Sometimes you see glare or halos around lights. The actual diagnosis has to be made by your eye doctor after a complete, dilated eye examination. There are many other possible sources of blurred vision.  Some are minor and others are more serious. You could just need an adjustment in your glasses prescription or you could have a problem with your retina such as macular degeneration.

To get started on improving your outlook on life, schedule an eye examination and we will determine how to make you see as well as possible. Should your problem be cataracts, the surgery takes only 10-15 minutes and nowadays you generally don’t have to bother with shots, stitches or patches. See you soon!

Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Eye Physician & Surgeon (Ophthalmologist) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK, glaucoma treatments, macular degeneration care, dry eye management and more. She practices at Madison Medical Eye Care with Drs. Martha Jay and James Ivanoski. They have offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

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


IS YOUR EYE PROBLEM AN EMERGENCY? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care - Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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September 19, 2019

You know that you should have your eyes examined every one to two years or more frequently if you have active eye problems such as glaucoma.  More questionable is when you should be seen right away, in other words what constitutes an eye emergency.

Sudden vision loss or decreased vision in one or both eyes is definitely an eye emergency.  Loss of vision may include:  a total blacking out of vision, missing a portion of vision (like the entire right side being gone), having a curtain come down across the vision and/or sudden blurred vision that is not resolving.  Any sudden loss of vision should be evaluated promptly to determine the cause and possible treatment.

New onset double vision should also be evaluated promptly, especially if it goes away when you cover one eye.  This may be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that affect the brain.

Any trauma to the eyes should always be seen as soon as possible.  Any chemicals that get in the eye should be rinsed out copiously with water for 15-30 minutes even before coming in. Injuries that cause a lot of eye pain, light sensitivity, double vision or decreased vision should be evaluated right away.

Red eyes and associated significant pain, light sensitivity or decreased vision should be seen quickly.  Some eye infections or inflammations can cause permanent vision loss if not treated promptly.

Our staff is very good at determining what constitutes an eye emergency. Give us a call if you have any doubts about whether you eye problem is an emergency and we will be sure that you get the care you need in a timely manner.

Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Eye Physician & Surgeon (Ophthalmologist) specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. 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.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.

 


WHAT IS CATARACT REALLY SURGERY LIKE? By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madision Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
September 16, 2019

Have you been delaying having cataract surgery because you are apprehensive about what the experience may be like? Does just the word “surgery” scare you? Does it bring to mind pain, long recovery and time off from your favorite activities? Fear not, nothing could be farther from the truth with cataract surgery these days.

We do cataract surgery generally without shots, stitches or patches and the whole procedure takes only 10-15 minutes. We use mild I.V. sedation to relax you and numbing drops on the surface of the eye to prevent pain. Afterwards, you look pretty much the way you did on the way in: no patch over the eye, no black and blue bruising. You should take 2 days off your regular activities, one for the actual procedure and the next day to allow your vision to settle down. Then the only restrictions then are to avoid eye make-up, swimming or pushing on the eye for 2 weeks.

On the day of surgery, you change into a hospital gown and an I.V. is started. Once in the operating room, your job is to look at a bright light. You may see pretty colors like a prism as we remove your natural lens 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.

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

Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing at Madison Medical Eye Care with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. James Ivanoski. She manages medical and surgical eye conditions such as cataracts, LASIK vision correction, glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes and more.

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


HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CATARACTS ARE “RIPE” By Dr. Lisa Bennett, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with officies in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By user-admin
August 14, 2019

We get this question about whether a patient’s cataracts are “ripe” on a frequent basis. You too may be wondering about where this comes from and what it means. It is really a holdover from the way cataracts where done in the distant past, back 20 plus years ago. At that time cataract surgery consisted of making a large, almost 180 degree incision along the top part of the eye. The cloudy lens was then gently pushed out of the eye. If it was too soft, or “not ripe,” then it was difficult to remove in one piece.

Thankfully those days are long gone along with the shots around the eye and the patch worn afterwards. Today’s cataract surgery involves a small 2.4 mm incision. The lens is liquefied with sound waves and gently removed with a tiny aspiration probe. Instead of taking up to an hour, it is more like a 10 to 15 minute procedure. Instead of leaving with your eye patched, you go home already being able to see pretty well.

But the “ripe” concept lives on! Today we as doctors don’t use the term but if we did it would concern whether your cataracts were severe enough to warrant surgery. That means that you must be bothered by your vision, such as being frustrated due to the lack of clarity or glare symptoms while driving at night. Then your vison must be worse than a certain level on the eye chart. Finally, an exam must confirm that you have cataracts and that you could benefit from surgery.

All these things can be determined at the time of a comprehensive eye examination. To find out if your cataracts are ‘ripe” call to arrange your appointment today. Remember I am seeing patients in both our Mequon & Saukville offices. See you soon!

Dr. Lisa Bennett is an Eye Physician & Surgeon (Ophthalmologist) specializing in cataract surgery, LASIK vision correction, glaucoma care and more. She practices with Drs. Martha Jay and James Ivanoski at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

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

 


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