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Baseball vs. Football Eyes: Why important for Cataract Surgery by Dr. Martha Jay, Milwaukee area Ophthalmologist

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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

WEAR CONTACTS? YOU ALSO NEED GLASSES! By Dr. Mark German, Milwaukee Area Optometrist

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June 20, 2011

If you wear contact lenses, you don’t need glasses right? WRONG!  First of all, it isn’t healthy for your eyes to wear contact lenses all waking hours. That’s because your cornea (the clear front part of your eye) needs the extra oxygen exposure that the time away from contacts provides in order to fight off infections. But the more important reason to have glasses in addition to contacts is in the event that you have an injury or severe eye infection.  A frequent occurrence is the patient seen for a corneal ulcer or another painful eye condition who has no back-up glasses.  When you have such a serious eye problem, you absolutely cannot wear contact lenses.  That leaves those patients with no way to see while they wait for the problem to improve.

The glasses prescription does not have to be perfect but should be close enough to the appropriate one so you can drive and go to work or school. Once you have a severe eye problem, that’s not a very good time to determine your glasses prescription as you vision is blurred.  Then there is the problem of getting the glasses made.  A one-hour optical shop often cannot make bifocals or may not be open at the time of your eye emergency.

So if you cannot find your old glasses, next time you have an eye examination be sure to ask for a prescription for glasses even if you prefer to wear contact lenses.  It is just part of good eye care and you will certainly be glad you did so if you develop an eye problem. Other key points for contact lens wearers is be sure you contact lens case is very clean, not to sleep in the contacts, discard the contacts as directed, and to have a complete eye examination every 1-2 years.

Dr. Mark German is a Milwaukee Area Optometrist with offices in Ozaukee County: Mequon and Saukville.  He is part of the Eye Care Team at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals.  His other colleagues are Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto - both are Eye Physicians and Surgeons (Ophthalmologists).

Dr. Mark E. GermanLakeshore Eye Care Professionals provides a full array of eye care services including blade-free LASIK, cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma care, diabetic eye care, macular degeneration care, dry eye treatment and general eye examinations.

Dr. Mark German specializes in general eye care and contact lens fitting.  See our web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information. Call 262-241-1919 for an appointment.

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

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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.

THYROID EYE DISEASE by Dr. Mark German, Milwaukee Area Optometrist

By admin
May 23, 2011

Graves Disease

Graves eye disease, also known as thyroid related ophthalmopathy, is an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid gland along with the muscles and connective tissue around the eyes.  It is characterized by rapid heartbeat, sweating, high blood pressure, irritability, fatigue, weight loss, heat intolerance, and hair loss. Eye symptoms can range from mild to severe. When the eyes are affected, they may appear more prominent. Sensitivity to light, a dry gritty feeling and tearing are common complaints. Double vision and sometimes even loss of vision can occur on rare occasions.

Approximately one million Americans are diagnosed with Graves eye disease each year. Women are five to six times more likely than men to get the condition. Cigarette smokers are at significantly increased risk.

Dr. Mark German

Initial treatment includes the use medications to control the thyroid but the condition can progress even with properly maintained thyroid function.  Most patients experience relief from dry eyes by using artificial tears daily and gels or ointments at night. Some patients also use patches at night or tape their eyes shut to keep them from becoming dry if the eyelids do not close properly. Occasionally surgery, oral steroids or radiation treatments are necessary.

The symptoms described above may not necessarily mean that a person has Graves eye disease. However, if you experience these symptoms, call us for a complete examination to evaluate for this common eye condition. Proper monitoring and treatment of the symptoms is necessary to maintain healthy vision for years to come.

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.

KIDS AND CONTACT LENSES by Dr. Mark German, Milwaukee Area Optometrist

By admin
May 2, 2011

How old should your son or daughter be to start contact lenses?  There is really no magic age when someone suddenly becomes responsible enough to handle contacts.  As a parent, you know your child best.  You should ask yourself if your child could be relied upon to clean the contacts each and every day; not to sleep in the contacts; to bring a case and solutions when away from home for the night; and, not insignificantly, could they learn to put them in and take them out.

Kids want contact lenses for a variety of reasons from just not liking the way they look in glasses to improving their sports performance.  But the idea should come from them.   Many find the hassles of contact lenses more than they can handle and would just as soon stay in glasses.

We specialize in first time fits of contacts so if you think your child is ready, we are here to help.   We start with a complete eye examination to be sure their eyes are healthy and to determine the appropriate prescription.  Then if we all agree that the child is ready to make the transition to contacts, we go the next step.  Most are fit with disposable contacts due to increased comfort and ease of care.

Your child’s vision is very precious so we want to be assured that they not only see well but that the health of their eyes is maintained with the proper contact lens fit and care.  While this may take some time with their first fitting, getting the right start should set them on the path to becoming a successful contact lens wearer for years to come.

Dr. Mark German is a Milwaukee area optometrist with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.  He specializes in hard-to-fit contact lens wearers and first time contact lens patients along with general eye care.  Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals has two other doctors who are ophthalmologists: Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto.

Call 262-241-1919 for an appointment.

Visit their web site 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.

WEBSITE ENHANCED by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
April 11, 2011

Our practice website www.lakeshorevision.com has been enhanced to provide even more information about medical and surgical eye care.  We now have sections discussing LASIK vision correction, cataract surgery, dry eyes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, contact lenses and more.  We have included an Eye Care Blog with timely postings concerning new developments in eye care.  And we have started posting comments from our patients so you can hear what they have to say about their experience at Lakeshore Eye Care.  There are even youtube videos featuring our doctors and patients.

The site was completely redesigned late last year giving us the flexibility to update the content ourselves when necessary. This means that you have available the latest information now, with no delay by us going through a web design firm.  Why take on this extra responsibility? Eye surgery and eye care is a rapidly changing field and we want our patients to be able to take advantage of the improvements.

So if you have looked our site in the past, give us another try.  And if you look at the site tomorrow, try us again next week. Another way to keep up is to become a “Fan” of ours on Facebook. We look forward to your comments about our website and suggestions for improvements. Our goal is not just to enhance the look of our website but to enhance the vision of our patients.

Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist with Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals.  He specializes in comprehensive eye care and hard-to-fit contact lens patients.  He is accepting new patients at both the Mequon and Saukville offices in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.  Call 262-241-1919 for an appointment or see their website www.lakeshorevision.com

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