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Protecting Your Eyesight

Protecting your eyesight

As we get older, we are more susceptible to certain eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Many eye conditions don’t offer symptoms in their early stages. The first step in protecting your eyesight could be as simple as scheduling a routine eye exam. Earlier detection can mean the difference between timely treatment and significant vision loss.

Bring your Parents, Loved Ones

eye exam for older adult

Many of our patients have recently brought in their older parents for a thorough eye exam. We are grateful for your trust and are so happy to see your family. In several instances, we were able to  pick up on certain conditions at an earlier stage which resulted in a timely referral and earlier treatment.

Which Tests are Necessary and Why?

Examen de la vue à Montréal

We need to perform more tests and in many cases, a dilated eye exam is required. As we get older, our pupils get smaller and we may have the beginning of cataracts making it very difficult to see the back of the eye. Dilation drops dilate the pupil giving us a bigger window to look through.

  • Vision check
  • Eye pressure check
  • Cataract evaluation
  • Glaucoma screening
  • Retinal photos
  • Eye scan (OCT)

Macular Degeneration -Dry vs Wet

There is currently no treatment for dry macular degeneration other than specific formulations of vitamins, such as Vitalux and Preservision that are helpful in slowing the progression of the disease. Fortunately, research is in the works for the treatment of dry macular degeneration. 

Wet macular degeneration, which may cause more devastating vision loss, may require injections of medication in the eye by a retina specialist.

A critical point in the disease process is when dry macular degeneration converts to the wet form; here a choroidal neovascular membrane (CNVM) may be present. We are able to visualize CNVM much more clearly with the help of OCT technology. 

Macular Degeneration -Dry vs Wet

A patient who presents with a CNVM needs an urgent referral to a retina specialist to receive injections in the eye. This timely referral results in lowering the risk of progression to wet macular degeneration and reduces the risk of significant vision loss.

Strong network of eye care specialists

We have been working in Montreal for nearly 20 years and have good contacts in several areas of ophthalmology including retina and glaucoma. In some urgent cases, we are able to get our patients in to see a specialist very quickly. Book your eye exam today at ROCKLAND EYE clinic and we will do our best to keep protecting your eyesight. 

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September is Sports Eye Safety Month

Montreal Sports Eyewear

Sports can be great for your health, but they also come with risks. Common eye injuries in sports include corneal abrasions, retinal detachments, and blunt trauma. These injuries can be painful and potentially vision-threatening, highlighting the need for preventive measures. Safety eyewear

Safety Eyewear

The most effective way to safeguard your eyes in sports is by wearing appropriate safety goggles or helmets with a face shield. Ensure they meet industry safety standards.

90% of Sports-related eye injuries are preventable

The new Prevent Blindness data showed once again that the category of “non-powder guns, darts, arrows, and slingshots” had the overall highest rate of eye injuries. For children ages 0-14, “pools and water sports” had the highest rate of injuries. Types of sports-related eye injuries include blunt trauma, penetrating injuries, eye infections, and corneal scratches and abrasions.

Squash: a high-risk sport

Squash Eye Injury

Squash is a high-risk sports for eye injuries. The incidence of eye injuries is increasing dramatically with squash. The injuries associated with squash can be very serious, ranging from corneal abrasions, retinal detachment and rupture of the globe. The problem with squash is the size of the ball. Squash balls are the exact right size to penetrate the eye; they are too small to be protected by the eyebrow. When hit with a squash ball at such a high velocity, the injuries can be devastating.

Sun Safety

Athletes may also be at risk for a Radiation Eye Injury. Prolonged exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun can be incredibly harmful to vision. Athletes who play in water or snow sports, such as surfing or snow skiing are exposed to bright glaring sunlight that reflects off water or snow, increasing the risk of vision loss or damage.

Regular Eye Exams

Athletes should have routine eye exams to detect any underlying issues and ensure optimal vision.

Coaches should emphasize the importance of safe play and good sportsmanship, reducing the risk of accidents. Coaches and parents, educate young athletes about the importance of eye safety, and encourage them to wear protective gear.

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Do You Experience Digital Eye Strain?

Digital Eye Strain Montreal

Are you experiencing digital eye strain? Symptoms of digital eye strain include blurry vision, eye fatigue, eye redness. You can also experience headaches. Headaches related to digital eye strain typically occur around your eyes, on the forehead or temples. Always speak with a doctor if you are experiencing new or frequent headaches as this could be a sign of something more serious.

You spend all day in front of a computer. You work at different distances, on the computer screen then reading papers and back to your computer screen. Now there’s another meeting… If you don’t have the right lenses, you’re constantly removing your glasses or changing your head posture resulting in eye fatigue, neck and back pain.

What can be done about Digital Eye Strain?

  • More regular breaks -follow the 20-20-20 rule
  • blue light filter
  • lenses with the correct prescription with the appropriate lenses for your prescription and visual needs


The 20-20-20 rule.

It’s recommended to look far, 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds every 20 minutes while looking at the screen

What about Blue Light Glasses for Digital Eye Strain?

The blue light filter helps relieve visual fatigue by reducing the amount of short-wave length rays (blue light) that enter the eye. Shorter wavelengths bounce more before entering the eye creating scatter which is visually disturbing.

Some people buy cheap ready-made blue light glasses online. These glasses are often really yellow-coloured and poor quality.

Get your eyes checked

A thorough eye exam is the first step to determining the cause of your symptoms.

The blue filter is important but, proper visual correction is key. Having the correct prescription in a pair of glasses with the blue light filter is much more appropriate. Having the correct pair of glasses can make all the difference. NEW ZEISS lenses could be the solution.

ZEISS SmartLife Digital Lenses

ZEISS SmartLife Digital lenses incorporate ZEISS SmartView Technology, based on applied research of today’s lifestyle, visual behavior, and age-related visual needs. It is ideal for patients in their 30s and 40s who have to switch between online and offline often. These lenses provide clear vision from far to near distance and improve eyestrain. Unlike poorer designs, these lenses offer a smoother transition into the lens periphery with less perceived blur. The design is great for young presbyopic patients for an easier transition later into progressive lens designs.

ZEISS Officelens 

The ZEISS Officelens offers relaxed and clear vision from near to intermediate distance. The viewing area for the computer is larger than with traditional progressive lenses and is available in different lens designs that can be customized depending on the wearer’s needs.  Patients who work with multiple screens often prefer this option to progressives since the area of the lens dedicated to computer work is higher up in the lens and the viewing area is wider. Unlike traditional progressives, you won’t need to tilt your head backwards so you’ll have less strain on your neck.

All lenses are available with ZEISS BlueGard, a coating that reduces the blue light from computer screens and tablets as well as LEDs.


So what’s the takeaway? First step is to BOOK your eye exam. From there, we can recommend the best lenses suited to your needs. If you work in front of multiple screens maybe you are better off with ZEISS OFFICE lenses instead of progressives or maybe you need 2 pairs: 1 pair of progressive glasses and 1 pair of  OFFICE glasses for all-day computer work.  Younger presbyopic who experience fatigue and headaches with computer work could benefit from SmartLife Digital lenses.

At ROCKLAND EYE CLINIC, we only work with premium lenses and we will always give you a personalized recommendation based on your prescription and visual needs.

Angela Issa, OD

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The Art of Japanese Craftsmanship


Japan has a rich history in traditional craftsmanship and manufacturing processes. Many people don’t realize that Eyewear manufacturing in Japan is performed by skilled craftsman with many steps done entirely by hand. Heralded as masters of precision, Japanese artisans pay great attention to detail and focus on technical perfection. Only the finest materials are used including titanium, beta-titanium, acetate and 18K gold. Handmade in Japan is synonymous with high-quality and luxury.

EYEVAN 7285 163 SUN


Eyevan was born in 1972 with a rather particular concept. Its vision is to offer “glasses to be dressed as a fashion item”. In 1985, the brand made a sensational entry into the world of eyewear. Eyevan frames are now known for their timeless design and when we look at the handwritten drawings or archives of the brand, we can see the authentic craftsmanship of Japan. It is a true ode to creativity and enthusiasm.

Finally, in 2013, more than 40 years after the brand’s launch, a new team of designers rebuilt the Eyevan 7285 eyewear brand based on the brand’s ancient archives, redefining the standards of beauty. They drew upon the original hand drawn designs and product research from the 1972-1985 era therefore naming the new collection EYEVAN 7285.


BROOKLYN SPECTACLES teamed up with famous Eyewear designer Jinroku Saku to create a limited -edition capsule collection made from premium acetate and pure titanium. Jinroku Saku has to years of craftsman experience in the eyewear industry. He is considered one of the best Eyewear craftsman in Sabae, Japan.


Lunetterie Générale is a design studio that specializes in making exceptional eyewear handcrafted in Japan. Each design pays tribute to the simplicity of timeless classics. Every detail of the frame is considered.

Lunetterie Générale was founded in 2017 by Montrealer, Julien Couture. This limited-edition Quebec-based eyewear brand offers unique pieces made from premium cellulose acetate and titanium. Each model is handcrafted in Japan with only 400-1000 pieces per colour worldwide. Truly a work of art, Lunetterie Générale frames are made from exceptional materials and made to last. Beautifully designed custom tints are available for sun models.



What makes Barton Perreira eyeglasses exceptional is their manufacturing process. Extreme care is taken in their design and manufacture. The latter is derived from the great Japanese tradition. It is thanks to this that the brand has a variation of catching colors that remains almost unmatched today.

The cellulose acetate plates (plastic from cotton flowers) benefit from a very long drying time. This method, inherited from Japanese craftsmanship, allows us to obtain a superior quality result.

All this care taken in the manufacture offers a perfect result. The ultra-light and finely chiseled titanium frames are reminiscent of the pop art of the 1950s and 60s. 


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Introducing the Revolutionary LINDBERG Thintanium Collection


If you’re looking for eyewear that can be used daily or for a special occasion, the LINDBERG Thintanium Collection has something to match your every need. With its stunning design and cutting-edge technology, this collection is perfect for any style.

Looking for LINDBERG eyewear?

Visit our online store now!

LINDBERG: setting the standard for modern glasses design

LINDBERG, the acclaimed Danish eyewear brand, has unveiled a revolutionary Thintanium Collection that challenges the limits of lightness. By uniting the most advanced technology with titanium craftsmanship and a commitment to precision, LINDBERG is revolutionizing modern glasses design. These ultra-thin frames are sure to be ahead of their time; they’re likely the world’s thinnest titanium glasses!

Whether you prefer a bold, edgy square or an elegant round silhouette, these frames are tailor-made for those who appreciate minimalistic luxury. Each frame is crafted with impeccable detail to offer modern individuals top-notch Scandinavian design that speaks powerfully to the soul without sacrificing comfort and quality. This is an exquisite choice for style-savvy people looking for ultimate luxury at its finest!

Lindberg thintanium woman

LINDBERG Thintanium Collection Special Features

Weighing just 3.3 grams, these incredibly slim titanium frames are so light and comfortable that you’ll barely remember they’re there!

The modern sleek appearance is achieved by incorporating an ultra-thin front in the groove of the lenses – providing stability without compromising the design. LINDBERG Thintanium collection has a sleek, nearly rimless look while still providing stability with its full titanium front.

LINDBERG’s new Thintanium glasses are made with such fine attention to detail that they feature an extraordinary screwless hinge design. This unique construction is crafted without any glues or screws, instead relying on interlocking parts and friction for smooth movement. With more than 750 hardworking employees dedicated to bringing these one-of-a-kind frames into the world, not only will you be getting lightweight lenses but also stylish spectacles that make quite the statement!

Lindberg Thintanium dealer

Benefits of Using Titanium Eyeglass Frames

Titanium is an ideal material for frames, as its strength and lightness combine to make it an excellent choice. Its corrosion resistance eliminates the anxiety of keeping eyewear pristine while outdoors, while its lighter weight means there are no more headaches from wearing heavy frames. Titanium doesn’t cause allergic reactions either, making sure you have no negative experiences wearing your glasses.

Lindberg Thintanium customizer


An Unparalleled Eyewear Experience with Personalized Design

LINDBERG is the exclusive eyewear designer in the industry that offers customers a truly personalized experience. With billions of combinations, varying materials, and colors to choose from along with adjustable temples for perfect fit and nose pads made out of medical silicone each pair becomes unique – even more so when its wearer’s name is engraved on it!

LINDBERG Thintanium eyeglasses in Montreal

ROCKLAND EYE CLINIC offers a wide selection of LINDBERG Thintanium eyeglasses in Montreal.

You can visit our LINDBERG online store to check out the collection and find your perfect pair!

You can also come to visit us at the Rockland Health Complex in Mount Royal! Our team of experts is available to assist you with selecting frames that are tailored to your preferences, face shape, and complexion. We guarantee we’ll help you find the perfect pair for you.

Furthermore, if you need an eye exam, our premium optometry services in Montreal are at your disposal. We have skilled and experienced optometrists available to address all of your needs while ensuring the health of your eyes.


LINDBERG’s Thintanium collection is a revolutionary take on eyewear design that combines cutting-edge technology, titanium craftsmanship, and uncompromising attention to detail. These ultra-thin frames offer a modern style with comfort, lightness, and stability without compromising quality or design. With LINDBERG’s unique screwless hinge construction crafted without glues or screws and their billions of combinations for personalization, this new line offers an unparalleled eyewear experience like no other. Rockland Eye Clinic carries a wide selection of LINDBERG Thintanium glasses in Montreal – come check them out today!


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Halloween Contacts can have scary consequences

Halloween Contacts

Coming up with the perfect Halloween costume can be very exciting, whether it is a funny or scary costume.  Many people want to complete the desired look with decorative or Halloween contacts. Unfortunately, Halloween contacts can have scary consequences. Contact lenses are medical devices and should not be viewed simply as decorative or cosmetic. 

Some of the possible complications of Halloween Contacts include:

  • corneal abrasion
  • eye infection
  • allergic reaction

Are Halloween contacts illegal?

Selling contact lenses without a doctor’s prescription is illegal. If you come across a site that doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription, these lenses are being sold illegally. Many sites will state the contact lenses are FDA approved, but that doesn’t mean they are appropriate for you. Lenses need to fit well to allow for proper tear exchange and allow enough oxygen to enter the eye.

Halloween contacts have more pigments and are thicker as a result allowing less oxygen to enter the eye. The pigments in Halloween Contacts can still cause allergic reactions in some people. Some sites and shops sell non FDA-approved contact lenses. Non FDA-approved lenses may even contain dangerous chemicals that may be toxic to the surface of the eye. Some contact lenses were reported to contain chlorine which seeped into the eye after a rinse. 

Why do I need to see a doctor?

Many people think that because coloured contacts are cosmetic, they don’t need to see a doctor. Even if you have good eyesight, you still need to consult an optometrist before ordering contact lenses. Your optometrist will recommend safe contact lenses for your eyes that fit properly. Poorly-fitting contact lenses can scratch the surface of the eye (corneal abrasions) or not allow enough oxygen to enter the eye.

A scratch on the eye can allow harmful bacteria to penetrate deeper into the eye, resulting in a much more serious infection, a corneal ulcer. Corneal ulcers are very serious and can lead to scarring and permanent vision loss.

Eye infection

The risk of eye infections is higher with decorative or Halloween contact lenses. Contact-lens related eye infections tend to be more serious infections in general. This is especially true with decorative contact lenses that made of materials that don’t allow as much oxygen to enter the eye. Types of eye infections include bacteria conjunctivitis, keratitis or a corneal ulcer.


Eye infection

Signs of eye infection include

  • redness
  • swelling
  • tearing
  • Coloured discharge
  • sensitivity to light
  • Irritation
  • pain

Are Halloween Contacts worth the risk?

Don’t let one night of fun leave you with serious long-term consequences. We are not exaggerating when we say people lose their vision. A serious eye infection can lead to potential blindness in one eye. Always consult your optometrist before ordering contact lenses.


Dr Angela Issa, optometrist

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Lindberg Eyewear Collections

LINDBERG eyewear provides a wide array of exciting designs in titanium, horn, acetate, wood and precious metals. With an extended modular system containing billions of combinations, the wearer can create their very own bespoke pair of LINDBERGs. You can always tell a LINDBERG frame by the iconic hinge designs. The patented titanium hinges are made with no screws, rivets or welded parts.

LINDBERG air titanium rim

The air titanium rim collection is wire frame eyewear – perfected. The collection embodies the LINDBERG design DNA, with uncompromising contemporary design. One notable feature is the iconic hinge, known for the expertly engineered spiral design, stripped of all unnecessary elements like screws and welded parts.


The n.o.w. titanium collection has the perfect balance of expressive look and lightness with our signature elements: thin composite fronts and lightweight titanium temples. The front of n.o.w. glasses is made of premium-grade composite. This unique material provides a softer, translucent look featuring discreet transparent polished, semi-transparent or matt colours.

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LINDBERG sun titanium

The minimalistic designs are extremely light, comfortable and flexible, and fitted with premium sun lenses to ensure optimal vision and exceptional glare protection. A premium selection of ZEISS lenses with antireflective coating guarantees extreme optical quality and UV protection.



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NEW ZEISS i.Terminal mobile for precise fitting measurements

ZEISS i.Terminal mobile

We are very excited to announce that we have purchased the latest technology on the market for lens fitting, the ZEISS i.Terminal mobile. The new ZEISS i.Terminal mobile allows us to take all the fitting parameters in 60 seconds via an IPAD. This allows for even greater customization of lens parameters. All the information is stored in our system and we can take measurements for different frames for the same patient. This is particularly important for fitting progressive lenses or specialty lenses such as anti fatigue lenses or Smart Life Individual Single Vision Lenses.

We are of course taking advantage of this innovative technology to allow for appropriate physical distancing during COVID-19. The old way of taking measurements meant we were a few inches away from a patient’s face. The new i.Terminal mobile allows for greater distanciation and we can even take the images through the plexiglass.

How it works

Once you choose your frame, we adjust the frame on you so it fits comfortably and is well . Next, we place your new frame in the specialized  calibration clip. Finally, you’ll be asked to look at the camera and we will take a series of photos while you are facing the iPad and then while turned to the side. Voilà, we have now taken all the necessary fitting measurements in a matter of  60 seconds!

What exactly are we measuring?

  • Frame data (A, B, DBL)
  • Interpupillary distance (PD)
  • Monocular pupillary distance (mono PD)
  • Fitting height, segment height
  • Back vertex distance (BVD)
  • Pantoscopic angle (PA)
  • Wrap angle
  • Head tilt
  • Vergence compensation


Does this sound complicated to you? That’s ok, that’s why we have professionals taking and interpreting the data so we can make it look easy. After all, don’t you want to get your glasses and have the perfect fit and crisp, clear vision without having to come back to the clinic several times?

Precision is very  important to us at ROCKLAND EYE CLINIC, that’s why we have invested in this latest technology by ZEISS. We  are utilizing ZEISS high precision technology to give you an exceptional experience.


Dr Angela Issa, optometrist

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How to put in contacts

Wearing contact lenses for the first time can be both exciting and daunting. It’s perfectly normal to be apprehensive about wearing contacts for the first time.

The most important thing is to remember that contacts are a medical device and should only be fitted by an Eyecare Professional.

If you follow these simple instructions, you should have easier time with your contact lens routine.

  • Always wash your hands and dry with a lint-free towel before putting in or removing your contacts
  • Put on your contacts before your eye makeup
  • Always change your solution for fresh solution every night
  • Change your lens case every month
  • Never use tap water to clean or re wet your lenses!
  • Start with the Right Eye
  • Never put in contacts if your eye is red or irritated

While teaching patients how to put in contacts, we notice some people became easily discouraged thinking it should be easier or faster for them to learn. Keep in mind that many people who put in their contacts without a mirror have been doing so for years! It takes practice and patience.

Watch this video below for more tips and tricks.





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Is blue light bad for your eyes?

Blue light glasses

You might be wondering if blue light is bad for your eyes and whether or not you should buy lenses with a blue filter.  If so, you’re not alone, we are asked questions about blue light on a regular basis. In recent years, we have been hearing a lot about the potential dangers of blue light.

What is blue light?

Blue light is part of the visible spectrum. The visible spectrum is comprised of wavelengths that are visible to the human eye. Wavelengths from 740nm to 400nm make up the visible spectrum. Just outside the visible spectrum is Ultraviolet light, better known as UV light. Blue light is a shorter wavelength of light at 400-470nm and is a higher energy light.

Under normal circumstances, we are all exposed to a certain amount of blue light. With the increase in screen time on computers, tablets and smartphones, however, our amount of exposure to blue light has dramatically increased. It’s important to consider the amount of exposure to blue light in children and adolescents.

Visual Eye Strain

Blue light scatters more as it enters the eye resulting in decreased contrast and contributing to visual eye strain.

I can’t sleep!

You have likely heard that using your phone before bed will give you a harder time falling asleep. This is because blue light affects the circadian rhythm, our sleep and wake cycles. It’s recommended to avoid screens 2-3 hours before bed.

What does the science say?

Many studies have been conducted on the effects of blue light with conflicting results. Some studies have found blue light is harmful to the eyes, stating that blue light can even cause cataracts and macular degeneration. Unfortunately, many of these studies were in fact led by many companies who manufacture and distribute ‘blue filter’ lenses.

We stated earlier that blue light is a higher energy wavelength of light and is found close to UV light. Clinical and scientific evidence demonstrates that UV light is harmful to the eyes so we may consider the possibility that blue light could have similar effects on our eyes. We cannot say with absolute certainty, however that blue light can lead to eye disease. The studies are not conclusive. We shouldn’t therefore market lenses with a blue filter to patients on the premise that these lenses will help avoid certain eye disease.

In our practice, we recommend blue filter lenses to reduce visual eye strain. Lenses with a blue filter can help with visual fatigue associated with increased screen time. It remains an individual decision. I can tell you that I am currently wearing glasses with Zeiss BlueProtect coating as I write this post because I personally find them more comfortable while working on screens.


Dr Angela Issa, optometrist