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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

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Why does my eye twitch?

An eye twitch is actually a spasm of the muscles in the eyelid. The condition medically termed as myokymia is actually very common. It can happen to the upper or lower lid. It happens spontaneously and can last for a few seconds or longer. Most patients describe the twitching as coming on and off for a few days to a few weeks. Often, you might feel the eye is moving so much that the whole room notices! In fact, the movement is quite small and people around you may hardly notice.

What causes eyelid twitching?

The eyelid twitch may actually be brought on by several different factors. One of the main reasons we experience eye twitching is fatigue. Stress can also be a contributing factor. Caffeine is also a culprit. Caffeine causes the tiny muscles in your eyelid to spasm resulting in the twitching sensation.

  • fatigue
  • stress
  • caffeine

Some people experience twitching secondary to inflammation of the eyelids, or blepharitis. Blepharitis is a condition that involves a blockage of the oil-secreting glands and deposit build-up in the lashes. This deposit build-up and inflammation can lead to a contraction and potential spasm of the eyelid muscles.

When should I see a doctor?

While most of the time, eyelid twitching is harmless, there are instances when a more serious underlying condition may be at cause. Benign eyelid twitching is painless and not associated with other neurological symptoms. You should consult a doctor if the eyelid twitching is constant or doesn’t resolve after a few weeks. If you are experiencing forceful eyelid spasms that cause your eye to completely close, this could indicate blepharospasm. If the twitching progresses to the lower face, a hemifacial spasm might be the diagnosis. A hemifacial spasm can be caused by a tumour. Eyelid twitching can also be associated with neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s.

What can help alleviate eyelid twitching?

Get some rest. If possible, try to reduce some of the stressful factors or practice stress-reducing techniques such as yoga or meditation. Can you decrease the amount of coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverages? Easier said then done. Cold compresses can also help relieve the spasm of the eyelids.

In most cases, eyelid twitching is completely benign and can be relieved following a few simple steps within a few weeks. If there is any doubt, it’s best to consult a doctor.


Dr Angela Issa, optometrist

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Is it safe to wear contact lenses during Covid-19?

Contact lenses COVID-19
Many patients are concerned about wearing contact lenses during Covid-19. Here are some clarifications to help ease concerns during this unprecedented time.

You can keep wearing contact lenses during Covid-19, but be sure to follow these safety tips.


  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry your hands completely before handling your contact lenses.
  • Daily disposable contact lenses are ideal to minimize the risk for eye infections
  • Never sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes
  • Never use tap water to rinse your contact lenses
  • If you are feeling unwell, stop wearing your contacts until you feel better. As soon as you recover, put in a fresh pair.

Can glasses protect me?

Much information has been circulating on the internet that wearing glasses can protect you against Covid-19. This is false. There is no evidence that regular eyeglasses can protect against Covid-19. You need to clean your glasses as well!

Dr Angela Issa, optometrist

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Why do my eyes feels dry and gritty with my contacts?

Contact lenses Montreal

Are your contact lenses more comfortable when you put in a new, fresh pair? Are your eyes increasingly red or feel gritty as the day goes on? The lens deposits may be to blame.

Protein and lipid deposits can adhere to the surface of the lens and may remain there even with the proper use of contact lens solution. The deposits on the surface of your lenses actually rub and irrritate the inside of your eyelid. The underside of your lids can develop redness and bumps which my be permanent secondary to the deposit build-up on the lens.

Fortunately, daily disposable contact lenses are available for a greater number of patients than ever before. High prescriptions, astigmatism and even presbyopia can be corrected with daily disposable contact lenses. Book an appointment today to find out if daily disposables are right for you.

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Les montures créateurs

Lunor Eyewear Montreal

J’ai souvent entendue plusieurs personnes dire « tous les montures viennent de la même place, ils sont toutes faites en Chine, ils appartiennent toutes à la même compagnie ». Ces personnes ont du écouter l’emission sur la grande compagnie Luxottica qui aura lieu il ya quelques années. À notre boutique, nous avons une seule marque de Luxottica, soit RayBan. Tous les autres viennent d’autres compagnies. La  plupart de nos collections sont des marques indépendantes, des montures créatures. Pourquoi on préfère les montures indépendantes? Parce qu’on apprécie l’originalité et l’authenticité dans ces montures.

Matériaux et savoir-faire

Les designers de montures créateurs utilisent des matériaux de meilleure qualité et portent plus attention aux détails. Les montures sont à la fois originales et innovateurs. Ces montures sont souvent faites à la main. Le processus de fabrication est tellement minitieux que ça peut parfois prendre plusieurs semaines pour fabriquer une seule monture. 

À notre avis, la création d’une monture devrait être un art. Une monture bien choisi influence énormément votre apparence. C’est l’accessoire la plus importante que vous porteriez. La plupart de nos clients ne connaissent pas nos collections et ils viennent les découvrir dans notre salle de montre.

Nous sommes toujours à la recherche de nouvelles montures inspirées. Cette fin de semaine nous allons chercher pour des nouvelles montures à New York au Vision Expo, une grande salon de montures dédiés aux professionnels dans l’optique. Nous avons hâte de découvrir les dernières collections!


Dr Angela Issa, optométriste

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Which frame is best for my face shape?

People often ask, “which frame is best for my face shape?”. The truth is there isn’t one shape that works for a particular face shape. You can try on 7-8 round shapes and each one will look completely different on you. And, no person’s face is completely round or heart-shaped. It’s ridiculous to categorize face shapes and use online tools to choose a frame. Our faces are unique and our glasses should be too!

If you are highly nearsighted, it can be very frustrating to choose new frames. There is nothing more disappointing than choosing a beautiful frame only to have thick lenses and distorted images once the glasses are made with your actual prescription. When we help you choose a frame, we always consider your prescription. Certain prescriptions require certain frame shapes and sizes in order to minimize adaptation problems, distortion and lens thickness. We rely on our expertise in optics to carefully consider the many different parameters when choosing your frame so the end result exceeds your expectations.

Glasses are the most important thing you can wear. A handbag looks good in your hand and a fancy watch looks good under your sleeve, but glasses literally flatter your face. Well-chosen eyewear can elevate your look dramatically. We won’t let you leave our boutique unless you look great in your glasses.

At Rockland Eye Clinic, we don’t want people to simply notice your glasses; we want people to notice how good you look in your glasses.

Dr Angela Issa, optometrist