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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 eyelid twitch?

An eyelid 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

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What is “Blepharitis” or eyelid inflammation?

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. Patients with blepharitis suffer from red, itchy, swollen lids with crusts in the lashes.

Warm Compresses

We often recommend warm compresses for blepharitis because they help to thin the oil inside the glands which can help drain them. It can be very frustrating for patients to run warm water on a washcloth only to have it cool off thirty seconds later. For warm compresses to be effective, they need to stay on your eyelids for 10-12 minutes. I find using a warming mask that can be heated in the microwave far more effective because it stays warm much longer. You can also wash the masks and reuse them multiple times. 

No more baby shampoo!

Lid hygiene is very important in the treatment of blepharitis. There are a number of lid cleansers available over the counter. Always use a cleanser that is meant for the eyelids. We no longer recommend the use of diluted baby shampoo. Baby shampoo isn’t meant for the eyelids. It contains synthetic detergents that can alter the normal pH levels of the lids. Many patients develop allergies to the ingredients and it can clog the oil-secreting glands. It can actually do more harm than good.

Mites in my lashes?

The latest research shows blepharitis is often associated with Demodex mites. Demodex is a parasite that lives on our skin. When demodex multiplies, it causes an infection of the eyelid and oil-secreting glands in the eyelids. For demodex infections, I recommend using a cleanser that contains tea tree oil such as Theralid Eyelid Cleanser.


Dr Angela Issa, optometrist

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Are eyelash extensions safe?

Eyelash extensions

Eyelash extensions are becoming more popular. Before you decide to get eyelash extensions, you need to keep in mind the possible risks to your eye health.

Eyelash extensions are commonly made of either a synthetic material or mink fur. They are attached to your original lashes with a special adhesive or eyelash glue. Eyelash glue may contain formaldehyde which is toxic. If the glue enters in contact with your eyelid or the eye, it can cause a severe allergic reaction or even a chemical burn. I have had patients consult with inflamed eyelids (blepharitis) or irritated corneas. Some patients are in such distress that they ask us to remove the eyelash extensions immediately.  The extensions tug on your current lashes and cause trauma to the base of the lashes. The extensions can actually end up causing your own natural eyelashes to fall out.

We have had several patients consult our clinic because a false eyelash fell in her eye. False eyelashes are thicker and sharper than our real lashes and are more likely to irritate or scratch the cornea (corneal abrasion).

Another more serious complication is infection. Bacteria and dirt can become trapped underneath the extensions and you could end up with an eye infection. Some estheticians don’t wash their hands or disinfect their tools properly increasing the risk of infection further.

Lastly, keep in mind that an accident can happen during the process. A slip near the eye with a sharp tool can result in a serious eye injury.

Unfortunately, there are currently no laws in Quebec regulating the use of eyelash extensions. Always ask your esthetician about the ingredients in the adhesive used for the extensions. Many estheticians claim to be experts in eyelash extensions. It’s important to choose an esthetician who is certified.


Dr Angela Issa, optometrist