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Why Annual Eye Exams Are So Important

An eye exam is more than just a vision test; it’s a check-up for your eye health!

During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr Issa will thoroughly examine your eyes and measure your eye pressure. She will screen for eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma.

It’s important to keep in mind that many eye diseases present with little or no symptoms early on in the disease. Regular eye exams are key in preventing and detecting eye health problems.

The best way to maintain your vision and eye health is an annual eye exam. Book your eye exam at Rockland Eye Clinic today.

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“How do I know if my cataracts are ready?”

When is the right time to have cataract surgery?

One of the questions I am often asked by my patients is “are my cataracts ready or ripe enough to need surgery?”  Before embarking on this important topic, let’s take a moment to briefly define cataracts.

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are opacities in the crystalline lens, the lens inside the eye. These opacities prevent light from optimally passing through the eye resulting in changes in vision.

The changes in vision associated with cataracts may be gradual or more sudden.

Some of the symptoms of cataracts include:

  • decrease in vision
  • poor night vision.
  • faded colours
  • increase in glare

What your doctor sees

When your doctor examines you, she can actually see the cataracts (via special equipment) in your eye and can assess how dense or important the cataracts are and compare from one visit to the next.

Does everybody get cataracts?

If we all lived to be 110, we would all have cataracts or need cataract surgery by then. Most cataracts are age-related, but it is possible to have cataracts in younger patients as well.

Factors associated with the earlier development of cataracts:

  • Pale eyes
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • UV ray exposure

So what is the treatment for cataracts?

The treatment for cataracts is surgical.

It was once believed that we need to wait until the cataracts are mature or ripe enough before surgery. But waiting too long can actually complicate the surgery. During cataract surgery, the surgeon inserts an instrument in the eye that breaks up the crystalline lens into smaller pieces and then sucks up the pieces like a vacuum. A more mature or advanced cataract is actually thicker, more dense requiring more time and energy to break up the cataract during surgery. The greater the energy required during the surgery, the greater the heat that is released in the eye.  The surgeon uses water to cool the eye from this increase in heat. If more water is required, then the cornea, the surface of the eye may not be able to pump out the water as quickly as it comes in causing the cornea to swell.  This swelling of the cornea results in blurred vision and an increase in recovery time. Sometimes, the swelling is too great and the corneal tissues develop folds or even scarring, thus resulting in a decreased visual outcome following the surgery.

Another potential complication: During surgical removal of an advanced cataract, the eye may actually be open longer resulting in greater risk for infection.

Don’t panic, the cataracts are not going to evolve overnight. The important thing is to have regular eye exams which measure the vision and allow your doctor to assess the level of cataracts. (how the cataracts are evolving.) For patients whose cataracts appear to be evolving at a more rapid pace,

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

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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La dévéloppement de la vision chez les jeunes enfants

Un examen de la vue chez le jeune enfant peut détecter certains problèmes visuels importants dont:

  • L’amblyopie ou “oeil paresseux“
  • Le strabisme ou “oeil devié“
  • Certaines pathologies oculaires

Durant l`examen de la vue de votre enfant, l`optométriste va:

  • Évaluer l`alignement des yeux
  • Évaluer la santé des yeux
  • Évaluer objectivement (avec l`utilisation de gouttes) la présence de myopie, d`hypermétropie ou d’astigmatisme

 

L’Association des optométristes du Québec recommande un examen de la vue et le dépistage des maladies oculaires dès l’âge de six mois. Un examen de la vue chez le bébé ou l’enfant peut aider à prévenir certains types d’amblyopie (un problème dans le développement des yeux). Il est établi que le développement du système visuel (les yeux, les nerfs optiques conduisant au cerveau et le champ visuel) se poursuit jusqu’à l’âge de sept à neuf ans, donc cette période est critique pour l’examen des yeux. Heureusement, on sait aujourd`hui que si l’on intervient très tôt chez l`enfant qui présente des problèmes visuels, on lui donne de meilleures chances de développer une vision normale.

Dr Susan Issa, OD, 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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“What Eyelash Extensions Can Do to Your Eyes”

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

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How to take care of your contact lenses

 

Wearing Contact Lenses Doesn’t Have To Pose A Risk For Your Eye Health, As Long As You Follow Some Simple Tips

    • Wash, rinse and dry your hands before handling your contact lenses
    • Daily disposable contact lenses are the best way to avoid eye infections
    • Never sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes
    • Never use tap water to rinse your contact lenses
    • Always replace the lens case every month
    • Visit your optometrist yearly before renewing your contact lens supply

 

Dr Susan Issa, optometrist

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How to customize your new LINDBERG eyeglasses.

The new LINDBERG eyewear customizer is here! Now at Rockland Eye Clinic, you can completely customize your own eyewear look using LINDBERG eyewear’s new customizer. Visit our showroom to customize everything from the frame shape, front color, temple design and temple color of your brand new eyeglasses.

Visit LINDBERG website