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How to choose glasses frames for face shape

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When we are confronted with the choice of our glasses frame for the first time, it is often difficult to find our way. At an eyewear store, the choice is often immense, and the shapes of glasses are particularly numerous.

To know which frames to choose to emphasize its face, one of the characteristics to be observed is its shape. Indeed, to choose a frame of glasses according to the shape of its face is essential. It is still necessary to know how to determine the shape of your face.

Whether your face is round, square, rectangular, oval or triangular, the Montreal optometrists at the Rockland Eye Clinic will explain how to choose eyeglass frames based on your face shape.

Define the shape of your face

Before you start choosing your eyeglass frames, it is essential to know how to recognize the shape of your face. This is the first step you should take before thinking about shopping for your frames online.

There are different shapes of faces. Most often, these are grouped into 5 categories: round, oval, square, triangular, and rectangular faces.

Warning: Keep in mind that these are conceptual face types. All faces are unique, although each has proportions that are closer to a model than others. A face is not necessarily purely rectangular, for example. There are nuances and you should take this into account when choosing your frame.

Round faces

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A round face is characterized by curved lines, without angles. The length and width of the face are made up of the same proportions.

The cheekbones are generally wide, as is the jaw. The choice of frames is generally easy for round faces.

I think I have a round face!

Oval faces

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An oval face is similar to a round face. Here too, the lines of the face are curved. However, the oval face is characterized by more unequal proportions. The width is less than the length.

This is the face often considered to have the ideal shape. Indeed, the versatility of oval faces adapts to a wider choice of frames.

I think I have an oval face!


Square faces

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Square faces are defined by a strong jaw and a wide forehead. Width and length are of equal proportions here. Unlike round and oval faces, the lines here are defined by sharp angles.

The choice of the frame of glasses is here more complex because it is a question of softening these angles.

I think I have a square face!


Triangular faces

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Triangular faces are divided into two types. The triangular faces with a lower base and the triangular ones with an upper base.

The triangular face with an upper base (V-shaped) is characterized by a thin jaw and a wider forehead. The forehead widens from the bottom to the top.

The triangular face with a lower base (A-shaped) is characterized by a wide jaw and a narrower forehead. It widens from top to bottom.

I think I have a triangular face!

Rectangular faces

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Finally, the rectangular faces are as their name indicates, a square face elongated. The nose is generally also rather long.

The choice of frames for a rectangular face will mainly aim to balance the face and make it shorter and more homogeneous.

I think I have a rectangular face!


Now that you know how to define your face shape, let’s move on to the most interesting part: choosing frames according to your face shape!

Which frame for a round face?

For a round face, the choice of the frame consists in refining the features. For this, the choice of rectangular frames is generally the most effective and what you will be advised.

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Frames with strong, somewhat bold lines look great on this face shape. It’s important to make sure that the bottom of the frames sit well above the cheekbones.

Geometric and angular frames are particularly well suited to round faces.

Our advice: Consider Etnia Barcelona frames. For the assurance of an inimitable style, it’s hard to find better!

Which frame for an oval face?

True chameleons, the faces harmonize with most of the frames of glasses. You will therefore have a wider choice to dress your face.

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Each shape of glasses will accentuate your style. Generally, round frames will give you a youthful, casual look, while rectangular frames will offer a more assertive style.

Oversized frames are particularly well suited to this face shape. Play with colors or materials to give you a unique and unmistakable look.

Our advice: Lowercase NYC offers a wide selection of frames in different shapes, perfect for asserting your character!

Which frame for a square face?

If you have a square face, the choice of your frame will aim to soften the angles of the face.

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For this, it is better to prefer round frames, which will not add more angles on your face, to lighten it. It is advisable to make sure that the round frame is wider than your cheekbones, to harmonize your face.

Finally, it is also possible to choose more geometric frames if you want to give more confidence to your face. But beware, this will not suit everyone.

Our advice: Check out the frames from Lindberg. Their round, thin frames are perfect for lightening your face!

Which frame for a triangular face?

Choosing a frame for a triangular face will depend on the type of symmetry.

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For triangular faces with an upper base (V-shape), go for wide frames, which even out the upper part of your face.

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For triangular faces with a lower base (A shape), you should choose a light frame. A heavy frame will accentuate the asymmetry of your face. Make sure you choose a pair of glasses that are wider on the lower part.

Our advice: For triangular faces, the variety of frames offered by Robert Marc NYC will allow you to harmonize your face with style!

Which frame for a rectangular face?

If you have a triangular face, we advise you to choose frames that balance your face.

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The goal here is to add more width and make your face more even. Wide frames with a low bridge are an excellent choice to soften the proportions of your face.

Frames that are too big, especially in length, will accentuate the asymmetry of your face. A possible choice if you want to emphasize your character.

Our advice: Barton Perreira offers a wide selection of frames that are perfect for rectangular faces.

Other elements of her face to take into account

Now you know the shape of your face and which frames to choose! To perfectly define your face and its proportions, you should know that there are other elements that will influence the choice of your glasses:

  • The size of your head: whatever the shape of your face, it is also important to consider its size. If you have a small head, it goes without saying to choose a small frame, and vice versa. Ideally, your glasses should not be wider than your face.
  • The nose: depending on the size of your nose, the choice of the bridge of your frames will be different. A short and thin nose will be able to leave room for a high bridge, while a longer nose will be more in harmony with low bridge glasses.
  • The distance between the eyes: the width of the bridge of your glasses must be proportional to the distance between your eyes. If you have wide-set eyes, choose a frame with a wide bridge, and vice versa.
  • The height of your eyebrows: last parameter to be studied, it is advisable to choose a frame which falls below your eyebrows. This will give you more personality and character. Your eyebrows should not be present in the lenses of your glasses.

Find the frame that best suits your face at the Rockland Eye Clinic!

Now you know how to choose an eyeglass frame according to your face shape. As you have seen, there are other parameters to consider to make the right choice!

On your own, it is not always easy to know which frames to choose. The best solution is to be accompanied by a professional eyewear retailer. He or she will be able to identify your features and what defines your face and will suggest frames that suit you perfectly.

To choose your frames, contact the Rockland Eye Clinic! Our optometrists will be happy to welcome you in our Montreal clinic to help you choose your future glasses and give you a unique and inimitable style.

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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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Se protéger du soleil en style

C’est tellement important de se protéger du soleil. Les rayons UV nocifs sont connues pour augmenter le risque de certaines maladies oculaires comme le cataracte précoce, la dégénérescence maculaire et la pinguecula.

La Pinguecula est une lésion charnue à la surface de l’œil qui résulte d’une exposition prolongée aux rayons UV. Ils sont irréversibles et peuvent parfois s’enflammer.

On doit protéger nos yeux des rayons UV en portant des lunettes solaires toute l’année. Il faut que vos lunettes solaires s’offrent une protection adéquate aux rayons UVA et UVB. Les lunettes avec des verres foncées sans la protection UV sont plus endommageant que de porter rien, surtout pour les enfants et adolescents. Les verres foncées vont causer la pupille de se dilater, qui ensuite laissera encore plus de lumière UV passer jusqu’à la rétine (fond d’oeil).



Ces jours-ci, on peut se protéger du soleil en style! Il y a des nombreuses collections de montures qui s’offrent des lunettes solaires à la mode et flatteur. Plusieurs lunettes solaires peuvent être fait avec une prescription. Nous utilisons des verres ZEISS authentiques et nous allons matcher la teinte et la courbure de la monture, alors personne va réaliser qu’ils sont des lunettes solaires d’ordonnance. Cliquez ici pour magasinez des montures solaires.

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Myopia in children

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Myopia (nearsightedness) in children is increasing at an alarming rate. Myopia is becoming more and more prevalent around the world. By 2050, research suggests that 50% of the world’s population may be myopic.  Myopia is considered elevated as of -6D, at which point the risk of pathologies such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts and maculopathy increases.

There are several risk factors that contribute to the likelihood of developing myopia. These factors include genetics, eye length and environmental conditions.

It’s important to delay myopia onset until after 10 years old because progression of myopia is much faster before the age of 10.

There are 4 elements that we can control in terms of environmental conditions:

  1. Distance of computer and near work
  2. Time spent at computer or near
  3. Adequate lighting
  4. Time spent outdoors

Get Outdoors!

Studies show 1-2 hours per day of outdoor time before myopia onset can provide a protective effect against myopia.

We recommend no screen time for children under the age of 2. Between the ages of 2 and 8, children should be on screens for no more than 1 hour per day. For children over the age of 8, a maximum of 2 hours of screen time per day for leisure (excluding school work) is recommended.


Nutrition is also an important factor that can influence the length of the eye. Foods with high glycemic content are more likely to lead to myopia.


Treatment Options

There are several treatment options available to help control myopia progression, including orthokeratology (wearing hard contact lenses overnight), soft multifocal lenses, pharmaceutical drops and myopia management glasses lenses.

Zeiss offers myopia management lenses that work to stabilize myopia in children. Peer-reviewed studies have shown slower progression of myopia in children compared with standard spectacle lenses. UV protection is standard on ZEISS myopia management lenses, including clear lenses. This feature is particularly important for young patients since their pupils are larger and allow more UV light to reach the back of the eye.


Eye exams at an early age are important in order for the detection and early treatment of myopia, as well as other ocular conditions. Book an appointment at ROCKLAND EYE CLINIC for your child’s eyes today. 



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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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Winter can take a toll on the health of our eyes

Here are some eye safety tips you should consider this winter:

During the winter months, not only does our skin dry up but our eyes are also susceptible to dryness. Our eyes produce less tears in the winter because the cold air holds less humidity. Dry eye symptoms include watery eyes, blurry vision and irritation. Try using a
humidifier this time of year and ensure that the vents in your vehicle aren’t blowing directly at you.

Wear winter goggles for sports. Just like playing tennis or swimming during the summer, we should also be protecting our eyes when playing winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. We should all be wearing sunglasses during the winter to protect our eyes from the UV rays and the glare off the snow.

Overexposure to UV rays, at any time of the year, can lead to many eye health problems, including cataracts, degeneration of the retina, and damage to the cornea.

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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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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

Clinique de l’œil Rockland, tous droits réservés. Les informations contenues dans cet article sont à titre informatif seulement et ne remplacent pas l’avis d’un médecin ou optométriste.

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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