All About Contacts

Contact Lenses are a great way to give yourself a new look! However, contact lenses are a medical device and should be treated as such. That means that just like any other medication that is prescribed by a doctor it must be dispensed as written and used as prescribed.
At Golden Vision Clinic, we are your contact lens specialists. We only prescribe the latest silicone hydrogel contact lenses. They have the highest oxygen transmissibility as well as moisture retention.
And when you’re fitted for contacts, you’ll also enjoy
Less distortion of viewed objects

A more realistic size of viewed objects

More efficient eye teaming

No fogging from rain or perspiration

Replace heavy, thick eyeglasses

No head turning to look through center of lens

Contacts and Glasses

Dr. Baron highly advises that contact lens wearers have glasses to supplement their visual needs. But why?

  1. If you lose your contact lenses and do not have a spare pair you have another way of seeing – to work, to drive, and in emergencies.
  2. If you irritate your eyes from over wearing, foreign body irritation, or if there are days when you just cannot or do not want to wear your contacts – you can still see.
  3. You can have a home self-test. At night, you can put your glasses on for an hour or two; during that time your vision should be clear within an hour with your latest spectacle prescription if it is up-to-date. If your vision is not clear, you either need a new spectacle prescription or you are having problems with your contact lenses. In either case, you should be re-evaluated soon.
  4. By wearing your glasses for an hour or two each day, you minimize long-term effects of extensive contact lens wear.

If you are a long term contact lens wearer and you have not had glasses for some time, you may take some time to re-adapt to seeing with glasses again. This is due to the fact that contact lenses offer the minimal amount of optical size changes, distortions, and aberrations. So when you get your glasses your visual world will be different through the glasses. To adapt to this, you should first wear your glasses sitting, and then slowly start walking with them.

Our criteria is to make sure that you have some other means of seeing and the prescription should be at least good enough that you could drive someone to the hospital in case of an emergency.

And don’t forget to BLINK

Blinking is one of the main reasons why contact lenses work! With your blinking you are doing several things.

First and most important, you are making the lens move up and down and in and out with your blinks. When that occurs, new oxygen and fluid are replacing the old underneath the lens, therefore, keeping the cornea healthy.

Second, blinking cleans the lens, just like a windshield wiper.

Third, blinking keeps the lens in position and provides good vision.

Some causes of bad blinking are not wearing glasses, wearing an old prescription and squinting to compensate, or by wearing scratched contact lenses or lenses that do not fit properly. Also, people who should be wearing sunglasses (everyone) and do not, will learn to squint.

  • Adaptation to contact lenses

    For the first couple weeks you are wearing your new contacts, you might notice frequent sudden or deliberate blinking.

  • Normal blinking

    Two to four weeks with your new contacts, your eyes are getting used to them and blinking normally. Everything is looking great!

  • Infrequent and/or partial blinking

    This leads to a syndrome of fogging, red eyes and yellow plaques developing in the corners. This is because these areas are drying out and the blood vessels enlarge to bring more fluids in.

It will take some time to change your blinking habits because they have taken some years to develop. Plus, blinking is an involuntary process and those are hard to change. You should write down on a piece of paper ten specific times you are going to practice blinking each day. (At stop lights, while brushing teeth, during TV, commercials, etc.) This will enable frequent, specific times throughout the day to practice.

Each practice should involve 10 blinks

Blinking should be done to the count of the three (1) close the eye by touching the top lid to the bottom lid (2) pause (3) open again. This will seem a little exaggerated and strange at first, but once you learn to do this it will come naturally.

You should blink about 15 times a minute.

Occasionally place your finger on the outside corner of your lid and blink. With practice you will not feel the pulling, which means it will look natural.

Can I swim with my contacts?

NO, you can not swim with your regular 2 week or 1 month soft lenses or hard gas permeable lenses in

Soft lenses absorb and hold small particles like a sponge. So, if you are in a chlorinated pool, they will absorb chlorine and your eyes will be red and irritated for hours or days. If you go into a river, pond, lake or ocean they will absorb bacteria, viruses, mold, amoeba and you can seriously infect your eyes.

Also, contact lenses are held onto your eye by surface tension. So, if you open your eyes under water, they can easily float away. This is especially true for hard gas permeable lenses.

YES, you can create a system for swimming in contact lenses:

If you wear disposable soft lenses, you normally dispose of your lenses every 2 weeks. Do not throw them away! Put them in a contact lens case, and put several pairs one on top of the other. Keep them moist with OptiFree solution. If you open the case one day and they look like Pringles, do not worry, gently put more solution in the case and let them sit for 2 hours to rehydrate.

Now when you go swimming, boating, to the beach, water skiing, or snorkeling put on an old/spent pair of the saved lenses. Enjoy the water, see your surroundings safely, and have a great time. If you loose one, it is not any real loss. Throw the contact lens away as soon as you are done in the water. Rinse your eyes with OptiFree solution and wait an hour before you put your fresh current lenses back on.

Or you can use 1 Day Contact Lenses the same way. With these lenses you wear them for one day and throw them away. No solution, no storage, no hassle.

OR, you can try some prescription swim goggles!

Prescription swim goggles open the doors (or rather, your eyes) to enjoying many water sports more! Swimming, water skiing, kayaking, rafting, anything wet! See where you want to go without worrying about your contacts. We have several types:

  • Non-RX Goggles for Contact Lens Wearers
  • Stock RX Single Vision Glass Lens Goggles
  • Custom RX Single Vision Glass Lens Goggles
  • Custom RX Single Vision Glass Photogrey Lens Goggles

Contact us for more information – 303-278-20/20
We are your contact lens specialists!

Makeup and contacts


If you put your lenses in first, you’ll be able to better to apply makeup,  and decrease the likelihood of picking up makeup during insertion and getting it on your eye and lens. You’ll also avoid the possibility of smearing your makeup when you put your contacts in.

If you put your makeup on first, and any makeup gets into your eye, you can remove it without removing your lens. However you might smear your makeup when you put in your lenses and have to reapply. A magnifying mirror, with double or triple magnification, or special makeup glasses are assets when applying makeup first.


“Hypo allergenic” products do not contain chemicals that sensitive eyes tend to react to, including lanolin or alcohols. The best products to use would be those that are unscented. You can still be allergic to these types of products.

If you have any reason to believe that your makeup is old, contaminated, or causing an allergic reaction, throw it away.

Since these lenses are not always removed on a regular basis, mascara and the products used to remove eye makeup that get into the eye will also get onto the lens. If eyeliner is used, it must be the water based type.

  • No mascara used. This is acceptable, especially if you have dark lashes.
  • Individual lashes (artificial). These can be applied at home or in a salon.
  • Band lashes can be used, which are applied at home and removed each evening.
  • Apply water based mascara to the eyelash tips only.
  • Lashes may be tinted at a salon.

Here are some guidelines for successfully wearing makeup, while minimizing problems with your contact lenses. Hover over the images to see the tips!


A water base mascara is recommended , because it is easier to remove from lashes.

Never add anything to your mascara to make it last longer. Change every 2-3 months, because of bacteria.

Never apply powder or other substances to your lashes, before or after applications of mascara.

If mascara gets on your contact lens, immediately clean your lens with your daily cleaner.


An oil base or waterproof eye liner will usually remain on your eyelid longer than a water base eye liner. The waterproof type is acceptable to wear, as long as a proper cleaner is used to remove it. Extended wear contact lens wearers need to use a water based eye liner. This should be placed below the bottom row of eye lashes, not above. Also be sure not to put on over the gland openings between your lashes and your eye.


This is not usually a problem, as long as the eye shadow has been properly applied. A sponge applicator, rather than a brush, is recommended to avoid eye shadow flaking in and around your eyes.

Allergies and contact lenses

If your eyes are red, swollen, or itchy, either seasonally or after exposure to certain things, it is likely that you have some allergies that affect your eyes. Some people find that their symptoms can be amplified if they are wearing contact lenses. This is caused by the contact lens retaining any airborne allergens and then the continual exposure while the lens sits on the eye surface.

Avoid using Visine or Murine or any solution that “gets the red out” because they only give temporary relief from redness without solving the problem!

Ways to combat Allergies with contacts in

  • Over the counter antihistamines (Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton)
  • Cold packs to reduce swelling
  • Preservative free artificial tears

Ways to combat Allergies with contacts out

  • Allergy drops Over the Counter (Zaditor, Alaway) or Prescription (Pataday, Lastacaft)
  • Washing out eyes with contact lens solution like OptiExpress

When in Doubt, Take them Out.

If trying all of the options doesn’t help, there is still hope!

With certain prescriptions there are daily disposable contacts available. We can work with you to see if that’s an option. The benefit to those lenses is that you wear them for one day and then throw away! So no re-exposure to allergens building up. And you save on the cost of solution! It is possible to use the daily lenses just for the months that you experience allergies.

Ready to get your new contacts or need more info?

Call the office at 303-278-2020 or schedule an appointment now!