I started wearing contacts in the fifth grade, and for one reason: I had discovered this incredible (read: awful) silver eyeshadow from CVS, and I couldn't bare to have my glasses cramp my metallic style. Almost 20 years later, I'm still wearing contact lenses daily. While I can't deny how convenient they are, I sometimes wonder if they have any longterm effects. What happens to your eyes when you wear contacts? Can touching your eyes daily affect them? How about covering them up?
Putting contact lenses in feels a little... freaky the first few times. After all, there is really nothing natural about basically putting a clear raincoat on your eyeball for the majority of the hours you're awake. However, you quickly become a pro, and wearing them becomes second nature. (I now pride myself on being able to insert contacts without a mirror.) But I'm also the first to admit that with this increased comfort and convenience came a decrease in attention to the contact-lens-wearing "rules" my original optometrist gave me as a fifth grader, and I'm certain I'm not alone. Brushing up on the mechanics, science, and potential risks of wearing contacts is a useful reminder of the importance of eye care, especially if you depend on them daily.