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Have A Cold? Switch To Glasses!

Whether it's low temperature and humidity or more time indoors that facilitate the spread of viruses, winter is the season for colds and flu. Experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry advise those who catch a virus to avoid wearing contact lenses.

"Many people don't realize that their eyes function differently when they're sick," said William "Joe" Benjamin, Ph.D., professor of optometry at UAB. "Tear production is altered, eyes tend to get very dry and pink eye, conjunctivitis or other eye infections may develop. Contacts can aggravate these conditions."

Benjamin says patients who are sick should stick to glasses or switch to daily wear lenses, if possible. People who must wear contacts while sick should clean their lenses daily to inhibit infection.

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