• Yes, according to experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. "Many people don't realize that their eyes function differently when they're sick," said William "Joe" Benjamin, UAB professor of optometry. "Tear production is altered, and eyes tend to get very dry. People may develop pinkeye, conjunctivitis or other eye infections. The cornea can swell. Contacts can aggravate these symptoms." Dr. Benjamin says people who are sick would be smart to take out their contacts for the duration and stick to glasses. If that's not an option, take contacts out for breaks during the day to let eyes rest, he says, and be extra diligent in cleaning lenses to avoid infection.

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