Birth control pills may make wearing contact lenses less comfortable as dry eye problems can be more troubling. What does having dry eyes have to do with wearing contact lenses and birth control pills? It is noteworthy that there is a relationship between dry eye symptoms in woman using oral contraceptives who wear contact lenses. Researchers reported on a study in Cornea where they evaluated the interaction between oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use, contact lens wear and dry eye signs and symptoms in healthy young women. While there were no differences in dry eyes between the phases of the menstrual cycle and no evidence that tear osmolarity-or saltiness-was affected by OCP or contact lens use in the young women, it was clear that the combination of OCP use and contact lens wear together may increase the severity of dry eye symptoms.
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