What does having dry eyes have to do with wearing contact lenses and birth control pills? Can birth control cause dry eyes? As it turns out, there is indeed a relationship between dry eye symptoms in women using oral contraceptives who wear contact lenses. A 2014 study published in the journal Cornea examined the relationship between oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use and dry eye signs and symptoms in healthy young women. As it turned out, there were no differences in dry eye symptoms between the phases of the menstrual cycle and no evidence that tear osmolarity (saltiness) was affected by OCP or contact lens use in the young women. However, the study found that the combination of OCP use and contact lens use may increase the severity of dry eye symptoms.
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