Monday, May 12, 2014

Dry Eyes, Contact Lenses & Birth Control Pills

Birmingham contact lens wearers may be interested to learn about the relationship between having dry eyes, wearing contact lenses and birth control pills.  Many of you may not have known that there is indeed a relationship between dry eye symptoms in women using oral contraceptives who wear contact lenses. This correlation was outlined in a study published in the journal Cornea. The study found that dry eye signs and symptoms in healthy young women were common among oral contraceptive pill (OCP) users who were contact lens wearers,. As it turned out, 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. However, the study found that the combination of OCP use and contact lens wear together may increase the severity of dry eye symptoms.

If you or someone you know is bothered by dry eye symptoms and is a contact lens wearer and take oral contraceptive birth control pills, you are encouraged to  schedule an eye examination at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham by calling 205-930-0930, visiting Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or

Michelson Laser Vision and Alabama Eye & Cataract Center are leading eye care centers in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205