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What contact lens wearers should know about dry eye symptoms

If you're a contact lens wearer, you may appreciate the added convenience of doing activities you love, without glasses fogging up or getting in the way. But for many, wearing contacts can also bring challenges.

Contact lens wearers frequently report increased ocular dryness compared to non-lens wearers, a decrease in daily wearing time and ultimately discontinuation of use.

Contact lens discomfort associated with dry eye symptoms is common, so if you've been struggling, you're not alone.

Wearing contacts can be a common risk factor for dry eye disease

While it can be frustrating to deal with itchy or gritty eye symptoms, it's also important to remember that wearing contacts may be one of many risk factors for dry eye disease, which can be caused by inflammation in the eye. Dry eye disease may be up to 4 times more prevalent in contact lens wearers in population-based studies.

Scientists think that inflammation on the surface of the eye may be a possible cause of dry eye. Inflammation is typically an immune system response to stress, irritation, bacteria, or other causes. This is why it's worth talking to your doctor about what else might be going on with your eye health beyond your contact lens use.

If you have recurring dry eye symptoms, ask your eye doctor for help

Dry eye symptoms can keep coming back because of inflammation in the eye, and over-the-counter eye drops, which typically lubricate the eye, may provide temporary relief.

If your dry eye symptoms are persistent, talk to your doctor about setting up a dry eye examination. Your doctor may be able to determine whether your symptoms may be due to dry eye disease or not.

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What is Xiidra?

Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5% is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

Important Safety Information

Do not use Xiidra if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Seek medical care immediately if you get any symptoms of an allergic reaction.

The most common side effects of Xiidra include eye irritation, discomfort or blurred vision when the drops are applied to the eyes, and an unusual taste sensation.

To help avoid eye injury or contamination of the solution, do not touch the container tip to your eye or any surface. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using Xiidra and wait for at least 15 minutes before placing them back in your eyes.

It is not known if Xiidra is safe and effective in children under 17 years of age.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Xiidra?

Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5% is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

For additional safety information, click here for Full Prescribing Information and Patient Information and discuss with your doctor.

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