ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Generally, dry eyes don't cause serious problems. However, possible complications include:
- More-frequent eye infections. Your tears protect the surface of your eyes from infection. Without adequate tears, you may have an increased risk of eye infection.
- Scarring on the surface of your eyes. If left untreated, severe dry eyes may lead to eye inflammation, scarring on the surface of your corneas and vision problems.
- Decreased quality of life. Dry eyes can make it difficult to perform everyday activities.
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