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.
Aug. 04, 2012