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A 40-year-old member asked:

If i have dry eyes, does that mean that i have scarred the membrane of my eyes?

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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: Dry eye affects the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye. There is no "membrane" to scar. If the eyes are severely dry the cornea can have chronic changes and scarring can occur. This is rare. If you are concerned see your local ophthalmologist for a better evaluation.
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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Symblepharon, or scarring membranes on the conjunctiva usually happen in severe inflammatory states like steven's johnson syndrome where dry eye is also present. Severe ocular surface disease can lead to corneal scarring, and thus needs to be followed by a corneal specialist.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
No: No.   your tear film is just not adequate to properly lubricate your eyes.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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