U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 40-year-old member asked:

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

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 15 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.
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.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
No: No.   your tear film is just not adequate to properly lubricate your eyes.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.