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Scleritis usually responds to treatment, but the condition may return. If left untreated, scleritis can lead to perforation of the eyeball, which can cause significant loss of vision.

The long-term outlook largely depends on what caused the condition. Complications are common and can include keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), cataracts (scarring of the lens), uveitis (inflammation of the eye behind the pupil), and glaucoma (elevated pressure in the eye that may lead to vision loss).

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