The Dry Eye Zone    
FAQ News Dry Eye Encyclopedia About The Dry Eye Zone Contact
 
   
   
Sjögren's Syndrome
 
IN BRIEF

An auto-immune disease in which the body attacks its moisture-producing glands; Sjögrens Syndrome is the most common cause of severe dry eye.

 
DISCUSSION

For those who have "true" dry eye - that is, aqueous deficient dry eye where the primary problem is lacrimal glands not doing their job - Sjögrens Syndrome is the most common cause. (For more on the different causes and types of dry eye, please see Dry Eye for Dummies.)

Chronic dry eye patients who have a very low Schirmer score may want to consider getting tested for Sjögrens Syndrome, particularly if they experience any of the other symptoms of SS.

Here is a definition of Sjögrens Syndrome taken from the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation website:

"Sjögren's ("SHOW-grins") syndrome is a chronic disease in which white blood cells attack the moisture-producing glands. The hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth, but it is a systemic disease, affecting many organs and may cause fatigue. It is one of the most prevalent autoimmune disorders, striking as many as four million Americans."

 
LINKS

Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation

Sjögrens World

Lynne's Page about Sjögrens Syndrome

MedLine Plus: Sjögren's syndrome

 
support groups

Please see our Healthcare Forums page for links to internet support groups for Sjögrens patients.

 
Google
DryEyeZone    Web
 

The Dry Eye Shop

The Dry Eye Shop

Owned and operated by The Dry Eye Company

 
         
   

 

 

 

The Dry Eye Zone home page The Dry Eye Zone home page