Sjögren's Syndrome

Quick Facts:

 

  • Sjögren's syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disorder that is generally diagnosed by two main symptoms - dry eyes and a dry mouth. Fatigue, pain, and neuropathies can sometimes present in Sjögren's patients.

  • Diagnosing Sjögrens can be difficult and patients often wait three years from onset of symptoms until a diagnosis is confirmed. 

  • Dry eyes will feel gritty, irritated, red and the sensation that something may be in your eye. A dry mouth may feel like there is cotton in your mouth, making speech & swallowing difficult. 

  • Women are more likely to have Sjögrens with 9 out of every 10 patients being female. Most patients diagnosed are over the age of 40 and having a rheumatoid disorder (such as arthritis or lupus) puts you at higher risk.

 

Treatment:

 

Treatment is geared towards decreasing dry eye symptoms on a daily basis. Because the cause of the dry eye is systemic there is no cure. 

 

  • Prescription drops such as Restasis or Xiidra have been found to improve dry eye symptoms. Artificial tears may be needed throughout the day along with an ointment and mask at night. The Tranquileyes XL mask was created by Eye - Eco to specifically help those patients with Sjögrens disease. 

  • Punctal plugs which help block the drainage of tears from your eyes may also be beneficial for patients suffering from dry eye symptoms. These are inserted in office by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist. 

  • Using a humidifier at home and at the office will also help with symptoms. Increasing water intake to 6-8 glasses a day along with a high grade omega 3 supplement (PRN) can also help with symptoms.

  • Our Sjögren's treatment package helps you begin the path to symptom reduction and can be found here. We recommend visiting your eye care professional regularly 

For more information visit : https://www.sjogrens.org/

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