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What is Sjogren's Syndrome?

What is Sjogren's Syndrome?

Sjögren’s (“SHOW-grins”) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. There is no linear progression of the disease which makes it challenging for patients and their physicians. While some people experience mild discomfort, others suffer debilitating symptoms that greatly impair their functioning and quality of life.

While many patients experience dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue and joint pain, Sjögren’s can also cause dysfunction of organs such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. Patients with Sjogren’s also have a higher chance of developing lymphoma. Half of Sjogren’s patients suffer in conjunction with other autoimmune connective tissue disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, or Scleroderma.

Sjögren’s is one of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases often misrepresented as a rare disease, it is estimated that there are four million Americans living with this disease. Early diagnosis and proper treatments are crucial in prevention in further complications and improvements in patient’s quality of life.

Symptoms include:
  • extensive dryness
  • profound fatigue
  • chronic pain
  • major organ involvement
  • neuropathies lymphomas Neurological problems, concentration/memory-loss, dysautonomia, headaches
  • Dry eyes, corneal ulcerations and infections
  • Dry nose, recurrent sinusitis, nosebleeds
  • Dry mouth, mouth sores, dental decay, difficulty with chewing, speech, taste and dentures
  • A change in taste or smell
  • Dry or peeling lips
  • Dry or burning throat
  • Swollen, painful parotid/salivary glands
  • Difficulty swallowing, heartburn, reflux, esophagitis
  • Recurrent bronchitis, interstitial lung disease, pneumonia
  • Respiratory issues like shortness of breath, cough
  • Stomach upset, gastroparesis, autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Abnormal liver function tests, chronic active autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable bowel, autoimmune gastrointestinal dysmotility
  • Arthritis, joint/muscle pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy, Raynaud’s
  • Vaginal Dryness, vulvodynia
  • Fatigue, vasculitis, lymphoma
  • Inability to focus or ‘brain fog’
  • Skin sensitivity to UV light
  • And more…

Sjogren's & Dry Eye

When testing for Sjogren’s, Dry Eye disease is the major authenticating factor. With the following tests, we are able to measure the health of your tears, the main element in maintaining lubricated eyes to assess the stages of Sjogren’s and Dry Eye Disease. Its important to answer the following questions to see if Sjogren’s has lead you to Dry Eye Disease:

Ocular Symptoms
  • How long have you been experiencing dry eye?
  • Do you have a foreign body sensation in your eye?
  • How often do you use artificial tears each day?

If you have answered yes to the first two and almost everyday to the last one, we urge you schedule an appointment with us today. The following Eye Tests among others confirm the severeness of Dry Eye Disease:

  • TearLab: Measures tear production & health
  • Rose Bengal and Lissamine Green: Uses dyes to examine the surface of the eyes for dry spots.

Sjogren's & Dry Eye

Our Treatment Options & Tech


Intense Pulsed Light is a treatment for dry eyes. IPL treatment is used in the current (IPL) Dry Eye Procedure to alleviate the pain of Dry Eye. IPL is a pain free procedure. IPL sensors use specific colors of light to relax the skin and minimise itchiness in the ears. IPL is also used to diagnose facial modifications in rosacea, involving redness and burst blood vessels, this is something that machines can do more than to treat the dry eye problems. IPL is effective for dry eyes since it has a number of mechanisms of operation, which are all significant regardless of the cause: IPL energy warms the meibomian glands, allowing meibum to be expressed more easily. The IPL therapy activates the meibomian glands, assisting them in liquifying and releasing clogged oils. This causes the leaking inflammatory mediators to be suppressed, interrupting the vicious cycle of inflammation and enhancing dry eye symptoms.
Care that is non-invasive. It's painless, secure, and easy. Within 45 days, three recovery sessions are scheduled Long-lasting effect of up to three years
The IPL treatment is a simple process that emits special lights at a specific wavelength to serve the purpose. This accelerates the process of eye healing. The treatment is a 16 week plan and each session lasts approximately 15 minutes. To carry out the process effectively, you need expert eye doctors to carry it out smoothly.
After the IPL treatment is done, some of the experiences that you can expect are as followed: Clearer Vision Minimal Eye Drop Usage It increased the LIPID content and structure of healthier tear protein.


LipiFlow is a therapy system that essentially removes obstructions from meibomian glands, allowing them to function adequately. LipiFlow was created to reduce patient pain throughout a 12-minutes procedure that most people describe as gentle eye lid massage therapy. LipiFlow activators include clean, single-use instruments that administer automatic therapeutic energy to the Meibomian glands healthily and comfortably while shielding an eye’s fragile structure


Having talked about the problem and what that does to you, let us discuss one of the ways of how to remedy this situation. It is a latest treatment that helps the eye doctor to manage blepharitis by removing biofilm and bacterial contaminants that trigger inflammatory lid disease and dry eye, as well as enhancing the eyelid’s general health. It has a spinning sponge at the end to remove the bacteria. It is a painless process that takes about 10-15 minutes. The effects of the treatments mostly last for about 4 months. Though a painless and notIt is a complicated process to do. Everyone cannot do this process; you will need the expert and professional to get this job done. Many experts at dry and eye specialty can help you out with this problem.


There is bountiful evidence with omega-3s and eyesight improvements: the overall wellness of the latter is heavily dependent on the maintaining healthy levels of the former. An Omega-3 Index test can determine if you are receiving enough Omega-3. Omega-3 helps keep your eyes feeling healthy and lubricated, and is proactive in preventing any further eye diseases and complications. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce the risk of dry eye and macular degeneration among many other eye diseases. As a bonus, Omega-3s boost brain and eye development during both pregnancy and infancy. A study by The National Center for Biotechnology Information found that “improving maternal DHA nutrition decreases the risk of poor infant and child visual and neural development.” In addition, the study confirmed that “maternal fatty acid nutrition is important to DHA transfer to the infant before and after birth, with short and long-term implications for neural function.”


A quick 60 second, non-invasive & technologically advanced screening you that provides in-depth results on your tear film quality, quantity or gland structure. Providing us, The Dry Eye & Speciality Center with the most in-depth analysis of your eye health. The Oculus Keratograph 5M provides a multitude of features that allows us to diagnose the following conditions with accuracy and precision.
Meibomian gland imaging
Meibomian glands dysfunction is associated as a common cause of Dry Eye. The associated morphological changes in the glandular tissue can be made visible with the Meibo-Scan, provide us with clear path to recovery.
The Oculus Keratograph 5M is able to image the tear film, capturing the fine details through white or infrared illumination. In addition, the TF-Scan can also make an assessment of the lipid layer and the tear film dynamics.
The R-Scan detects vessels in the conjunctiva and evaluates the degree of redness. This eliminates the need for time-consuming comparisons and provides greater reliability during evaluation.


Osmolarity is an important biomarker of ocular surface health. The Dry Eye & Speciality Center utilizes The TearLab Osmolarity System to measure the osmolarity of human tears to aid in the diagnosis of dry eye disease in patients suspected of having dry eye disease, in conjunction with other methods of clinical evaluation. The TearLab Osmolarity System provides a quick and simple method for determining tear osmolarity using nanoliter (nL) volumes of tear fluid collected directly from the eyelid margin. The system is able to essentially asses the health of your tears and notify us of the underlying conditions that are presented with poor tear health

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