What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder, where the body’s immune system does not work as it should. There are around half a million diagnosed sufferers in the UK, although it is likely to affect many more. This disorder affects mucus membranes, such as eyes, nose and mouth. These are areas that need to stay moist to prevent infection. This can be a lifelong condition, although it is usually discovered in people over 40.
Symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome:
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
You can suffer from these symptoms and still not have the condition. You should visit a doctor if you suffer prolonged experience of these symptoms.
People More Likely to Have Sjogren’s Syndrome
- 90% of those with Sjogren’s are female
- More likely to be diagnosed between 40 and 60
Treatment for Sjogren’s Syndrome
There is currently no known cure for the disorder. The symptoms are manageable through using prescribed eye drops and drinking more water. Prescriptions and operations may be necessary in more extreme cases.
How Does It Affect Daily Life?
-Those suffering from Sjogren's are more at risk of an eye or throat infection. They have less of a barrier protecting their eyes and throat from harmful bacteria.
-Your vision is also at risk if you suffer from Sjogren’s syndrome. Dry eyes can become more sensitive to light as well as a higher chance of developing corneal ulcers.