Sjögren’s Syndrome

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Sjögren’s syndrome (pronounced Show-grin’s syndrome) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks glands that produce moisture. As it relates to the eyes, Sjögren’s syndrome targets tear glands, causing those who have it to suffer from extremely dry eyes^2^. It is estimated that up to half a million people in the UK are affected by Sjögren’s syndrome but the exact figure isn’t known as many people never go to a GP about their symptoms^1^. However, the people most commonly affected are women in their 40s to 60s^2^.


The cause of Sjögren’s syndrome is not known. In some cases, it may be inherited and has been known to run in families, while other cases have shown it to stem from pre-existing, related diseases^2^.




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