Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease which can result in abnormal tear production. Autoimmune diseases have excessive production of antibodies (white blood cells) in the blood that attack various tissues of the body, which leads to inflammation of the tissues. In Sjogren’s Syndrome, the lacrimal glands, which are responsible for tear production, become inflamed. This results in a lack of tears and a feeling of dry eyes. Dry eye treatments can help, but often the patient gets only minor or temporary relief.
Often times, Sjogren’s Disease can result in extremely dry eye.
Scleral lenses are contact lenses that offer constant relief and a feeling of a naturally moistened eye throughout the day. Scleral lenses maintain fluid between the lens and the eye, so that the eye doesn’t feel dry throughout the day. Scleral lenses give very clear vision and even correct for astigmatism. Depending on the situation, Dr. Sobel will treat the dry eye medically or use a scleral lens.