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My son has been diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome. He has problem with his eyes. They are constantly dry and this irritates him a lot. I was wondering if I can provide him with some artificial tears for this type of syndrome. Does anyone have any idea? I will gladly hear you out.

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Sjogren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects exocrine glands, like salivary glands and tear glands.  The inflammation caused by the immune system attack produces malfunction of these glands and dry mouth (xerostomia) and dry eyes (xerophthalmia).  In addition to this Sjogren's may have a number of skin and systemic/internal manifestations.

Dryness of the eyes is a very serious condition.  It may result in corneal ulcerations and possibly blindness if not treated.  Certainly artificial tears are a great place to start.  There is now an anti-inflammatory prescription eye drop that is available, that can stop the immune system attack on the tear glands and restore tear formation.  Not everyone is a candidate for using these drops, so a consultation with an ophthalmologist is absolutely required.

In addition, if this is truly Sjogren's syndrome, special attention has to be paid to oral hygiene as lack of saliva is detrimental to teeth and can cause mouth infections.  There is artificial saliva or mouth moisturizers and special toothpastes and mouthwashes made specifically for dry mouth, like Biotene.

Also, there are other conditions that can cause dry eyes, like ocular rosacea, which can be improved with oral antibiotics of the tetracycline class.  That can be determined during the consultation as well.

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