Dry Eye and Sjogren Syndrome

Scleral contact lenses can help alleviate the discomfort and blurred vision experienced by patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Sjogren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disorder that attacks the glands that make moisture in the eyes, mouth, and other body parts.

Our patient recalled that when she was young, she often would eat champoy (Chinese preserved fruit candy), which helped produce saliva. She noted her mouth was constantly dry. It was not until she was in her 70s and was about to have her cataract surgery done that she was finally diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome. This diagnosis clicked with what she was constantly feeling— dry mouth and dry, grainy eyes.

Sjogren’s syndrome is often associated with other autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or progressive systemic sclerosis. This condition is also more common in females.

Because of the extreme eye dryness, the cornea developed dry spots, creating an irregular surface and affecting vision. Our corneal (clear transparent portion of the eye) surface and tears provide a clear and smooth surface to allow light entering the eyes to focus correctly. When the corneal surface is compromised, the light scatters and can cause blurred vision.

Scleral contact lenses act as the artificial smooth surface of the eye. Our 80-year-old patient was able to achieve 20/25 to 20/20 vision with them. These large gas-permeable lenses are fitted to vault the cornea and are filled with solution before insertion, which can be mixed or replaced with ocular lubricant, and so can help hydrate the eye.

Photo of a patient with Sjögren's syndrome wearing Scleral Contact Lens
Corneal Staining / Dry Spots on the cornea which cause grainy feeling

Scleral contact lenses protect the eye and can provide good vision to patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

To know more if scleral contact lenses can help you, you can schedule a consult with us at 09215452389. Gold Heart Optical Centre is located at 990F E Rodriguez Sr. Avenue Quezon City. You can also send us a message via our Facebook page.

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