A 25-year-old member asked:
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i have sjogrens. i know dry eyes is a symptoms. but i'm getting styes and infections quite often.. that normal?

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Dr. Theodore Wu
22 years experience Ophthalmology
Sjogrens: Sjogrens syndrome is associated with dry eye and dry mouth. Severe dry eye can be treated with artificial tears, such as theratears, ointments, such as refresh pm or genteal gel, a tear stimulating prescription eyedrop called restasis, and/or punctal plugs. Very dry eyes are more susceptible to infection since a healthy tear film protects the eye from infection.
Answered on Jul 2, 2013
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Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
May be related: Why do you have these is the question. Your ophthalmologist can help clarify this and you need to have this done. It also depends what systems your sjogren's invovles and how it can be related to these.
Answered on Sep 30, 2020
Dr. Beth Friedland
42 years experience Ophthalmology
Try fish oil supplem: You have less effective tears, but sometimes fish oil or increased omega 3 fatty acid supplementation will help balance the tears and reduce styes. A low dose of Doxycycline 20-50 mg daily can also help.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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Dr. Jay Bradley
18 years experience LASIK Surgery
Blepharitis: Your description sounds like you have blepharitis in addition to sjogren's. This is very common. I would try artificial tears frequently during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, see an eye doctor.
Answered on Jun 5, 2017
Dr. William Dieck
38 years experience Ophthalmology
Possibly: Dry eye disease from sjögren's syndrome usually results from decrease production of the watery middle layer of the tear. Dysfunction of meibomian glands in the lid can result in evaporative dry eye with a poor oily (lipid layer) of the tear (slower evaporation) sticky/clogged meibomian glands tend to allow bacteria to grow and cause styes. Google lipiflow. This is a possible treatment modality.
Answered on Feb 14, 2013

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