How are sjogren'syndrome and dry eyes different?

Etiology. Sjogren's is classically described as dry eyes and dry mouth. The dry eyes is specifically due to decreased tear production from an auto-inflammatory source. General dry eyes refers to just the lack of tears on the eye surface, and can be due to many different etiologies.
See details. Dry eyes can occur as the of result of several issues including age. Sjogren's is an autoimmune disease in which dry eyes is a prominent feature.

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What are the differences between sjogren'syndrome and dry eyes?

Dry eyes can be from. different conditions that are manageable, and can be easily treated locally. Whereas, Sjogren's is part of an autoimmune disease spectrum involving severe dryness of the eyes, and can involve joint disease, and dry mucous membranes as well and is system wide. Management is more complex. Read more...

How are sjogren'syndrome and dry eyes distinguished from each other?

Big difference. Sjogren's syndrome is caused by an autoimmune disorder and decreases the aqueous or water portion of your tear film. The tear film on the ocular surface has three layers: oil, water (thickest layer), mucus (front to back). Dry eyes are more common and are usually caused by excess evaporation of the tear film (usually due to decreased oil layer and decreased adhesion of mucus layer as we age). Read more...
Sjögren's is a cause. Dry eye is an umbrella term with many underlying causes. Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease associated with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and is a result of the immune system attacking the lacrimal and salivary glands resulting in severe dry eyes and dry mouth. It can be tested by blood tests or biopsy. Read more...

I am a 25y old female with dry eyes, mouth. Have had painful, diffuse swollen parotid, treated for parotitis. Consequent swollen eye.;possible sjogrens?

Could be. The symptoms you describe can very well be related to sjogrens. This disease can be diagnosed with certain laboratory data but often requires a biopsy of the salivary glands located in the lip area (minor salivary glands). This can be done easily under local anesthetic in the office by ENT md's. Read more...
Yes. These are classic signs of sjogren syndrome? Further testing would need to be done to verify this. Read more...
Yes. Yes. Sjogren's syndrome is a definite possibility. You need a thorough evaluation with a rheumatologist as soon as possible. Read more...