Sjögren's syndrome affects over one million people
throughout the United States and is diagnosed in women and men of all races.
Rarely occurring in children, Sjögren's syndrome is most common in white women
who are in their 40s and 50s. Nine times more women than men have Sjögren's
Sjögren's syndrome may
develop in a person who has a connective tissue disorder, such as
scleroderma, and is then classified as secondary
Sjögren's syndrome. Secondary Sjögren's syndrome develops in 10% to 25% of
people with lupus and in 30% to 50% of people with rheumatoid
It's important for adults to have eye exams on a regular basis to check for problems. Regular eye exams are critical for detecting:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
But everyone needs regular eye exams. This is particularly important if you have risk factors or a family history of eye problems. Children need their vision checked at 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade. Adults should see an eye doctor at least every two years and...
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