The Chicago Dry Eye Center
of Excellence, Oak Lawn, IL

(708) 229-2200
10320 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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Casey L. Hogan, O.D., F.A.A.O. & Associates

What is Sjögren’s Syndrome? (SHOW-grins)

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Sjögren’s affects about 4 million people in the United States, 3 million of whom have not been diagnosed. It can take some time to diagnose Sjögren’s syndrome, because symptoms can resemble those of other conditions; therefore, it currently takes an average of 4.7 years to receive an accurate diagnosis.

The autoimmune disorder Sjögren’s Syndrome is often associated with dry eye. Sjögren’s Syndrome primarily affects the exocrine glands, which are responsible for producing moisture in the body. Other common symptoms can include dry mouth, fatigue, and muscle pain. It is most commonly diagnosed in women in their late 40s, but can be found in both men and women of any age.

Dr. Casey Hogan is an eye doctor who specializes in
Sjögren's Syndrome ... and Dr. Hogan is also a patient.

The Sjö Test:
Sjö™ is an advanced diagnostic test now available to help your eye doctor determine whether or not you may have Sjögren’s syndrome. Sjo helps to screen patients experiencing dry eye symptoms and helps to detect Sjögren’s syndrome in its early stages, incorporating new biomarkers to provide increased accuracy over prior testing methods.

Should I be tested?
During your visit with the Chicago Dry Eye Center of Excellence, a division of Advanced Eye Care professionals, it may be determined that you may benefit from the Sjo test if you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye including dryness, itchiness, grittiness, and tearing. Dry eye is an early and very common symptom of a condition called Sjögren’s Syndrome. In fact, as many as 1 in 10 dry eye patients also have Sjögren’s Syndrome. The test is designed to help diagnose Sjögren’s Syndrome early. An early diagnosis can ensure proper treatment to help minimize complications. This test is covered by most insurance carriers.                                 
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Casey Hogan of The Chicago Dry Eye Center today!   Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation
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