Sjögren's syndrome (pronounced "show-grens") occurs when the body's immune system attacks the glands that produce moisture in the mouth and eyes, leading to dry eyes and mouth.
Sjögren's syndrome exists worldwide in people from all backgrounds and age groups. Most people with this condition start to notice symptoms in middle age (mid 40s to 50s), but it can affect people of all ages. Women are 10 times more likely to develop the condition than men. Sjögren's syndrome was first described by an ophthalmologist, Dr. Henrik Sjögren, early in the 20th century.
Treatment for this condition relies on providing relief from these symptoms and, for people with severe cases, suppressing the immune system with medication.