Today is World Sjögren’s Day which commemorates the birthday of Dr. Henrik Sjögren, a Swedish ophthalmologist who first identified this disease in 1933. Sjögren’s syndrome is a serious, progressive autoimmune disease affecting approximately 4 million people in the US, 75% of whom are still undiagnosed! Dry eye is a common early symptom and as many as 1 in 10 dry eye patients may have Sjögren’s syndrome.
World Sjögren’s Day aims to bring organizations across the world together to raise awareness about Sjögren’s syndrome and also to stress the need for further research and new diagnostics and treatments.
Unfortunately today, it takes on average 4.7 years for a symptomatic patient to receive a formal diagnosis of Sjögren’s syndrome. Nicox Ophthalmic Diagnostics and the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation are committed to helping patients and health care providers, specifically eye care professionals, reduce this time.
For more information about Sjögren’s syndrome please call us at 636.728.0111 or visit www.sjogrens.org.