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Eye-Related Chronic Conditions

Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks glands that produce moisture. It is a condition that affects four million people in the U.S., including men and women of all ages. The most common patients are women in their ’40s and ’50s.

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Having type 1 or type 2 diabetes may put you at risk for common diabetes-related eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema (DME), and diabetic retinopathy (damage to blood vessels that lead to the retina), which may lead to retinal detachment.

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Bell’s palsy is a condition in which one side of the face suffers nerve damage, causing severe weakening or paralysis of facial muscles. This immobilization causes a droop on the affected side of the face.

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Graves' disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones causing a number of physical reactions, including weight loss, rapid heart rate, sweating, and changes to bone, skin, and nails. The eyes may be affected through a separate, yet related disease called Graves’ Ophthalmopathy. In Graves’ Ophthalmopathy, the immune system targets the area surrounding eyes and may cause inflammation, redness, achiness, pink eye, eyelid retraction and bulging eyes.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly targets the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation and is a systemic disease meaning it can affect the entire body. As it relates to the eye, rheumatoid arthritis may lead to conditions such as dry eye, scleritis or uveitis.

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