Sjogren's (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disease that most often results in dry eyes and a dry mouth. This condition is an autoimmune disease (a disease in which the immune system turns against the body's own cells) that targets moisture-producing glands within the body. Other parts of the body can be affected besides the eyes and mouth, which can result in symptoms such as:
This condition is usually diagnosed after age 40, and it can affect people of all races and ethnic backgrounds. About 90 percent of people with Sjogren's syndrome are women.