tf you have dry eyes you may be eligible to participate in a research study to develop a new screening tool for Sjogren’s Syndrome (SS), an autoimmune disease that often first presents with dry eye symptoms.
Adults Eligible for Study: Ages 18 –99 years
What the study consists of:
- Your initial participation in the study will involve 1-2 visits.
Key inclusion criteria
- A complaint of dry eyes for at least 3 months.
- No previous diagnosis of Sjögren’s Syndrome.
- Be 18 years or older.
Key exclusion criteria
- Participants less than 18 years of age.
- Known diagnoses of: Hepatitis C infection HIV infection Sarcoidosis Amyloidosis Graft versus host disease Cicatrizing conjunctivitis (e.g. from trachoma, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, pemphigoid, drug induced pseudo-pemphigoid, or chemical ocular burns).
Pre-existing lymphoma in patients with no prior diagnosis of SS.
Past head and neck radiation treatment.
Being treated for glaucoma with daily eye drops, has had eye or eyelid surgery within the past year.
Has worn contact lenses within the past week.
Physical or mental condition interfering with the successful participation in this study.
Known diagnosis of rheumatologic disease including Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, mixed connective tissue disease, scleroderma.
Alan Baer, MD
The Johns Hopkins Jerome L. Greene Sjögren’s Syndrome Center
The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Baltimore, MD 21224
For more information contact:
Research Program Coordinator