Natural light is the most pleasing to our eye. Spending time in daylight for about 30 minutes a day stimulates the production of serotonin and vitamin D, which is sufficient for long-term health and for your body to function normally. Being exposed to daylight for least one hour has been shown to reduce the onset and progression of myopia in children. It is recommended by Edita Kondža Krstonijević, MD, ophthalmologist at University Hospital Centre “Sveti Duh.” We receive as much as 90 percent of the information from our environment through our eyes. The eye muscles can work tirelessly day and night and, along with the heart, they are the fastest and most loaded muscles in the body, and we need to protect them. The World Health Organization estimates that out of the 2.2 billion people suffering from eye diseases worldwide, for at least a billion of them the disease could have been prevented.
Thanks to the eyes, it is possible to detect diseases in other systems — the eyes can show us symptoms of diabetes, high blood pressure or rheumatic diseases. Apart from aging and genetic predispositions, eye health is influenced by many other factors over which we have control ourselves, thus preventing disease and improving our health. This is why leading ophthalmologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, otorhinolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, general practitioners, pharmacists and engineers are brought together at X-Lab — the expert research hub by JGL — to analyse the latest research and, by applying a holistic approach, to share with us how to take care of our eye health and why that is important for our whole bodies.