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. Apart from aging and genetic predispositions, eye health is influenced by many other factors we have control over 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.
“Dry eye is one of many factors that can affect your vision and therefore your quality of life. Being mindful of risk factors, regardless of age, can significantly affect the quality of vision. Everything from maintaining eyelid hygiene, treating allergies and systemic disorders, watching your body weight, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake. In addition to all this, going to see your ophthalmologist is equally important. In this way, a large number of ophthalmological disorders can be detected and treated in time, as a lot of them have almost no clinical symptoms in the beginning," says Dr Tatjana Šarenac Vulović from the Ophthalmology Clinic at the University Clinical Center Kragujevac.