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.
The eye muscles can work day and night without rest and, along with the heart, are the fastest and most loaded muscles in the body. The eye is connected to the central and autonomic nervous systems via neuromuscular structures in the ocular cavity as well as the entire visual pathway. And not only that – paranasal sinuses are anatomically closely related to the orbital cavity, and consequently to the eyeball, the eye muscles and the optic nerve. That is why sinuses are very important for eye health and why it is necessary to pay attention to nasal hygiene in order to have healthy eyes, warns Asst. Prof. Ratko Prstačić, PhD, Head of the Department of Phoniatrics, University Hospital Center Zagreb, exclusively for X- Lab JGL.