SILMO Academy // The Comeback!

In a sector where science is constantly advancing, it is important for SILMO Paris to give all professionals access to the latest information, research and experiments in order to provide them with an understanding of the challenges and changes in the optical industry.

Since its creation in 2010, this place of progress, exchange, meeting of reflection for the entire optical eyewear industry, aims to accompany the optics-ophthalmics profession in their approach to excellence.

Thus, after an absence of two years, the SILMO Academy scientific symposium is back for its 11th edition, which will focus on « improving the vision and quality of life of the most vulnerable patients. »

from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
– Free sessions available in French and English –
Paris Nord Villepinte

During this symposium, participants will be able to improve their knowledge and exchange with recognized international experts on two major future trends: myopia and the importance of good vision in an aging population. Identified by the World Health Organization as rapidly increasing, these two pathologies constitute a threat to public health on a global scale, generating a strong impact on the work of professionals worldwide.


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10h10 – MYOPIA

Latest updates on Myopia management
Prof Mark Bullimore
Scientist, speaker & professor in Vision Science

Evaluating risk factors in Myopia progression
Olga Prenat
Director of medical marketing and professional relations EssilorLuxottica

Case studies from the ophtalmologist’ point of view
Prof Arnaud Sauer
Professor & hospital practitioner in the ophthalmology department of the University Hospitals of Strasbourg

Facial anthropometry, children’s eyewear and lens positioning
Dr Alicia Thompson
Optician & director of Education, research and professional development for ABDO

Refractive error and visual development in the born in Bradford children cohort
Dr Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad
Optometrist – Laureate of the 2021 SILMO Academy Grant


12h40 – Q&A with speakers

14h15 – The importance of good vision in the aging population
Visual and ocular manifestations of neurodegenerative dementias
Prof Kelly Malloy
Professor & neuro-ophthalmic disease specialist

Person centred dementia care in ophtalmic practice
Elaine Grisdale
Director of development, International Association of Opticians

The changing world of low vision
Prof Bill Harvey
Professor & editor of Optician Journal

Visual aging, spatial cognition and autonomy
Dr Angelo ARLEO
Dr CNRS & Director of the Chaire SilverSight and of the Visual Aging and Action Laboratory, Institut de la Vision Paris & research director at the CNRS

Role of visuo-podal integration in spatial orientation and mobility in aging
Pierre-Olivier Morin
Posturologist, specialist in visuo-plantar rehabilitation, Visual Aging and Action Laboratory, Institut de la Vision, Paris
Laureate of the 2020 SILMO Academy Grant

16h30 – Q&A with speakers

With his unique, multicultural perspective and appetite for new aesthetic experiences, Jun Gobron is delighted to join the members of the jury as President, and to continue writing the history of the SILMO d’Or awards.

Read more about this show on TEF Magazine or visit their website.

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