Two future topics on 25 September

The SILMO Academy is back at the start

After a two-year break, the SILMO Academy scientific symposium is taking place for the eleventh time. On Sunday, 25 September 2022, there will be new insights for those interested in the two important future topics of myopia and the importance of good vision in an ageing population.

SILMO Academy 2019
The last time the SILMO Academy was held was in 2019 (Image: SILMO Paris)

In a sector where science is constantly evolving, SILMO Paris said it was important to provide all professionals with access to the latest information, research and experiments to help them understand the challenges and changes in the optical industry.


“Since its creation in 2010, the SILMO Academy has been a place of progress, exchange and reflection for the entire eyewear industry and aims to accompany the optical profession in its pursuit of excellence.”

Myopia and vision in the ageing population

Thus, at SILMO Paris in Paris Nord Villepinte on Sunday, 25 September, from 10:00 to 17:00, there will be free lectures in French and English for interested opticians*. During this symposium, participants will be able to deepen their knowledge and exchange ideas with recognised international experts on two important future trends: Myopia and the importance of good vision in an ageing population. These two diseases, classified as “rapidly increasing” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), posed a global threat to public health and have a strong impact on the work of professionals worldwide.

The SILMO Academy programme

At 10.00 a.m. – SILMO Academy introduction

From 10.10 a.m. – Myopia block

Latest findings on the treatment of myopia

Prof. Mark Bullimore (Scientist, Speaker and Professor of Vision Sciences)

Evaluation of risk factors for the progression of myopia

Olga Prenat (Director of Medical Marketing and Professional Relations, EssilorLuxottica)

Case studies from the ophthalmologist’s perspective

Prof. Arnaud Sauer (Professor and Hospital Physician in the Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospitals of Strasbourg)

Anthropometry of the face, children’s spectacles and lens positioning

Dr. Alicia Thompson (Optometrist and Director of Education, Research and Professional Development of the ABDO)

Refractive error and visual development in the cohort of Bradford-born children

Dr. Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad (Optometrist, awardee of the SILMO Academy Grant 2021)

At 12.40 p.m. – Q&A with the speakers


From 2.15 p.m. – Block “The importance of good vision in the ageing population”

Visual and ocular manifestations of neurodegenerative dementias

Prof. Kelly Malloy (Professor and specialist in neuro-ophthalmic diseases)

Person-centred dementia care in ophthalmic practice

Elaine Grisdale (Director of Development, International Federation of Optometrists)

The changing world of low vision

Prof. Bill Harvey (Professor and Editor, Optician Journal)

Visual ageing, spatial perception and autonomy

Dr. Angelo Arleo (Dr. CNRS & Director of the Chaire SilverSight and the Visual Aging and Action Laboratory, Institut de la Vision Paris & Research Director at CNRS)

The role of visual-podal integration in spatial orientation and mobility in old age

Pierre-Olivier Morin (posturologist, specialist in visuo-planar rehabilitation, Visual Aging and Action Laboratory, Institut de la Vision, Paris, awardee of the SILMO Academy Grant 2020)

At 4.30 p.m. – Q&A with the speakers


Registration for the SILMO Academy lectures on the SILMO homepage.


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