SILMO Academy : 11th scientific symposium

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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


The International Opticians Association (IOA) will be pleased to offer a one-year membership to each registrant in order to keep abreast of the latest news and developments in the profession worldwide.

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