Effervescence, Creativity and Innovation at SILMO Paris 2022

SILMO Paris 2022 was announced as the recovery edition. The figures are now in, and they surpass all expectations, with a spectacular rise in the number of international visitors and an increase in participation by French opticians, confirming that SILMO Paris is back to its pre-crisis levels.

During the four days of the trade fair, the 750 exhibitors welcomed nearly 27,000 visitors, roughly half from France and half from abroad. In detail, the numbers of French visitors reached 13,462, for an increase of 21% compared to 2021. Foreign visitors, from 146 countries, reached 13,444, up by 107% from 2021.

“These figures demonstrate the appeal of SILMO Paris, a leading trade fair that remains an international platform for business and a hub of interaction for all the professionals in the optical and eyewear industry,” confirms Amélie Morel, Chairwoman of SILMO Paris.

While exhibitors ensure the success of a trade fair through their products, creations, innovations and services, SILMO Paris supports them through its unfailing organisation and a complete ecosystem that showcases, informs, and defends the stakeholders in the optical and eyewear industry. An overview of the highlights of the event:  awards and visions of the future.

SILMO OPTICAL DESIGN CONTEST

Inaugurated this year, the first SILMO Optical Design Contest awarded Adi Abramov, a student at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in Ramat Gan, Israel.

The members of the jury, presided by designer Emmanuel Gallina, unanimously chose his project “Unfoldable. X”, eyeglasses and sunglasses with a sharp, minimalist aesthetic, in recycled plastic, with no screws or hinges, featuring temples that may be detached in a simple step thanks to an ingenious high-tech X-shaped construction.

Adi Abramov’s objective was to create eco-friendly designer frames of which the industrial process rationalises production and limits the use of materials.

International Opticians Association (IOA)

In a partnership with SILMO Paris, the IOA awarded the International Optician of the Year Award at the introduction to the SILMO d’Or awards ceremony. Among the four finalists – Wendy Buchanan (Canada), Grant Hannaford (Australia), April Petrusma (Australia) and Jean-François Porte (France) – the Australian Grant Hannaford won the award.

SILMO ACADEMY, the great comeback

A foremost scientific symposium, SILMO Academy seizes upon societal questions to guide and train opticians in knowledge and progress being made in optical and ophthalmologic matters.

This 11th edition addressed two current issues: myopia and the importance of good vision in an ageing population. Professors, doctors, scientists and lecturers shared their research work and shed light on broad themes:

MYOPIA

  • The latest news about managing myopia

Mark Bullimore, scientist, lecturer and professor in Sciences of Vision

  • Evaluation of the risk factors in the progression of myopia

Olga Prenat, specialist in medical marketing and professional relations

  • Case studies from the ophthalmologist’s point of view

Arnaud Sauer, professor and hospital practitioner at the ophthalmological department of the University Hospitals of Strasbourg

  • Facial anthropometry: glasses for children and positioning of lenses

Dr. Alicia Thompson, optician and director of education, research and professional development at the ABDO

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

Dr. Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad, optometrist, winner of the 2021 SILMO Academy grant

THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD VISION IN AN AGEING POPULATION

  • Visual and ocular manifestations of neuro-degenerative dementia

Kelly Malloy, professor and specialist of neuro-ophthalmic illnesses

  • Patient-centric dementia care in ophthalmic practices

Elaine Grisdale, development director of the International Opticians Association

  • The evolution of the world of low vision

Bill Harvey, professor and editor of the Optician Journal

  • Visual ageing, spatial cognition and autonomy

Dr. Angelo Arleo, researcher at the CNRS and director of Chair SilverSight and the Laboratoire Vieillissement Visuel et Action at the Institut de la Vision Paris

  • The role of visuo-podal integration in spatial orientation and mobility during ageing

Pierre-Olivier Morin, posturologist and specialist of visuo-plantar re-education, Laboratoire Vieillissement Visuel, Winner of the 2020 SILMO Academy grant

Save the Date: September 29 to October 2, 2023.

In the meantime, here are some SILMO Family upcoming events:

SILMO Istanbul – November 17 to 20, 2022
SILMO Singapore – April 12 to 14, 2023

Click HERE for the full press release.

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