The first Silmo Academy event by the IOA wrapped up in Singapore this month and it attracted optical professionals, academics and trendsetters from around the world.

It brought together top global brands from the Paris show with major optics and eyewear companies from across Southeast Asia.



Elaine Grisdale, IOA's director of development, said: "There is great synergy between the state-of-the-art, avantgarde and ground-breaking optical show which attracts professionals from around the world and within Singapore... Both are beacons of excellence." She praised “the synergy between Silmo and the IOA, the raison d’etre of which is to enhance and develop the optical profession around the world”.

The two-day conference ran alongside a three-day lecture series, with leading experts from around the world. These included Professor Mark Bullimore of the University of Houston, US, who outlined the latest trends in myopia management.



Dr Li Lian Foo of the Singapore National Eye Centre shared her expertise on the future of AI in monitoring myopia progression while Dr Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad of the University of Bradford, UK, detailed research on the genetic origins of myopia. Professor Weizhong Lian of Central South University, China, addressed environmental strategies for myopia prevention and control.

Ms Grisdale thanked Ken Tong, president of the Singapore Optometric Association, and his team for their assistance on the programme. She announced a second Silmo Academy by the IOA is being planned for 2024.