Fairs | June 16, 2016

Silmo Academy

Welcome to the Silmo’s training organization for professionals

words Editorial Staff

Now more than ever, professionals in the optics industry need to develop their knowledge in Vision and Optics in order to better respond to the needs of their customers. Silmo has decided to assist them in this undertaking by creating the Silmo Academy, a training organisation. The theme of the 2016 symposium will be Reading, a key function whose impact on the cerebral cortex is more more extensive than was previously thought, and it will be explored via three sessions.

In line with tradition, this symposium will take place within the framework of SILMO Paris, World Optical Fair on 23 – 26 September 2016 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.
These are the three sessions.

Session 1 – Saturday September 24th – 10am-1pm:
Reading and reading processes
1. Symposium introduced by Pr. Yves Pouliquen, Member of the Académie Française
2. The ophthalmologist’s role by Pr. Christian Corbé, ophthalmologist
3. The neurological processes involved in reading by Pr. Laurent Cohen, neurologist
4. How visual performance supports reading, the orthoptist’s point of view by Brigitte Ekpe, orthoptist
5. Reading from the optician’s perspective by Bruno Delhoste, optician
6. Measuring reading performance on digital devices by Dr Jean Luc Perrin (PhD), researcher
7. The Comédie Française (French National Theatre Company) and reading by Michel Favory, member of the Comédie Française

Session 2 – Sunday September 25th – 10am-1pm:
Children and reading
1. Uncorrected refractive errors and their influence on educational success by Laurie A. Fitz, optician
2. Orthoptics/speech therapy, complementary treatments for children with learning difficulties at school by Chantal Savina Pernes, orthoptist and Annick David-Millot, speech therapist
3. Visual skills and reading: saccadic ocular movements evaluated through DEM test by Dr. Alessio Fachin (PhD) and Silvio Maffioletti
4. How are postural prisms used in the treatment of dyslexia? by N. Midol-Monnet, optician
Adults and reading
1. Reading, visual problems and working life by Caroline Kovarski, (PhD) lecturer
2. Asthenopia and fixation disparity; their impact on near vision / reading by Olga Prenat, optician
3. How to identify the correction cylinder for near vision by Pr. Mo Jalie, lecturer
4. Corneal lenses and binocular vision: an aid to reading by Pr. Langis Michaud, lecturer

Session 3 – Monday September 26th – 10am-1pm:
Older people and reading
1. When reading vision deteriorates at the age of 45, what corneal lens options are available by Pr. Langis Michaud, lecturer
2. Off-axis performance of spectacle lenses in near vision by Pr. Mo Jalie, lecturer
3. Reading and visual impairments; a daily concern for orthoptists by Martine Routon, orthoptist
4. Significance of reading speed in low vision assessment and management by Prema Chande, lecturer
5. Sight impairment and the pleasure of reading by Dominique Martin, orthoptist and Charlotte Gaillard, optician
Reading, a public health challenge
1. Overcoming the challenges facing a public health project by means of optical correction treatments by Pr. Serge Resnikoff, ophthalmologist
2. The effects of tablets, screens and smartphones on reading and their role in the development of myopia by Pr. Langis Michaud, lecturer
3. The history of progressive lenses by Jean Charles Leroux