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SILMO Bangkok 2018
Ground breaking research to be presented at premier OCT imaging conference
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SILMO Bangkok 2018

July 2018

SILMO Bangkok 2018 proved to be THE trade platform for ASEAN’s optical industry with a record of 3,750 trade visitors from 42 countries

Silmo in BangkokThe first edition of SILMO Bangkok 2018 reflected its success as the gateway to ASEAN’s optical industry. More than 3,750 national and international trade visitors from 42 countries gathered, to explore this new chapter in ASEAN’s optical industry.

Mr. Loy Joon How, General Manager, IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. (“IMPACT”), said, “The theme, ‘Business Meets Fashion’, was reflected through the showcases of the latest trends and eyewear collections from over 250 brands worldwide, including Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, ic! berlin, LINDA FARROW, Miu Miu, MUZIK, Paul Hueman, Stealer, Stella McCartney,

Sunday Somewhere, TAVAT Eyewear and VON ARKEL. SILMO Bangkok 2018 unveiled the SILMO Pop-Up Store, an area featuring dozens of brands and iconic eyewear collections, creating a brand new customer experience.”

“Topcon Instruments (Thailand) Co. Ltd, Langfang Far East Prosperous Optical Instrument Co., Ltd., Ningbo FLO Optical Technology Development Co., Ltd. showcased their latest instruments for examination, diagnosis, treatment as well as optometric instruments for refraction and eye-glass lens processing, whilst Hoya, Thai
Optical Group, Tokai and Zeiss presented their expertise in lens manufacturing with new technologies,” Mr. Loy added.

Fashion in Bangkok show for SILMO
Mr. Jessy Tissot, Sale Agent and consultant of Jeyes, France, who exhibited at SILMO Bangkok 2018, stated “We offer full leather frames, and we are targeting customers in Thailand and the region. However, it is difficult to reach customers in Thailand. SILMO Bangkok is a good platform for us to meet customers from Thailand and the region. That’s why I am here!”

“SILMO Bangkok may be the answer to our business strategy – a springboard for our business to grow in Thailand and the neighboring countries.” added by Mr. Torn Pracharktam, Managing Director, Thai Optical Group Public Co., Ltd.

The Thailand International Optometry Conference 2018, organized by the Association of Thai Optometrists attracted over 550 optometrists and opticians over the two-day accredited program.

With contributions from more than twenty renowned speakers, they explored insights in line with the theme, “Vision, learning, living and entertaining”. Visual development; visual screen technology toward better vision; the science behind lens designs to help patients live, and many other current topics were presented and discussed. In addition, knowledge that could be implemented into optical businesses including successful cases of online eyewear store and digital marketing solutions for optical shops and chain stores, were also shared.

Mr. Loy concluded, “SILMO Bangkok aims to bridge the gap between suppliers and manufacturers of eyewear; lenses; optometric instruments, equipment and machinery; and business services by facilitating business and providing learning opportunities. We look forward to a more vibrant and comprehensive edition next year and we are very excited to be a facilitator in these companies’ journey of establishing and expanding their presence in ASEAN’s optical industry.”
The second edition of SILMO Bangkok will be held on 19-21 June 2019, at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center.

Ground breaking research to be presented at premier OCT imaging conference

July 2018

City of BonnUK practitioners are being urged to book now for the world’s premier optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging conference which takes place in Germany in October.

The 16th International SPECTRALIS Symposium (ISS) will be held on 12-13 October in a landmark building important to German history, the former Plenary Chamber of Germany's Parliament in Bonn, and will provide a broad overview of research and clinical applications supported by the SPECTRALIS product family, with a social evening event for delegates on the Friday evening (12 October).

Heidelberg Engineering Academy events have become known for their atmosphere of vibrant scientific exchange over the years. The scientific programme for the 16th ISS includes a wide spectrum of topics and interactive sessions and will feature presentations from experts from around the world. Presentations topics will include deep learning and artificial intelligence in image analysis, OCT angiography, and OCT in optic neuropathies.

Heidelberg Engineering UK Director, Krysten Williams, explained: “The ISS gives clinicians and researchers the venue and opportunity to share their discoveries and findings in a creative atmosphere.”

She added: “Practitioners who own a SPECTRALIS go to the ISS and discover just how much their SPECTRALIS can do, how it can broaden their horizons and what a worthwhile educational tool it really is.”

“The ISS offers practitioners the opportunity to learn from their peers around the world how they can maximise the potential of diagnostic imaging to improve patient care.”

Among those attending ISS will be Katheryn Escott of Penzer Opticians in Birmingham. The optometrist has used OCT for three years and won a trip to the symposium in a draw at Optrafair in April.

“I was quite amazed to hear that I’d won the competition,” she said. Looking ahead to ISS, she concluded: “I’m always looking to get more knowledge and am really looking forward to finding out about the new developments in the latest technology. I’m particularly keen to find out more about the analysis of images.”

Heidelberg Engineering Academy highlights that booking for ISS closes on September 21 and urges practitioners wishing to attend to book now at


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