Organisers of Opti highlighted the importance of reuniting with industry colleagues, trying on eyewear and testing equipment after the exhibition returned to Munich on May 13-15.

Visitor and exhibitor numbers were significantly lower when compared to pre-pandemic levels, with 13,000 visitors from 71 countries and 368 exhibitors from 25 countries in attendance. In 2019, the show had 28,000 visitors and 631 stands.

However, organisers GHM were positive about the delayed event given the challenges of Covid-19 and said it was an emotional experience to welcome people back.

Dieter Dohr, chair of the GHM, said: ‘The conditions were not easy and we are delighted to see how many have deliberately chosen the May edition. Visitors, exhibitors, trade show specialists – like never before, the focus was on bringing together all the stakeholders in Opti and conducting exchanges between everyone. At this spring Opti, everyone once again became fully aware of what we have missed over the last two years.’

Eyewear and equipment companies were spread across four halls, with Thélios among first-time exhibitors as well as new eyewear brands created during Covid-19.

‘Holding Opti was an important signal and the right first step. In times of global change and challenges, sustainable discussions are a fundamental need. Now more than ever, it is important to find new solutions and opportunities together and through exchanges with all,’ Dohr added.

In 2023, Opti will take place between January 27-29.