Bente Monica Aakre

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design
Campus Kongsberg (5310)
I am currently the Head of department, Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design. The main goal of our department is to offer research-based and person-oriented educations for professions that are needed in the society and who enables the candidates for successful careers, in Norway and abroad.

Responsibilities

Head of department
 

Competences

CV

EDUCATION

2009: Ph.D. in recognition of a thesis entitled "Longitudinal assessments of corneal and tear film characteristics after LASIK versus continued contact lens wear", Glasgow Caledonian University, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland

1997: M.Phil. in recognition of a thesis entitled “Swelling kinetics of the corneal stroma under physiologically relevant conditions”. Glasgow Caledonian University, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland

1994: Contact Lens Diploma, Buskerud College (HiBu), Department of Optometry, Kongsberg, Norway

1992: Diploma in Optometry, Kongsberg School of Engineering (KIH), Department of Optometry, Kongsberg, Norway

 

APPOINTMENTS


R&D GRANTS

2016

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Erasmus+, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Capacity Building in Higher Education, Joint Projects: “Optometry CUrriculum for Lifelong Learning through ErasmUS OCULUS”. Contribution: project leader- EUR 946 218

SIU. Eurasia programme 2015. CPEA-2 015/10066 Moldova – Norwegian collaboration program in optometry. Enhancing primary eye health care in Moldova. Contribution: project initiator and initial project leader. NOK 6 000 000

2015

Senter for Internasjonal Utdanning (SIU). Erasmus Plus - Funding for project development 2015. EPLpd-2015/10027 Curriculum building in optometry education to enhance quality and cultural competency of evidence based eye care education internationally. Contribution: project leader. NOK   100 000

Senter for Internasjonal Utdanning. Seed money for the project CPEASM-2015/10015 “Primary visual healthcare in Moldova needs optometrists. Developing an academic education for optometrists”. Contribution: project initiator and project leader. NOK   100 000

Norgesuniversitetet. P19/2015 – «En reise gjennom kroppen - forstå god helse". Contribution: project initiator and initial project leader. NOK   700.000

COMISSIONS

2014 - present. Leader of professional committee – optometry and audiology – The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR)

2006 - present. Member of the Board of Examiners of the European Diploma of Optometry, European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

2005 - 2013. Specialist consultant, contact lens related matters. Norwegian Optometric Association

2004 - 2005. Leader of the board of the Norwegian Contact Lens Committee

2001 - 2008. Member of the board of the Norwegian Optometric Association. Contributed in “Project 2005”: A readjustment process of the Norwegian Optometric Association, which at the time had lost one of their major sources of income. Contribution: Development of new vision and strategies, and decision of areas of focus for the organization based on interviews of a wide range of members in the organization. The process was very instructive and successful and the vision is still valid: The Optometrist: your first contact for better vision

CERTIFICATIONS & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2020 - present: Member of European Qualifications Board for the European Diploma in Optometry and Qualification in Optics, European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

2020 - present: Member of the advisory board for the master program in Optometry and Visual Science at Aarhus University, Denmark

2017 - present: Leader of program group for optometry education in the work of National Curriculum Regulations for Norwegian Health and Welfare Education (RETHOS) - Ministry of Education and Research

2014 - present: Leader of professional committee – optometry and audiology – The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR)

2006 - 2020: Member of the Board of Examiners of the European Diploma of Optometry, European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)

2005 - 2013: Specialist consultant, contact lens related matters, Norwegian Optometric Association

 

 

2004 - 2005

Leader of the board of the Norwegian Contact Lens Committee

 

 

2001 - 2008

Member of the board of the Norwegian Optometric Association. Contributed in “Project 2005”: A readjustment process of the Norwegian Optometric Association, which at the time had lost one of their major sources of income. Contribution: Development of new vision and strategies, and decision of areas of focus for the organization based on interviews of a wide range of members in the organization. The process was very instructive and successful and the vision is still valid: The Optometrist: your first contact for better vision

 

 

2001 - 2004

Member of the board of the Norwegian Contact Lens Committee

Publications

PEER REVIEWED PAPERS

  1. Gjerdrum B, Gundersen KG, Lundmark PO, Aakre BM. Repeatability of OCT-based versus Scheimpflug- and reflection-based keratometry in patients with hyperosmolar and normal tear film. Clin Ophthalmol 2020 14: 3991-4003

  2. Gjerdrum B, Gundersen KG, Lundmark PO, Potvin R, Aakre BM. Prevalence of Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease 5 to 15 After Refractive Surgery.Clin Ophthalmol 2020 28(14):269-279

  3. Brenner LF, Gjerdrum B, Aakre BM, Lundmark PO, Nistad K. Presbyopic refractive lens exchange with trifocal intraocular lens implantation after corneal laser vision correction: Refractive results and biometry analysis. J Cataract Refract Surg 2019; 45(10):1404-1415.

  4. Dumbleton KA, Richter D, Woods CA, Aakre BM, Plowright A, Morgan PB, Jones LW. A multi-country assessment of compliance with daily disposable contact lens wear. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2013; 36(6):304-12.

  5. Doughty MJ, Aakre BM. Further analysis of assessments of the coefficient of variation of corneal endothelial cell areas from specular microscopic images. Clin Exp Optom 2008; 91(4):1-9
  6. Aakre BM, Doughty MJ. Are there differences between 'visual symptoms' and specific ocular symptoms associated with video display terminal (VDT) use? Contact lens&anterior eye 2007; 30 (July):174-182
  7. Doughty MJ, Aakre BM. Central versus paracentral endothelial cell density values in relation to duration of soft contact lens wear Eye and Contact Lens 2007; 33(4):180-184
  8. Aakre BM, Doughty MJ, Helland M, Horgen G, Aarås A, Bruenech JR. Visual discomfort during VDU work after LASIK surgery. Proceedings HCI International, 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Engineering Psychology, Health and Computer System Design, 2005; 1:CD-ROM.
  9. Doughty MJ, Aakre BM, Ystenaes AE, Svarverud E. Short term adaptation of the corneal endothelium to continuous wear of silicone hydrogel contact lenses, after daily hydrogel lens wear. Optom Vis Sci 2005; Jun;82(6):473-80
  10. Aakre BM, Ystenæs AE, Doughty MJ, Austrheim Ø, Westerfjell B, Lie MT. A 6-month follow-up of changing from daily disposable soft contact lenses wear to continuous wear of a high-Dk silicone hydrogel lenses: a Norway-based study Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2004; 24:130-141
  11. Aakre BM, Doughty MJ, Dalane OV, Berg A, Aamodt O, Gangstad H. Assessment of reproducibility of measures of intraocular pressure and central corneal thickness in young white adults over a 16-h time period. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2003; 23:271-283.
  12. Aakre BM, Doughty MJ. In vitro hydration kinetics of recent post-mortem tissue versus pre-dried corneal stromal tissue. Exp Eye Res 1997;65:127-133
  13. Aakre BM, Doughty MJ. Influence of tissue sample dimensions on the swelling of the corneal stroma. Opthalmic Research 1997;29:67-74
  14. Doughty MJ, Aakre BM, Patel S. Hydration (water binding) of the mammalian corneal stroma ex vivo and in vitro: Sample mass and error considerations. Optom Vis Sci 1996;73:10:666-75

ABSTRACTS

  1. Dumbleton KA, Richter D, Woods CA, Morgan PB, Aakre BM, Jones LW. Wearing and replacement patterns of patients using daily disposable contact lenses. American Academy of Optometry annual meeting 2013; 23-26 October
  2. Dumbleton KA, Richter D, Woods CA, Morgan PB, Aakre BM, Plowright A, Jones LW. A multi-country assessment of compliance with daily disposable contact lens wear. British Contact Lens Association Conference 2013; 6-9 June
  3. Svarverud E, Helland M, Aakre BM. Implementing the use of diagnostic drugs in Norwegian optometric practices: educating practising optometrists. European Academy of Optometry and Optics. Conference reports 2013 p. 58-
  4. Aakre BM, Doughty MJ. Swelling kinetics of the corneal stroma in vitro - influence of sample size and drying. Optom Vis Sci 1996;73:12:106