Helle Kristine Falkenberg

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design
Campus Kongsberg (5335)
Helle K. Falkenberg is an associate professor at the Institute of Optometry and Vision Science, University College of Southeast Norway, with particular interest in visual perception, the effect of vision and light on healthy ageing, vision rehabilitation and knowledge translation. She teaches and supervises both undergraduate and post-graduate students, and is the program director of the multidisciplinary Master in Vision Rehabilitation. Falkenberg is a member of the National Center for Optics, Vision and Eye Care where she does research on interdisciplinary cooperation and knowledge translation regarding normal age-related vision changes and lighting, vision problems after stroke, and vision rehabilitation. She has presented at several international conferences. Falkenberg trained and practiced as an optometrist in both Norway and the UK. After her PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University, she did a post-doc in vision rehabilitation at UCL, London. She has worked in Norway since 2007. Helle K. Falkenberg is the president elect for the Norwegian association of optometrist, and a Council member of European Society of Low vision Research and Rehabilitation, Vision 2020 Norway, and a member of the UK College of optometrists. She has been an advisor on several projects regarding vision in older adults, readability of digital interfaces and universal design.

Responsibilities

Competences

Area of interests: Vision, light and ageing, contrast sensitivity, vision ergonomics, motion perception, vision rehabilitation, knowledge translation & interdisciplinary collaboration, vision rehabilitation, ensory loss in ageing

Teaching areas: Visual Perception, Ageing and vision, Vision Rehabilitation, Age-related macular degeneration, Vision and stroke

CV

ORCID Researcher unique identifier: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7532-442X

Puclications in http://www.cristin.no/as/WebObjects/cristin.woa/wa/personVis?type=PERSON&pnr=323466&la=no&instnr=222

Education: PhD in Optometry and Vision Science, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow

Projects: "Et slag for syn" -Improving outcome in stroke survivors with visual problems: Knowledge translation in Kongsberg municipality 

 

Publications

1. Falkenberg, H. K., Horgen, G., Kvikstad, T. M., & Eilertsen, G. (in preparation) Lighting in Old Age II. The indoor lighting situation among 75 year olds living at home related to thriving, health and functioning -an intervention study. Submitting Journal of multidisciplinary healthcare  2017

 2. Falkenberg, H. K., Langaas, T., & Svarverud E. (in preparation) Undetected vision problems among School Children Aged 7-15 Years. Submitting Investigative ophthalmology and vision science 2017

3. Svarverud E., Langaas, T., & Falkenberg, H. K., (in preparation) The Effectiveness of Vision Screening for Visual Problems in School Children

4. Falkenberg, H. K., Langeggen, I. Ormstad, H. K. and Eilertsen, L. G. (in preparation) Improving outcome in stroke survivors with visual problems: Knowledge translation in a multidisciplinary stroke unit

5. Langeggen, I., Ormstad, H. K., Eilertsen, L. G., and Falkenberg, H. K. (in preparation) Vision function in stroke patients.

6. Mork, R., Fostervold K. I., Falkenberg H. K., Thorud H.-M. S. (in preparation) Visual and psychological stress during computer work in young, healthy women; the effects on trapezius muscle blood flow and muscle activity, heart rate and fixation disparity. (part of Mork’s PhD Thesis due Dec 2017 )

7. Mork, R., Fostervold K. I., Falkenberg H. K., Thorud H.-M. S. (in preparation) Visual and psychological stress during computer work; the effects on self-reported symptoms and moods in young, healthy women. (Submitted International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health)

8. Vikesdal, G. H., Falkenberg, H. K., Mon-Wiliams, M., Riddell, P. M., Langaas, T. (in preparation) Children with dyslexia have less stable fixation than their peer.

9. Falkenberg H.K. and Eilertsen, G., (2017) Quality of Light – Quality of Life. In Zielinska- Dabkowska, K.M; Rohde, M.F. (Eds), New Perspectives on the Future of Healthy Light and Lighting in Daily Life. Callidus. Verlag wissenschaftlicher Publikationen, Wismar 2017, p. 52-55. 

10. Hushovd, I-L., Falkenberg, H. K., Kristiansen, B. E. & Sundling V. (2017) Små barn med synssvekkelser i en digital verden. Spesialpedagogikk. 4:36-48

11. Eilertsen, G., Horgen, G., Kvikstad., T. M., & Falkenberg, H. K. (2016) Happy living in darkness! The indoor lighting in relation to activities of daily living, visual and general health in 75-year olds living at home. Journal of the housing for the elderly. J Hous Elderly. 30:2, 199-213 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02763893.2016.1162256

12. Joshi, M. R. & Falkenberg, H. K. (2015) Development of Optic Flow Sensitivity in School-aged Children of Kathmandu. Vision Research, 110, 68-75 10.1016/j.visres.2015.03.006

13. Falkenberg, H. K., Dutton, G. N., Simpson, W. A., (2014) Motion sensitivity in school-aged children with normal visual development. Vision Research 100, 8-17 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.visres.2014.04.001

14. Bogfjellmo, L-G, Bex, P. J. and Falkenberg, H. K. (2014) The development of global and local motion discrimination in school aged children. Journal of Vision 14(2) 19; doi:10.1167/14.2.19

15. Bogfjellmo, L-G, Bex, P. J. and Falkenberg, H. K. (2013) Reduction in Direction Discrimination With Age and Slow Speed Is Due to Both Increased Internal Noise and Reduced Sampling Efficiency. Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science 54:5204-5210

16. Horgen, G., Eilertsen, G., and Falkenberg, H. K (2012) Lighting Old Age-how lighting impacts the ability to grow old in own housing, part one. Work, 41, 3385-3387

17. Burner, T., Baraas, R. C., and Falkenberg, H. K. (2011) Studentaktive vurderingsformer i norsk lærer- og optometriutdanning, Uniped, 34, 1, 44-57

18. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P. J. (2007) Sources of Motion Sensitivity Loss in Glaucoma, Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science 48 (6): 2913-21

19. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P.J. (2007) Contextual Modulation of the Motion Aftereffect, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33 (2): 257-70

20. Falkenberg, H. K., Rubin G. and Bex, P.J. (2007) Acuity, Crowding, Reading and Fixation Stability, Vision Research 47(1):126-35

21. Bex, P.J. and Falkenberg, H. K. (2006) Resolution of Complex Motion Detectors in Central and Peripheral Visual Field, JOSA, 23, 1598-1607

22. Simpson, W. A., Falkenberg, H. K, Manahilov,V. (2003). Sampling efficiency and internal noise for motion detection, discrimination, and summation Vision Research, 43, 2125-2132

23. Pearce EI, Tomlinson A, Blades KJ, Falkenberg HK, Lindsay B, Wilson CG (2002), Effect of an oil and water emulsion on tear evaporation rate In, Lacrimal Gland, Tear Film and Dry Eye Syndromes 3. DA Sullivan et al (Eds)   Adv Exp Med Biol, 506, 419-23.

24. Falkenberg, H. K., (2005) An ideal observer approach to development of motion perception in normal and abnormal vision. Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Optometry and Vision Science, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow (UK).

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Berndtsson, I., Falkenberg, H. K. (2016) Skapa kunskap tillsammans – tvärvetenskaplig masterutbildning. Nya Synvärlden (1) s. 8-10

Falkenberg, H. K., Berndtsson, I., (2016) Ny tværvidenskapelig masterutdannelse. Optikeren -Danmarks Optikerforening 3) s. 48-49

Falkenberg, H. K., Berndtsson, I., (2016) Å skape kunnskap sammen –tverrvitenskapelig masterutdanning.. Optikeren (2) s. 54-55

Åsmul, J, Falkenberg, H. K., Olsen, S. (2016) Nof bidrar til økte lønninger og trivsel på jobb! Optikeren 2016 (4) s. 40-42

REFEREED CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

1. Falkenberg, H. K., Langeggen, I. Ormstad, H. K. and Eilertsen, G., (2017 Stroke patients – do they need to see clearly? Vision2017 25-29. June, The Hague, Holland Accepted

2. Langeggen, I., Eilertsen, G., Ormstad, H. K. and Falkenberg, H. K. (2017) Stroke rehabilitation should include visual examination in acute and early rehabilitation in multidisciplinary stroke units. Vision2017 25-29. June, The Hague, Holland Accepted

3. Hustuft, I-L., Falkenberg, H. K., Kristiansen, B. E. and Sundling V (2017) Preschool children with visual impairments - included in the digital world? Vision2017 25-29. June, The Hague, Holland Accepted

4. Benonisen, S., Falkenberg, H. K., Kristiansen, B. E. and Sundling V (2017) Young children with blindness in a universe of digitally tools.

Vision2017 25-29. June, The Hague, Holland Accepted

5. Mork, R., Fostervold K. I., Falkenberg H. K., Thorud H.-M. S. (2017) Computer work with exposure to direct glare and psychological stress 49th Annual Conference of Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society, 20-23. August Lund, Sweden. Submitted

6. Langeggen, I., Eilertsen, G., Ormstad, H. K., Mathisen, T., Midskogen, A-I. H. and Falkenberg, H. K. (2016) Knowledge translation of vision rehabilitation in a multidisciplinary stroke unit. Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science Volume 9 s 16

7. Mork, R., Fostervold, K. I., Falkenberg, H. K. and Thorud, H-M. S. (2016) Exposure to Direct Glare during Computer Work and increased Muscle Blood Flow in the Neck. Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science Volume 9 s 17

8. Falkenberg, H. K., Langeggen, I. Ormstad, H. K. and Eilertsen, G., (2016) Improving outcome in stroke survivors with visual problems: Knowledge translation in a multidisciplinary stroke unit intervention study American academy of optometry, USA 9-12 November, Anaheim USA Nov 2016

9. Mork, R., Fostervold K. I., Falkenberg H. K., Thorud H.-M. S. (2016) How does direct glare and psychological stress affect young women during computer work? NES2016 - ERGONOMICS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE - Proceedings of 48th Annual Conference of Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society, 241-244 ISBN 978-952-61-2192-5

10. Falkenberg, H. K., & Eilertsen, G. (2015) Happy living in darkness- even happier living in the light. Older Norwegians experience improved ability to perform activities of daily living with improved indoor light. Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science Volume 8 s. 4-4

11. Bogfjellmo, L-G, Bex, P. J. & Falkenberg, H. K. (2014) Direction discrimination of global motion low contrast patterns in school aged children Investigative ophthalmology and visual science, 55:2742

12. Falkenberg, H. K., Langaas, T., & Svarverud E. (2014) Outcomes of Large Sample Vision Screening among School Children Aged 7-15 Years in Norway Investigative ophthalmology and visual science, 55:5570

13. Svarverud E.,  Langaas, T., & Falkenberg, H. K. (2014) The Effectiveness of Vision Screening for Visual Problems in School Children Investigative ophthalmology and visual science, 55:5570

14. Falkenberg, H. K., Dugstad, J. H., Eilertsen, L. G.,  Langeggen, I. and Ormstad, H. K. (2013) Improving vision care among older people: Training programs to enhance competence among multidisciplinary hospital and nursing home staff. Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science Volum 6.(2) s. 2-2

15. Falkenberg, H. K., Langeggen, I. and Dugstad, J. (2013) Is the vision care provided to Norwegian nursing home residents adequate? Journal of Nutrition, health & ageing 17, s178

16. Egilsdottir, O., Falkenberg, H. K. Horgen, G., & Eilertsen, G. (2013) Lighting old age: Age-related vision changes require increased lighting and universal design. Journal of Nutrition, health & ageing, 17, s164

17. Eilertsen, G., Horgen, G., Kvikstad, T. M. Egilsdottir, O. & Falkenberg, H. K. (2013) Happy living in darkness: The indoor lighting at home in relation to activities of daily living and health - a descriptive study Journal of Nutrition, health & ageing, 17, s164

18. Falkenberg, H. K., Horgen, G., Kvikstad, T. M. Egilsdottir, O. & Eilertsen, G. (2013) Happier living in the light: The effect of optimizing the indoor lighting on activities of daily living and health - an intervention study study Journal of Nutrition, health & ageing, 17, s164

19. Bogfjellmo, L-G, Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P. J. (2012) Global motion perception at low speed is reduced due to increased internal noise and reduced sampling efficiency in young, mid-aged and old observers. Perception 41 ECVP E-Abstract 53

20. Joshi, M. R. and Falkenberg, H. K. (2012) Development of Optic Flow Sensitivity in School-aged Children of Kathmandu. Perception 41 ECVP E-Abstract 161

21. Bogfjellmo, L-G, Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P. J. (2011) How does speed affect sampling efficiency and internal noise in a motion discrimination task? Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science 4.(2) s. 17-18

22. Bogfjellmo, L-G, Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P. J. (2011) How does directional noise limit global sensitivity in ageing? Perception 40 ECVP Abstract Supplement, page 93

23. Eilertsen, G., Falkenberg, H. K., Horgen, G., (2010) Lighting in old age -does lighting affect healthy ageing at home? 20th Nordic congress of gerontology & geriatrics, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 2010

24. Bogfjellmo, L-G, Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P. J. (2010) Is global motion processing limited by increased contrast noise?, SJOVS: 3: 25-26

25. Falkenberg, H.K., Simpson, W.A., & Dutton, G. N. (2010) Does Motion Discrimination Sensitivity in Children Aged 5-14 Years Improve After 1 Year? Investigative ophthalmology and visual science 51:1839

26. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P. J. (2009) Impaired motion sensitivity in ageing and patients with glaucoma and age-related macula degeneration, Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science, 2:10

27. Falkenberg, H. K, Langeggen I., and Dugstad J. (2009) Vision and hearing loss in Norwegian nursing home residents – do we provide appropriate care? Journal of Nutrition, health & ageing 13:S1: E-abstract SB7 130-2

28. Falkenberg, H. K., I. Langeggen, and J. Dugstad (2009) Vision and Hearing Loss in Nursing Home Residents: Do We Care? Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 50: E-Abstract 3205.

29. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P. J. (2008) Motion sensitivity across the visual field in ageing and in patients with visual field loss Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science:1:16

30. Langeggen, I. and Falkenberg, H. K., (2008) Visual function among residents of Eikertun nursing home, 19th Nordic congress of gerontology, Oslo May 2008

31. Falkenberg, H. K., Simpson, W. A and Dutton, G. N. (2008). Sampling Efficiency and Internal Noise in Young Patients With and Without Symptomatic Visual Motion Impairment, Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008 49: E-Abstract 2890

32. Langeggen, I. and Falkenberg, H. K., (2008) Impaired vision among elderly living in a nursing home in Norway, Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 49: E-Abstract 4118

33. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex, P. J. (2007) How does letter identification change with time and crowding? Perception 36 ECVP Abstract Supplement

34. Falkenberg, H. K. and Dugstad J. (2007) Evaluation of the eye health care and vision conditions provided to nursing home residents in Norway, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007 48: E-Abstract 2390

35. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex P. J. (2006) The visual system exploits the contrast distribution in natural scenes Perception 35 ECVP Abstract Supplement

36. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex P. J. (2005) Equivalent-noise analysis of optic-flow patterns across the visual field. http://www.perceptionweb.com/ecvp05/0592.html

37. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex P. J. (2005) Does the location of visual field loss change mobility and fixation behaviour when walking an unfamiliar environment? Journal of Vision, http://journalofvision.org/5/8/307/

38. Falkenberg, H. K. and Bex P. J. (2005) The Impact of Central and Peripheral Visual Field Loss on Eye Movements and Mobility While Walking Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2005 46: E-Abstract 4608

39. Falkenberg, H. K. and P. J. Bex (2004) Perception of expanding optic flow patterns across the visual field. Journal of Vision4(8), 605a, http://journalofvision.org/4/8/605/, doi:10.1167/4.8.605.

40. Falkenberg, H. K. and P. J. Bex (2004) Motion perception across the field. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2004 45: E-Abstract 4361

41. Simpson, WA, Falkenberg, HK, Manahilov, V. (2003). A “hard threshold” in detection, summation, and direction discrimination, Journal of vision, 3(9), 538a, http://journalofvision.org/3/9/538/, doi:10.1167/3.9.538

42. Falkenberg, HK, Simpson, WA, Manahilov, V. (2002). Internal noise and sampling efficiency for motion detection, discrimination and summation,  Journal of vision 2(7), 645a, http://journalofvision.org/2/7/645/, doi:10.1167/2.7.64

43. Falkenberg, HK, Simpson, WA, Manahilov, V. (2002). Development of sampling efficiency and internal noise in motion detection and discrimination, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci (43) E4727

44. Simpson, WA, Falkenberg, HK, Manahilov, V.  (2001) “Detection, discrimination and summation of moving gratings in noise” Perception 30 (supplement), 98.

45. Pearce EI, Tomlinson, A, Blades, KJ, Falkenberg HK, Lindsay, B, Wilson, CG, (2000) “Effect of an oil and water emulsion on tear evaporation rate”, Cornea, 19(6), pS114

46. Pearce EI, Falkenberg HK, Oppedal T, (1999) “The effect of blink rate, eye movement and gaze position on tear evaporation rate”, IOVS 40(4).

REFEREED CONFERENCE PAPERS

1. Langeggen, I., Eilertsen, G., Ormstad, H. K. and Falkenberg, H. K. (2017) Stroke rehabilitation should include visual examination in acute and early rehabilitation in multidisciplinary stroke units. Vision2017 25-29. June, The Hague, Holland Accepted

2. Hustuft, I-L., Falkenberg, H. K., Kristiansen, B. E. and Sundling V (2017) Vision2017 25-29. June, The Hague, Holland Accepted

3. Benonisen, S., Falkenberg, H. K., Kristiansen, B. E. and Sundling V (2017) Young children with blindness in a universe of digitally tools. Vision2017 25-29. June, The Hague, Holland Accepted

4. Falkenberg, H. K., and Eilertsen, G., (2016) Quality of Light – Quality of Life. 5th International Lighting Symposium, 13 Oct 2016, Wismar, Germany

5. Mork R., Fostervold K. I., Falkenberg H. K., Thorud H.-M. S. (2016) How does direct glare and psychological stress affect young women during computer work? NES2016 - ERGONOMICS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE, Finland August

6. Falkenberg, H. K., & Eilertsen, G (2015) Improved quality of light – improved quality of life: older Norwegians experience improved visual and general health and ability to perform ADL with improved indoor lighting. 21st International congress of gerontology & geriatrics, Thailand, October 2015

7. Eilertsen, G & Falkenberg, H. K. (2015) Quality of light – quality of life: 21st International congress of gerontology & geriatrics, Thailand, October 2015

8. Falkenberg, H. K., & Eilertsen, G (2015) Happy living in darkness - even happier living in the light. Older Norwegians

experience improved ability to perform activities of daily living & quality of life with improved indoor lighting. Kongsberg Vision Meeting, November 18th, Kongsberg Norway

9. Falkenberg, H. K., Dugstad, J. H., Eilertsen, L. G.,  Langeggen, I. and Ormstad, H. K. (2013) Improving vision care among older people: Training programs to enhance competence among multidisciplinary hospital and nursing home staff. Kongsberg Vision Meeting, 10.\ December, Kongsberg Norway

10. Falkenberg, H. K., Horgen, G., Eilertsen, G., (2013) Happy living in darkness! Lighting in old age is related to thriving and healthy ageing in 75 year old Norwegians. Chair: Falkenberg, H. K. Symposia, 20th International congress of gerontology & geriatrics, Korea, June 2013

11. Falkenberg, H. K. (2013) Vision and hearing impairments in older people – who cares? Symposia Is the vision care provided to Norwegian nursing home residents adequate? 1 of 3 talks Chair: Grue, E.V Symposia, 20th International congress of gerontology & geriatrics, Korea, June 2013

12. Eilertsen, G., Falkenberg, H. K., Hauge, H., Eigilsdottir, Ø, Horgen, G.,(2010) Lighting in old age -does lighting affect healthy ageing at home? 20th Nordic congress of gerontology & geriatrics, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 2010

13. Falkenberg, H. K. (2009) Vision and hearing loss in Norwegian nursing home residents – do we provide appropriate care? 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, July 2009

14. Falkenberg, H. K. & Bex, P. J.,(2009) Impaired motion sensitivity in normal ageing and in patients with glaucoma and age-related macula degeneration. Kongsberg Vision Meeting 2009. Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science 2, pp. 7

15. Falkenberg, H. K. & Bex, P. J., (2008) Motion sensitivity across the visual field in ageing and patients with visual field loss Kongsberg Vision Meeting 2008. Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science 1, pp. 16

16. Falkenberg, H. K. & Langeggen, I., and Horgen G. (2008) Is the vision care provided to Norwegian nursing home residents adequate? 19th Nordic congress of gerontology, Oslo May 2008