Colour Vision & Retinal Imaging Lab

We apply an interdisciplinary approach to studying how vision develops and changes with age. This includes normal variation as well as inherited and age-related changes. We combine experimental and clinical psychophysics with high-resolution retinal imaging, and genetics. We also include environmental and biological factors related to daylight exposure throughout the year and day, physical activity and sleep pattern in some of our projects.


Our research

Our interests are within the field of normal and deficient colour vision (colour-vision deficiencies and colour blindness/achromatopsia); visual optics and the development of the eye and refractive errors; the functional implications of normal, inherited and age related structural changes in the eye’s photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelium cell layer and how this relates to how we see colour, pattern/details and motion, as well as sensitivity to light and dark.

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Current projects

Visual optics: development of refractive error and accommodation

  • The interplay between nature and nurture in myopia development (adolescents and young adults aged 16–24 years).
  • Prediction of myopia development by cone opsin genes, colour vision and the prevailing illuminant (adolescents aged 16–19 years).
  • Paraxial and wide-field ray-trace modeling of the human eye at different ages based on swept-source OCT imaging and wide-field wave front measurements.
  • Southeast Norway Vision and Visuomotor Study (The SNOW Study)

The retina and visual function in health and disease

  • Understanding variation in retinal structure by live imaging of retinal photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium cells and its implications on visual function.
  • Identification of new targets for the treatment of ocular diseases by live imaging of the human eye.
  • Automatic retinal image analyses for early detection of eye diseases.
  • Rare eye diseases: retinal structure and visual function (aniridia, inherited retinal degenerations).

Group leader/ Head of lab

Senior Scientists

Junior Scientists

Master students

  • Åshild Horjen (AMD)
  • Mira Järvinen (Retinoschisis)
  • Ragnhild Bjørgum (Aniridia)
  • Jyri-Valtteri Vestervik (Myopia)
  • Oskari Lehvonen (Myopia)
  • Helene Lindgren (Myopia)

Academic collaborators

  • Maureen and Jay Neitz, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • Christine Wildsoet, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Michael Larsen, University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Denmark
  • Alfredo Dubra, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
  • Tor Paaske Utheim, Universietet of Oslo, Norway