NorVIS 1st Young Researchers Conference: Abstracts 2022




vision, stroke, vision rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation


The first NorVIS Young researchers conference was held at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) in Kongsberg on November 16–18, 2022. The aim of the conference is to be an arena for young researchers (in career, not necessarily in age) to share knowledge, get to know each other and stimulate to more research within vision in stroke or other brain injury. The interdisciplinary meeting was organised as a one-day meeting, with presentations including study protocols, master’s project, PhD and post doc clinical research. The meeting was organised by Torgeir S. Mathisen and Helle K. Falkenberg from USN, who also served in the scientific committee together with Antonio F. Macedo (Linnaeus University) and Mirjam van Tilborg (Hogeschool Utrecht). The abstracts from contributed authors are listed in the order of presentation.


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Falkenberg, H. K., Mathisen, T. S., Ormstad, H., & Eilertsen, G. (2020). “Invisible” visual impairments. A qualitative study of stroke survivors’ experience of vision symptoms, health services and impact of visual impairments. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 302.

Helsedirektoratet. (2017). Helsedirektoratet. Nasjonal faglig retningslinje for behandling og rehabilitering ved hjerneslag.

Rowe, F. J. (2017). Stroke survivors’ views and experiences on impact of visual impairment. Brain and Behavior, 7 (9), e00778–n/a.

Smith, T. M., Pappadis, M. R., Krishnan, S., & Reistetter, T. A. (2018). Stroke survivor and caregiver perspectives on post-stroke visual concerns and long-term consequences. Behavioural Neurology, 2018, 1463429.

Pollock, A., St George, B., Fenton, M., & Firkins, L. (2012). Top ten research priorities relating to life after stroke. The Lancet Neurology, 11(3), 209.

Roberts, P. S., Rizzo, J. R., Hreha, K., Wertheimer, J., Kaldenberg, J., Hironaka, D., Riggs, R., & Colenbrander, A. (2016). A conceptual model for vision rehabilitation. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 53(6), 693–704.

Hepworth, L. R., Howard, C., Hanna, K. L., Currie, J., & Rowe, F. J. (2021). “eye” don’t see: An analysis of visual symptom reporting by stroke survivors from a large epidemiology study. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 30(6), 105759.

Tharaldsen, A. R., Sand, K. M., Dalen, I., Wilhelmsen, G., Naess, H., Midelfart, A., Rødahl, E., Thomassen, L., & Hoff, J. M. (2020). Vision-related quality of life in patients with occipital stroke. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 141(6), 509–518.

Rowe, F. J., Hepworth, L., Howard, C., Bruce, A., Smerdon, V., Payne, T., Jim- mieson, P., & Burnside, G. (2020). Vision screening assessment (VISA) tool: Diag- nostic accuracy validation of a novel screening tool in detecting visual impairment among stroke survivors. BMJ Open, 10(6), e033639.

Rowe, F. J., Hepworth, L. R., Howard, C., Hanna, K. L., Cheyne, C. P., & Currie, J. (2019). High incidence and prevalence of visual problems after acute stroke: An epidemiology study with implications for service delivery. PLOS ONE, 14(3), e0213035–e0213035.

Graham, I. D., Logan, J., Harrison, M. B., Straus, S. E., Tetroe, J., Caswell, W., & Robinson, N. (2006). Lost in knowledge translation: Time for a map? The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 26(1), 13–24.

Mathisen, T. S., Eilertsen, G., Ormstad, H. K., & Falkenberg, H. K. (2021). Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of a structured visual assessment after stroke in municipal health care services. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 497.

Mathisen, T. S., Eilertsen, G., Ormstad, H., & Falkenberg, H. K. (2022). ‘if we don’t assess the patient’s vision, we risk starting at the wrong end’: A qualitative evaluation of a stroke service knowledge translation project. BMC Health Services Research, 22(1), 351.




How to Cite

Falkenberg, H. K., & Mathisen, T. (2022). NorVIS 1st Young Researchers Conference: Abstracts 2022. Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science, 15(2), 1–4.



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