Rigmor C. Baraas is a Professor of Optometry & Vision Science and Director of Research for the National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care at the University of South-Eastern Norway, Kongsberg, Norway.
Rigmor’s research interests are the development of the eye and refractive errors. This includes the development and aetiology of myopia and 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 perceive colour and spatial information.
Rigmor heads the Colour Vision and Retinal Imaging laboratory at USN focusing on where they combine experimental and clinical psychophysics with high-resolution retinal imaging, and genetics. They also assess environmental and biological factors related to daylight exposure throughout the day and year, physical activity and sleep pattern. She collaborates internationally with researchers working in the field of retinal imaging, genetics and myopia including members of The International Myopia Institute. She was featured as Visionary of the Quarter on the European Gateway for Vision Research. She was the organizer of the 21st Symposium of the International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) and is an elected director of the ICVS Board. She has served as an elected member and chaired the Visual Psychophysics (VI) section of the ARVOAnnual Meeting Program Committee. She is currently Editor-in-chief for Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Sciences and is on the Optica Technical Group Color (VC) Executive Commitee. She organizes the annual Kongsberg Vision Meeting. Rigmor has contributed to the IMI Risk Factors for Myopia White Paper.