Clinical Curriculum Faculty

CEO, Synsplejeklinik
Jernbanegade 16
6400 Sønderborg, Denmark
Voice: +45 7026 2744
Fax: +45 74672721
E-mail: steenaal@synspleje.dk

Address:
Haraldsdalvej 17
6330 Padborg
DK – Denmark

Date of birth: 1955 July 30
Nationality: Danish
Married to: Hanne Aalberg - Bioanalyticist
Children: Lena - born 1989, Mette - born 1991

Schools / Universities attended:

Korskilde Boarding School, 4733 Tappernøje, 1962 - 1972
Herlufsholm Gymnasium 1.gmy, 4700 Næstved, 1973 - 1974
Danish School of Optometry, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Graduated 1978), 1973 - 1978
Contact lens education course at London Refractional Hospital, London UK, 1980
Sønderborg Business School Single Courses, Math level 4, 1984
Sønderborg Business School Single Courses, Accounting level 4, 1985
Advanced Contact Lens Course (KL 2), Danish school of Optometry, 1984
CLAVIS College of Optometry and Applied Visual Science - Master Program
University of Latvia, Riga and Midsweden University, Sweden. M.Sc. program of optometry, 1999 - 2001
B.Sc. Supplemental Program, 2001 - 2002
ScanCOVIS – Scandinavian College of Optometry and Vision Science M.Sc. Program, 2002
ScanCOVIS – Scandinavian College of Optometry and Vision Science / project pending due to lack of competent supervisors in Danish Universities

Qualifications:

Optometric Qualifying Examination, 1978 Jan.
Danish Optometric Joint Committee, CL Course 2, 1984
Danish Optometric Joint Committee, Ocular Disease and Pharmaceutics Course, 1985
Certified Fellowship Examination (F.C.O.V.D.), College of Optometrists in Visual Development, Chula Vista, California, USA, 1995, Oct.

Professional Activities / Appointments:

Employed by Brillehuset, Ramsherred, Næstved, 1974 - 1979
Contact lens Optometrist at Synoptik, Sønderborg, 1979 – 1984
Chief Optometrist at Cristen Bruun Optik, Haderslev, 1984 - 1986
Self-employed in private practice, Padborg., 1988 - 1999
Self-employed in private practice, Sønderborg., 1999 - still active
Clinical/Educational associate Kraskin and Skeffington Institute, Slangerup, 1999 - still active
Clinical associate Skive Synsplejeklinik, Skive, 2001- 2002
Clinical associate Oculi Optik, Nørre Aaby, 2002 – still active
Member of the Danish Optometric Association., 1980 - 1994
Member of the Danish Society of Optometry., 1982 - 1990
Member of the Danish Contact Lens Society., 1981 - 1990
Optometric Extension Program (OEP) - Clinical Associate, 1989 - still active
Council member of the Scandinavian Congress of Optometry (SOKKO), 1990 - still active
Member of the Danish Optometry and Contact Lens Society, DOKS., 1990 - still active
Council Member of DOKS Committee of Ethics, 1994 - still active
College of Optometrists in Vision Development membership, 1992 - still active
Clinical Director European College of Optometry and Vision Science, 1998 - still active
Member of Danish Optic Society (DOPS), 1998 - still active
Appointed as external examiner at the Danish school of Optometry (RTS), 1999
Board member of CLAVIS College of Optometry and Applied Visual Science, 1999 - 2001
Vice President for Danish Optometry and Contact lens Society (two year period), 1990 - 1992
Vice President for Danish Optometry and Contact lens Society (two year period), 1992 - 1994
President for Danish Optometry and Contact lens Society (two year period), 1995 – 1997
President for Danish Optometry and Contact lens Society (two year period), 1997 - 1999
Board member of ScanCOVIS – Board of Directors, 2002 - still active
Appointed General Secretary of Scandinavian Optometry Congress, 2002 - 2006
Education Committee member Danish Optometry and Contact lens Society, 2002 - still active
Member of Wissenschaftlische Vereinigung für Augenoptik und Optometrie (WVAO), 2007 - still active
Appointed “Anerkannter Fachberater WVAO” (Acknowledged Advisor Beh. Opt.), 2007 - still active

List of publications:

  • "Our Neural Network and a Theory of Memory" In Transcript from the 39th Annual Invitational Symposium on Vision,VA. Jan.1994
  • "What is Stress, How do we deal with it, and what is the purpose of reflexes" In Transcript from the First European Skeffington Invitational Symposium, Brussels 1995
  • "Headacke and it’s Relations to Vision" ("Hovedpine med Synsrelationer") Danish publ.: "Krop og Fysik"  Aug. 2000
  • "Vision and Brain Damage", ("Syn og Hjerneskader") Danish publ.: "Hjernesagen" 4, Nov. 2000
  • "Problems and Limitations in Use of VDT-/ Computer- / and Internet Based Vision Training Programs" "Optikeren", Danish Optometric Journal Nov. 2000
  • "Vision and Reading", "Syn og Læsning" Danish publ.: SKOLEN, 2002
  • "Dyslexia" and visual disorders" "Dysleksi og synsproblemer"  Danish publ.: SKOLEN, 2002
  • "ABI/TBI rehabilitation", "Optræning af syn efter hjerneskade" Danish publ.: Hjernesagen, 1/2005
  • "Synsundersøgelse af børn" "Optikeren" Norway theme issue 2005

Papers presented at conferences:

  • "Our Neural Network and a Theory of Memory" Annual Invitational Symposium on Vision, Rosslyn. VA. Jan.1994
  • "What is Stress, How do we deal with it, and what is the purpose of reflexes" At the First European Skeffington Invitational Symposium, Brussels 1995
  • "Our Neural Network and Visual Behavior" At Scandinavian Optometry Congress in Snekkersten, Denmark oct. 1994
  • "The Picture in The Inner Eye" At the 45th Annual Invitational Symposium on Vision, Rosslyn. VA. Jan.2000
  • "Stress Point Retinoscopy" At D.O.K.S. meeting
  • "Retinoscopy-exam of Children." At Scandinavian Optometry Congress in Göteborg Oct. 1999
  • "Visual Function and Job specific use of Magnification" At Danish Dentists Yearly Congress Mar. 2002
  • "Vision and Dental Work" At Danish Dentists Congress Sep. 2003
  • "Motivation of Kids and Infants During Examination and Training Sessions" at Scandinavian Congress of Optometry and European Congress of Behavioral Optometry, Copenhagen, Dec. 2003 
  • Information paper on "Optometry and the Future Options"  Swedish Society of Optometry - given for the board members in Stockholm at S.S.O. annual meeting
  • "Dual Strobe lights in Vision Training"  Paper given at European Kraskin Invitational Symposium, May 2004
  • "Clinical use of XGA-projector"   Paper given at European Kraskin Invitational Symposium May 2005
  • "Review The Retinoscope"   Paper given at European Kraskin Invitational Symposium May 2005
  • "Clinical training and Examination of Children Below Eight Years of Age"   Lectures given at Swedish Society of Optometry, October 2005
  • "VDT Work and Visual Problems"  Lectures given at Profil Optik Annual Meeting October 2005
  • "Vision and TBI" given at Society of Low Vision Specialists annual meeting November 2005
  • "Clinical use of XGA-projector"    Paper given at Kraskin Invitational Symposium January 2006
  • "Review The Retinoscope"Paper given at Kraskin Invitational Symposium January 2006
  • "Child and Vision – VT Activities"   Nordic Network Meeting Dormsjö, January 2006
  • "A Litterature Review " Survey of Research on Child and Vision Development  at International Conference Behavioral Optometry (ICBO), Sidney Australia May 2006
  • "Vision and Learning related Visual Problems" Paper given at American Community school conference in Athens, May 2006
  • "Vision Training"  Paper given in Oslo, Optometry meeting, Norway August 2006
  • "Frontiers of Myopia" Paper given at D.O.K.S. Myopia conference at Hindsgavl Denmark

Professional awards:

Best Study Group / Experience Exchange Group in Denmark (The Iris Group)

Appreciation of lectures, “Motivation of Kids and Infants During Examination and Training Sessions” at Scandinavian Congress of Optometry and European Congress of Behavioral Optometry, Copenhagen, Dec. 2003

Special interest and goals within Optometry:

Since 1986 I have been in private general optometric vision care practice in the southern part of Juttland. After completing C.O.V.D. Fellowship in 1995, I have been mainly occupied in education, vision training and remediation of functional visual problems, including those caused by brain injury. This work supports my main interest is vision, as it develops through interaction of sensor and motor components of the human organism and nervous system. I find it exiting how theories of self organizing complex systems and chaos often apply to vision, as to many other aspects of our world. I put special interest to educational and developmental aspects on the field of vision. My primary goal is to constantly increase my level of understanding of the nature of light and human vision, and bringing this knowledge to action.