Madara Zvirgzdina


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile


I joined Aston Optometry School in 2014 to pursue a doctorate in optometry and also undertook a clinical tutor role in the optometry undergraduate clinics. Subsequently, this led to a postdoctoral position here at Aston University in 2018.

Prior to that I completed my undergraduate (BSc, 2012) and masters (MSc, 2014) degree in optometry in University of Latvia. Parallel to my studies I worked in an optometric practice as an optometrist to gain a deeper knowledge in the clinical optometry. During my masters degree I spent three months in School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University under ERASMUS exchange programme as a Summer research student. 


  • 2018 – Present: Clinical Research Optometrist, Aston University (UK)
  • 2014 – 2018: Clinical Demonstrator/Tutor in Optometry, Aston University (UK)
  • 2013 – 2014: Optometrist, Fielmann Latvia (Latvia)


  • 2018: PhD in Optometry and Vision Sciences (Life & Health Sciences), Aston University (UK)
  • 2014: MSc in Clinical Optometry and Qualification of an Optometrist, University of Latvia (Latvia)
  • 2013: ERASMUS Research Placement in School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University (UK)
  • 2012: BSc in Optometry and Natural Sciences, University of Latvia (Latvia)

Research Interests

  • Visual Perception and Ocular Accommodation in Spectacle Wearers
  • Corneal Biomechanics
  • Orthokeratology
  • Myopia Control

Teaching Activity

  • 2015 – 2018: Clinical Demonstrator/Tutor, Further Investigative Techniques (OP2FIT)
  • 2014 – 2018: Clinical Demonstrator/Tutor, Clinical Practice I (OP1CP1)

Membership of Professional Bodies

2013 – Present: Association of Optometrists and Opticians of Latvia

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4712
Room: VS G29

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Myopia Medicine & Life Sciences
Ocular Accommodation Medicine & Life Sciences
Visual Perception Medicine & Life Sciences
Biomechanical Phenomena Medicine & Life Sciences
Freezing Medicine & Life Sciences
Endothelial Cells Medicine & Life Sciences
Cornea Medicine & Life Sciences
Basement Membrane Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2017

A Surgical Cryoprobe for Targeted Transcorneal Freezing and Endothelial Cell Removal

Akhbanbetova, A., Nakano, S., Littlechild, S. L., Young, R. D., Zvirgzdina, M., Fullwood, N. J., Weston, I., Weston, P., Kinoshita, S., Okumura, N., Koizumi, N. & Quantock, A. J., 16 May 2017, In : Journal of Ophthalmology. 2017, 5614089.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Endothelial Cells
Basement Membrane

Current trends of myopia management strategies in clinical practice

Zvirgzdina, M., Orr, J. B., Logan, N. S. & Wolffsohn, J. S., 1 May 2016, p. 2487. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
South America
North America
Refractive Errors

Global trends in myopia management attitudes and strategies in clinical practice

Wolffsohn, J. S., Calossi, A., Cho, P., Gifford, K., Jones, L., Li, M., Lipener, C., Logan, N., Malet, F., Matos, S., González-Méijome, J. M., Nichols, J. J., Orr, J. B., Santodomingo-Rubido, J., Schaefer, T., Thite, N., van der Worp, E. & Zvirgzdina, M., Apr 2016, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 39, 2, p. 106-116 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
South America
Contact Lenses


Optimisation of corneal biomechanical characteristics in orthokeratology for myopia control

Author: Zvirgzdina, M., 24 Jan 2019

Supervisor: Wolffsohn, J. S. (Supervisor) & Orr, J. B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy