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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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    Research Output

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thesis

    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