Dr Madara Zvirgzdina

Clinical Research Optometrist

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham, B4 7ET
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Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4712
Email: m.zvirgzdina1@aston.ac.uk
Room: VS G29

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: 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)
  • 2018 – Present: Clinical Research Optometrist, Aston University (UK)
  • 2014 – 2018: Clinical Demonstrator/Tutor in Optometry, Aston University (UK)
  • 2013 – 2014: Optometrist, Fielmann Latvia (Latvia)
  • 2015 – 2018: Clinical Demonstrator/Tutor, Further Investigative Techniques (OP2FIT)
  • 2014 – 2018: Clinical Demonstrator/Tutor, Clinical Practice I (OP1CP1)
  • Visual Perception and Ocular Accommodation in Spectacle Wearers
  • Corneal Biomechanics
  • Orthokeratology
  • Myopia Control
2013 – Present: Association of Optometrists and Opticians of Latvia

Akhbanbetova A, Nakano S, Littlechild SL, Young RD, Zvirgzdina M, Fullwood NJ, Weston I, Weston P, Kinoshita S, Okumura N, Koizumi N, 2017. ‘A surgical cryoprobe for targeted transcorneal freezing and endothelial cell removal’, Journal of Ophthalmology, Epub 2017 May 16.

Wolffsohn JS, Calossi A, Cho P, Gifford K, Jones L, Li M, Lipener C, Logan NS, Malet F, Matos S, Meijome JM, Nichols JJ, Orr JB, Santodomingo-Rubido J, Schaefer T, Thite N, van der Worp E, Zvirgzdina M, 2016. ‘Global trends in myopia management attitudes and strategies in clinical practice’, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, vol. 39, no 2, pp. 106-116.