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Dr Aleks Mankowska

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Optometry and Vision Science
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 233170


Aleks is an optometrist and lecturer in the Bradford School and Vision Science (BSOVS).   She has responsibility for  the Paediatric, Binocular Vision and Reading Difficulty Clinics working with final year students who are gaining clinical experience of patients presenting with problems of eye muscle coordination or difficulty with reading.  She also works in the Special Schools Eyecare Service, delivering eye care services to children and young people with learning disabilities and autism.  She has worked as a Clinical Supervisor in undergraduate Optometry clinics at the Universities of Bradford and Manchester. 

Aleks's first degree (also from Bradford) was in Modern Languages, after which she worked for 11 years in the automotive industry mainly in customer management and logistics.  She has also worked as a team member and team leader on many office-based and shop-floor projects aimed at improving workflow or customer service. 

She returned to study in 2003, graduated from Bradford in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Optometry.  She was awarded a PhD in 2013 for a study of blur adaptation in human vision.  For a number of years she combined part-time roles of Staff Optometrist at Bradford University and Specialist Optometrist at York Hospital.   At York she worked as a Specialist Optometrist in the AMD Treatment Clinic and was part of the Ophthalmology Research team.  She has practised as a locum optometrist, with experience of both the multiple and independent sectors.    In September 2019 Aleks became a full-time member of the BSOVS. 


Binocular Vision

The reading process

Adaptation to blur and the impact on visual performance

Macular Degeneration


Teaching interests

Binocular Vision

Assessment of visual problems of reading difficulties

Professional activities

  • 08-OCT-08: General Optical Council, Registrant
  • 20-JUN-22: College of Optometrists, Trustee, Council Member for Yorkshire and the Humber

  • 01-JAN-92: BA (Hons) Modern Languages
  • 01-JAN-07: BSc (Hons) Optometry
  • 01-JAN-13: PhD

  • Polish
  • French


TitleVision and visual history in elite/near-elite level cricketers and rugby-league players (2017)
AuthorsBarrett, Brendan T.; Flavell, Jonathan C.; Bennett, S.J.; Cruickshank, Alice G.; Mankowska, Aleksandra M.; Harris, J.M.; Buckley, John G.
JournalSports Medicine - Open
TitleThe time course of blur adaptation in emmetropes and myopes. (2013)
AuthorsKhan KA;Dawson K;Mankowska A;Cufflin MP;Mallen EA;
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
TitleEffect of blur adaptation on human parafoveal vision (2012)
AuthorsMankowska A.;Aziz K.;Cufflin M.;Whitaker D.;Mallen E.
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
TitleSimultaneous measurement of objective refraction, accommodation response and axial length of the human eye (2011)
AuthorsAlderson A.;Mankowska A.;Cufflin M.;Mallen E.
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
TitleEffect of blur adaptation on blur sensitivity and discrimination in emmetropes and myopes (2007)
AuthorsMallen, Edward A.H.; Cufflin, Matthew P.; Mankowska, Aleksandra M.