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Aleks Mankowska

Lecturer in Optometry

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.  The clinic also provides sight tests for children and adults with learning disabilities.   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 my 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.   In September 2019 Aleks became a full-time member of the BSOVS. 

She continues to practise as a locum optometrist, with experience of both the multiple and independent  sectors.


Teaching interests

Binocular Vision
Assessment of visual problems of reading difficulties


Binocular Vision
The reading process
Adaptation to blur and the impact on visual performance
Macular Degeneration

Professional activities

  • General Optical Council, Registrant
  • College of Optometrists, Trustee & Treasurer
  • 01-JAN-92: - BA (Hons) Modern Languages
  • 01-JAN-07: - BSc (Hons) Optometry
  • 01-JAN-13: - PhD


Peer Reviewed Journal
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.
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.