Dr Stephanie Mroczkowska

Dr Stephanie Mroczkowska

Associate Professor of Optometry (Education)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Stephanie can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Vision
  • Optometry
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetes
  • Ocular health


Programme Lead BSc (Hons) Optometry
Lecturer in Optometry

Previous roles:
Admission Tutor for Optometry
1st Year Tutor


Stephanie joined the University as a Lecturer in Optometry in 2013. She holds a first class honours degree in Optometry and completed her training at a large independent practice in Birmingham, where she continued to work after qualification. In 2009 she returned to an academic setting to complete her PhD entitled ‘Ocular and Systemic Vascular Dysfunction in Neurodegenerative disease’.
During her time at the University, Stephanie has become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She teaches across the first and final year of the optometry programme and has a special interest in physiology and ocular pathology. Stephanie's active research areas of interest include vascular health, ageing and the mechanisms of ocular disease. She is currently supervising the research of three PhD students and has a number of national and international peer-reviewed journal publications, having presented her research internationally in the USA and Europe. 

Stephanie is a visiting Specialist Optometrist at the Royal Eye Infirmary, Derriford Hospital and is currently Programme Lead for the BSc (Hons) Optometry programme, having previously held the role of Admissions Tutor. In her role as Programme Lead Stephanie works closely with the programme team to ensure the delivery of a high quality programme.

Professional membership

College of Optometrists (MCOptom)
General Optical Council (GOC)
Association of Optometrists (AOP)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)



Teaching interests

Module Lead:
OPT304 Ocular Pathology and Therapeutics 

Module Teacher/Supervisor:
OPT401 Anatomy and Physiology
OPT207 Project Studies 1
OPT301 Project Studies 2



Research interests

Aging and Vascular health
Ocular and systemic vascular function
Neurodegenerative disease
Mechanisms of Ocular disease: glaucoma, diabetes, age-related macular degeneration

Research groups

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Current PhD supervision

Student                    Role                         Start date    
Leanne Smewing     Director of Studies    Jan 2016
Joao Lourenco         Director of Studies    Sept 2017

Calvin Howorth        Second Supervisor    Sept 2017 (part time)

Grants & contracts

College of Optometrists Postgraduate Scholarship Award 2015

School of Health Professions Postgraduate Scholarship 2014




  • Mroczkowska S: Advances in ophthalmic techniques and technology: what should I note when assessing the retinal vasculature?; Optometry in Practice; 2016 17(2) InPress
  • Wolffsohn JS, Mroczkowska S, Hunt OA, Bilkhu B, Drew T, Sheppard A. Cross-over evaluation of silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses. Optometry and Vision Science, 2015 In Press
  • Wolffsohn J, Hall L, Mroczkowska S, Hunt OA, Bilkhu P, Drew T, Sheppard A; The Influence of end of day silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lens fit on ocular comfort, physiology and lens wettability; Contact Lens and Anterior Eye; 2015 (epub ahead of print)
  • Seshadri S, Mroczkowska S, Qin L, Patel SR, Ekart A, Gherghel D; Systemic circulatory influences on retinal microvascular function in middle-age individuals with low to moderate cardiovascular risk; Acta Ophthalmologica; 2015 Jun; 93(4):e266-74
  • Qin L, Mroczkowska S, Ekart A, Patel SR, Gibson JM, Gherghel D; Patients with early age-related macular degeneration exhibit signs of macro- and micro-vascular disease and abnormal blood glutathione levels. Graefe’s Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan;252(1):23-30.
  • Mroczkowska S, Benavente-Perez A, Negi A, Sung V, Patel SR, Gherghel D. Primary Open Angle Glaucoma and Normal Tension Glaucoma: two separate diseases or one continuous entity? The vascular perspective. JAMA Ophthalmology; 2013, 131(1):36-43
  • Gherghel D, Mroczkowska S, Qin L. Reduction in Blood Glutathione Levels Occurs Similarly in Patients With Primary-Open Angle or Normal Tension Glaucoma, IOVS; 2013; 54: 3333-3339
  • Mroczkowska S, Benavente-Pérez A, Patel SR, Qin L, Bentham P, Gherghel D; Retinal vascular dysfunction relates to cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2013 Aug 9
  • Mroczkowska S, Ekart A, Sung V, Negi A, Qin L, Patel SR, Jacob S, Atkins C, Benavente-Perez A, Gherghel D. Coexistence of macro- and micro-vascular abnormalities in newly diagnosed normal tension glaucoma patients. Acta Ophthalmologica; 2012, 90(7), e553-9.

Other Publications

Conference abstracts

  • Mroczkowska S, Benavente-Perez A, Patel S, Sung V, Negi A, Bentham P, Gherghel D. Retinal microvascular dysfunction occurs similarly in Alzheimer's disease and Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). May 2015
  • Mroczkowska S, Calcagni A, Gibson JM, Chakravarthy U, Hogg R. Investigation in to the ability of Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry (PHP) to detect reactivation of neovascularisation in patients undergoing ranibizumab injections for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). May 2013
  • Seshadri S, Qin L, Mroczkowska S, Patel S, Gherghel D. Circulating blood glutathione levels influence retinal microvascular function in healthy individuals. European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER). Oct 2013
  • Mroczkowska S, Benavente-Perez A, Patel S, Qin L, Bentham P, Gherghel D. Is the eye a window to the brain? Retinal vascular reactivity as a marker for endothelial function in Alzheimer’s disease. European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER). Oct 2010 ACADEMIC AWARDS Travel Grant for ‘Best paper in section’: Is the eye a window to the brain? Retinal vascular reactivity as a marker for endothelial function in Alzheimer’s disease. European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER). Oct 2010, Crete