Dr Shehzad Naroo

Naroo, Shehzad

Research Theme

Vision, Hearing and Language

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 
Сentre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)

Current key positions (major roles in bold):

  • Board member, Regional Leadership Group of MOSAIC Charity
  • External Examiner, Optical Dispensing BSc Hons at the University of Canterbury in Kent
  • Member of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination Writing Panel of the College of Optometrists (UK)
  • Global President, International Association of Contact Lens Educators
  • Ophthalmic representative, Bilga General Hospital Board of Governors, India
  • Faculty for Ciba Vision/ Alcon UK Training Academy
  • Visiting Faculty, Vistakon Visioncare Institute (Europe)
  • Fellowship Assessor for British Contact Lens Association
  • Visiting Faculty, Al-Shifa Trust, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Academic Committee member for British Contact Lens Association
  • Editor-in-Chief, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Journal (peer-reviewed journal of the British Contact Lens Association)
  • Optometric Advisor, Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Council, British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (Secretary in 2006 and Chairman in 2007)
  • Director, Eye Spy Products Limited (Ophthalmic Services and Product Distribution in the British Isles)
  • Key Opinion Leader, Bausch and Lomb UK (originally for Refractive/Surgical division and more recently for VisionCare)
  • Examiner, College of Optometrists (UK) - assessing core competencies of the General Optical Council

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 0121 2044132
Room: VS127

  • FCOptom Fellowship of The College of Optometrists by portfolio and esteem
  • FEAOO Fellowship by portfolio, viva-voce examination and esteem of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics
  • FBCLA  Fellowship by research portfolio, viva-voce examination and esteem of the British Contact Lens Association
  • FAAO Fellowship by research portfolio, viva-voce examination and esteem of the American Academy of Optometry
  • FIACLE Fellowship by written examination and esteem of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators
  • PhD from University of Manchester institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester 
    Title: Optical and Physiological Problems Associated with Excimer Laser Refractive Surgery
    Supervisor: Professor W Neil Charman
  • MSc by Examination and Dissertation from UMIST, Manchester
    Taught Modules: Research methods (including Statistics); Advanced Contact Lenses; General Neuroscience; The Eye at Work (Including Vision Screening, Sports Vision and Illumination)
    Research project: Corneal Topography of a Family with Known Keratoconic Patients
    Supervisor: Dr Philip B Morgan
  • MBCO Passed Professional Qualifying Exams of College of Optometrists
  • BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Optics, Aston University, Birmingham
  • August 2006 – to date
    Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, Aston University


  • August 2001 – August 2006
    Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, Aston University


Module leader for third year module ‘Anterior Eye’ (OP3AE1) and module leader for Post Graduate module ‘Refractive Surgery’ (OP4RS1). 

Between September 2004 and September 2008 I was the Director of Postgraduate Development for Optometry. The related tasks include organising training courses for pre-registration optometry graduates, ophthalmic nurses, registered optometrists, ophthalmologists and ophthalmic sales personnel. 

In 2008 I was involved in the development and instigation of a new higher level postgraduate degree (Ophthalmic Doctorate) for eye care practitioners including being the course director of the new programme in its first year. The course has proven to be very popular as it is a distance learning programme and I was responsible for the implementation of the modules and the accreditation of the material until 2010. 

In 2011 I developed the Aston University Optometry Summer School, attracting delegates from around the world for continued professional development and learning clinical skills. 

More recently, I was the main proponent in the development of a new international optometry programme that allows countries where optometric practice is restricted to upskill and train further by distance learning and then summer clinical placements. This course is currently being offered in Italy and Singapore and I am the inaugural course director of it - overseeing its successful design, approval and launch in 2014.

Research interests include - Laser refractive surgery, intraocular lenses, surgery for presbyopia, corneal topography, corneal biomechanics, sports vision, dry eye treatments, enhancing business aspects of optometric and ophthalmology practices.

I have been involved in clinical research since 1994 and authored and co-authored over 50 peer reviewed papers plus over 70 non-peer reviewed publications. I have obtained more than £1million in funding in the last five years as principal investigator.

Grants from last 5 years (where I am the principal investigator)

  1. September 2014
    Knowledge transfer partnership £194,058
    Naroo SA, Developing Visual Services for Vulnerable and Ageing Patients within Routine Optometric Practice, working with BBR Optometry, Hereford (including a PhD) 

  2. August 2013
    Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships €231,283
    Naroo SA and Zeri F. ‘Quality of vision and subjective satisfaction in new non-spectacle systems for restoring accommodation in presbyopia’ This is Europe-wide project involving two universities in Italy, one in Germany and two in the UK plus an industrial partner in Germany

  3. July 2013
    Oculentis GmbH, Germany£10,500
    Naroo SA, unrestricted research grant

  4. June 2013
    Refocus Ocular Europe B.V.£162,400
    Naroo SA, Study of new scleral implant for presbyopia

  5. January 2013
    University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany €2,690
    Naroo SA, Precilens Multifocal Contact Lens Study

  6. January 2013
    Refocus Ocular Europe B.V. £88,000
    Naroo SA, unrestricted research grant

  7. December 2012
    Oculus Optikgeräte GmbH €12,000
    Naroo SA, unrestricted research grant

  8. December 2012
    Knowledge transfer partnership £203,613
    Naroo SA, for Lensar Femtosecond lens softening project working Midland Eye, Solihull

  9. October 2012
    Laser and Lens Ltd £1,700
    Naroo SA, unrestricted research grant

  10. December 2011
    Erebus Voucher (paid December 2012) £3,000
    Wolffsohn JS & Naroo SA, to look at instrumentation with Birmingham Optical Group

  11. September 2011
    Knowledge transfer partnership £187,456
    Naroo SA, Developing Specialist Services within Routine Optometric Practice, working with BBR Optometry, Hereford (including a PhD) 

  12. July 2011
    BCLA Summer studentship £1500
    Naroo SA, for project to grow CL business in a small independent practice
I have successfully supervised 8 full time PhDs to completion and currently I am main supervisor for 2 further PhD students. I currently have a team of 2 full time and 1 part time post-doctoral researchers working for me. I am also the projector supervisor for 3 professional doctorate students and 1 MSc student. I have been internal examiner to three PhDs (2004, 2006, 2012) and internal examiner to two professional doctorates (both in 2014) and external examiner to five PhDs (Anglia Polytechnic University 2005, University of South Australia 2007 & 2013, Cardiff University 2010 and the University of Manchester 2012) and external examiner to three MPhils (Dublin Institute of Technology in 2012 and 2 at the University of Manchester in 2007). 


  • October 1993 – to dateGeneral Optical Council, 41 Harley Street, London, W1N 2DJ
  • March 1996 – June 2007Optometrists Board of Queensland, PO Box 2483, Australia, 4001
  • March 1996 – March 1997 South Australia Optometric Board, PO Box 122, Australia, 5065



  • January 2012 – to date
    European Academy of Optometry and Optics
  • January 2004 – to date
    American Academy of Optometry
  • January 2002 – to date
    International Association of Contact Lens Educators
  • January 2000 – December 2003
    International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • January 1996 – December 2009
    British Society for Refractive Surgery
  • June 1994 – December 2006
    Association of Optometrists (UK)
  • January 1994 – to date
    British Contact Lens Association (not a member during 1996)
  • October 1993 – to date
    College of Optometrists (UK)

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