Dr Shehzad Naroo


Senior Lecturer
School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET

email: s.a.naroo@aston.ac.uk
telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4132
fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4048


Lecturer on the Undergraduate Optometry Programme
PG Programme Director - Opthalmic Doctorate

Research Theme

 Vision, Hearing and Language

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)

Career History

Shehzad graduated from Aston University in 1992 with a degree in Ophthalmic Optics (BSc Hons). Subsequently he successfully completed the pre-registration year of the College of Optometrists (MCOptom) and registered as an Optometrist in the UK with the General Optical Council. The following year he also successfully passed the registration examinations of the Newfoundland Optometric Board (Canada). Shehzad undertook the taught MSc course at UMIST, his research dissertation was conducted under the supervision of Dr Philip Morgan entitled ‘Corneal Topography in a Family with Known Keratoconic Patients’. Concurrently he was also involved on a part time basis in routine Optometric practice working for numerous independent practices, group practices, hospital clinics and private laser clinics. On completion of the MSc, Shehzad worked in routine practice in South Australia for a few months and is still registered in Queensland, Australia. He then returned to UMIST to study for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Neil Charman. His PhD thesis was entitled ‘Optical and Physiological Problems Associated with Excimer Laser Refractive Surgery’. Whilst at UMIST Shehzad worked as an Occasional Lecturer supervising clinics in routine refraction, further investigative techniques and low vision.

In August 2001, Shehzad returned to Aston University to take up a lectureship post in the School of Life and Health Sciences. His teaching areas are Second Year Contact Lenses, Third Year Anterior Eye Therapeutics and Third Year Occupational and Professional Studies. Shehzad had passed the Fellowship examinations of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (FIACLE), the American Academy of Optometrists (FAAO) and the British Contact Lens Association (FBCLA).

Other positions


February 2005 – to date

Editor-in-Chief, Contact Lens and Anterior

Eye Journal

April 1999 – to date

Examiner, College of Optometrists (UK)



October 1993 – to date

College of Optometrists (UK)

January 1994 – to date

British Contact Lens Association

June 1994 – to date

Association of Optometrists (UK)

January 1996 – to date

British Society for Refractive Surgery

January 2000 – December 2003

International Society of Refractive Surgery

January 2002 – to date

International Association of Contact Lens Educators

October 2002

FIACLE (Fellowship by examination)

International Association of Contact Lens Educators

December 2004

FAAO (Fellowship by examination)

American Academy of Optometry

January 2006

FBCLA (Fellowship by examination)

British Contact Lens Association

Current Honorary positions


November 2006 – to date

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow,

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital NHS Trust

November 2006 – to date

Focus Group Panel Member, Ciba Vision UK

September 2005 – to date

Visiting Faculty, Al-Shifa Trust, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

September 2005 – to date

Country Representative (UK),

International Association of Contact Lens Educators

January 2004 – to date

Optometric Advisor, Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology

December 2002 – to date

Key Opinion Leader, Bausch and Lomb UK

January 2002 – to date

Council, British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators

(Secretary in 2006 and will be Chairman in 2007)

Previous Honorary positions


February 2004 – October 2004

Presenter, All Party Parliamentary Select Committee on Safety

in Laser Surgery in the UK, House of Commons, Westminster

April 2002 – September 2003

Committee Member, Northern Optometric Society

May 2001 – January 2006

Treasurer, British Society for Refractive Surgery

March 2001 – March 2002

Chairman, Northern Optometric Society

July 2000 – September 2001

College of Optometrists (UK) Pre-Registration Mentor


Refractive surgery: A guide to assessment and management. Editor and main author: Shehzad A. Naroo. Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann (Elsevier Science). ISBN: 0750655607 Publish date: 18th December 2003.

Research activity

Shehzad successfully co-supervised one PhD (Christine Purslow, looking at dynamic ocular thermography during contact lens wear) jointly with Dr James Wolffsohn and am currently co-supervising two full time PhD students (Navneet Gupta, 1st year, looking at intraocular lenses, and Martin Cardall, 2nd year, looking at physiological effects of contact lenses during sports, both with Dr James Wolffsohn). He is also supervising eight undergraduate research projects in 2006-2007.

Refereed Publications (Since 2001)

Wavefront analyzers induce instrument myopia. Cervino A, Hosking SL, Rai GK, Naroo SA, Gilmartin B: J Refract Surg. 2006 Oct;22(8):795-803.

Subjective and objective performance of the Lenstec KH-3500 "accommodative" intraocular lens. Wolffsohn JS, Naroo SA, Motwani NK, Shah S, Hunt OA, Mantry S, Sira M, Cunliffe IA, Benson MT: Br J Ophthalmol. 2006 Jun;90(6):693-6.

Factors influencing patient choice of refractive surgery or contact lenses and choice of centre. Gupta N, Naroo SA: Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2006 Mar;29(1):17-23.

Surface roughness after excimer laser ablation using a PMMA model: profilometry and effects on vision. Naroo SA, Charman WN: J Refract Surg. 2005 May-Jun;21(3):260-8.

Scotopic measurement of normal pupil size with the Colvard pupillometer and the Nidek auto-refractor. Mantry S, Bannerjee S, Naroo SA, Shah S. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 2005;28(2):53-56.

Surface roughness after excimer laser ablation using a PMMA model: profilometry and effects on vision. Naroo SA, Charman WN. Journal of Refractive Surgery 2005;21(3):260-268.

Corneal pachymetry in normal and keratoconic eyes: Orbscan II versus ultrasound. Gherghel D, Hosking, S, Mantry S, Bannerjee S, Naroo SA and Shah S: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2004:30:1272-1277

Co-management in refractive surgery. Naroo SA and Ubhi BK: Optometry in Practice: 2004: 5(1): 5-14

Nidek OPD-scan analysis of normal, keratoconic and penetrating keratoplasty eyes. Shah S, Naroo SA, Hosking S, Gherghel D, Mantry S, Bannerjee S, Pedwell K, Bains, HK: Journal of Refractive Surgery 2003: 19(2 Supplement):S255-S259

Poly(methyl methacrylate) model study of optical quality after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy. Hauge E, Naroo SA and Charman WN: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2001:27(12) 2026-2035

Corneal measurement and refractive surgery (DOCET). Naroo, SA: Continuing Education Optometry 2001:4(1)28-33

Refractive surgery: Review and current status (DOCET). Naroo SA and Charman WN: Optometry in Practice 2001:2(1)29-46

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research