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Dr Shehzad Naroo - Aston University. Birmingham, , GB

Dr Shehzad Naroo

Reader, Optometry | Aston University


Dr Naroo's research interests include contact lenses, dry eye, corneal biomechanics, laser refractive surgery, cataract and lens surgery.







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Dr Naroo is an Associate Professor (Reader) at Aston University and teaches in the area of anterior eye. Shehzad’s research interests include contact lenses, dry eye, corneal biomechanics, laser refractive surgery, cataract and lens surgery, intraocular lenses, sports vision and business aspects of UK eye health care. He has authored and co-authored nearly 200 publications (including peer-reviewed, editorials, textbook chapters, non-peer-reviewed etc.).

He is Editor-in-Chief of the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) journal ‘Contact Lens and Anterior Eye’ and Global President of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE). He is a Fellow of the BCLA, IACLE, American Academy of Optometry, European Academy of Optometry and Optics and College of Optometrists. In 2014 he was awarded honorary lifetime membership of the BCLA and in 2017 was awarded lifetime fellowship of IACLE. In 2015 he was awarded the World Council of Optometry (WCO) International Optometrist Award due to various projects helping not-for-profit hospitals and universities in countries, with less developed health care systems, working towards improving their education and patient care. In 2017 he became a member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research, whose membership restricted to around 100 people from around the world who are deemed to be the top researchers in the field of contact lenses. In 2019 he was listed as the 8th global expert in the field of presbyopia research and in 2021 he was listed in the top 200 research optometrists in the world.

Areas of Expertise (9)

RE Ophthalmology

Cataract Surgery

Sports Vision

Refractive Surgery‎


Contact Lenses‎

Economics of Eyecare


Dry Eyes

Accomplishments (5)

Aston University Student Union Most Motivational Academic Award in Life and Health Sciences


World Council of Optometry International Optometrist of the Year


Aston Excellence Award


Honorary Life Fellowship of the British Contact Lens Association


Invited Presenter, All Party Parliamentary Select Committee on Safety in Laser Surgery in the UK, House of Commons, British Parliament


Affiliations (9)

  • Member of International Society for Contact Lens Research
  • Fellow of European Academy of Optometry and Optics
  • Fellow of American Academy of Optometry
  • Fellow of International Association of Contact Lens Educators
  • Member of Association of Optometrists (UK)
  • Member of the British and Irish Universities Council for Contact Lens Education
  • Fellow of British Contact Lens Association
  • Fellow of College of Optometrists (UK)
  • Registered with General Optical Council (UK)

Media Appearances (2)

Conference: Optometry to the fore

Optician Online  online


The accurate assessment of the contour of the anterior eye by topography is still not as widespread a technique as one might expect, especially having heard Dr Shehzad Naroo skilfully demystify the sometimes confused process. After describing a brief history of topography, Naroo went on to show how the technique is helpful in disease detection and monitoring as well as contact lens practice. To illustrate this, he gave his top tips for spotting the cone of a keratoconic (figure 2; spot the cone of a keratoconic). These include noting a steep and displaced apex, thinning on pachymetry with ectasia greater posteriorly, ad increases in higher order aberrations.

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IACLE celebrates 40 years of Exceptional Education

International Association of Contact Lens Educators  online


IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘The global impact of IACLE, its members and sponsors is nothing short of exponential. We’re proud to be celebrating IACLE’s achievements over 40 years, while looking ahead to the future for contact lens education.’

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Articles (3)

The broad church of international contact lens societies

Contact Lens and Anterior Eye

2022 There are many national professional membership societies for contact lens practitioners such as the Contact Lens Society of America or the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia or the Algemene Nederlandse Vereniging van Contactlensspecialisten (Netherlands), to only name a few. Other societies, such as the British Contact Lens Association or the European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists, for example, perhaps have a more global reach. There are also a number of contact lens societies and associations that aim to be more international but with limited membership. Three spring to mind and represent very different aspects of the field. The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (www.iacle.org) has members in around 80 countries with membership limited to those involved in contact lens teaching [ [1] ]; and the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists (www.iscls.net) which was developed by and for practitioners providing specialist contact lens care. The third may be less well known to contact lens practitioners; the International Society for Contact Lens Research (ISCLR) (www.isclr.org) which was established in 1978, as an independent group to discuss and showcase the latest and emerging innovations in the field of contact lenses. There were early suggestions that the ISCLR could act as an international umbrella group for national contact lens societies, but this was never realised. Like the BCLA, it was agreed that membership would be from a broad church, encompassing scientists and researchers involved with contact lens research in the broadest terms, independent of their professional background. Unlike the BCLA, ISCLR membership was to be limited to around 100 people only and who are active in contact lens research.

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Differences in Practitioner Experience, Practice Type, and Profession in Attitudes Toward Growing Contact Lens Practice

Eye & Contact Lens: Science & Clinical Practice

2022 Objective: To investigate eye care practitioners' attitudes and perceptions toward potential interventions that can enhance contact lens (CL) practice across the world, and how this is influenced by their practice setting. Methods: A self-administered, anonymized survey was constructed in English and then forward and backward translated into six more languages. The survey was distributed online via social media platforms and mailing lists involving reputed international professional bodies. Results: In total, 2,222 responses from 27 countries with sufficient responses were analyzed (53% females, median age- 37 years). Most of the respondents were optometrists (81.9%) and 47.6% were from stand-alone/independent practices. Median working experience in CL prescribing was 11.0 years (IQR: 18.0, 4–22 years). Over two-third of them declared themselves to be very hopeful (22.9%) or hopeful (45.1%) about the future of their CL practice. Among the potential interventions proposed, continuous update of knowledge and skills and competently managing CL-related complications were rated the most important (median score: 9/10 for each). Practitioners working in national/regional retail chains expressed higher proactivity in recommending CLs (9/10) than those in local chains, hospitals, and universities (for all 8/10, P

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Acute Hydrops with Total Corneal Edema in a Very Young Child with Keratoconus: The Youngest Age Reported Case

Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine

2022 Purpose. To present the youngest age ever reported for acute corneal hydrops with total corneal edema in a child with advanced bilateral keratoconus. Methods. Patient presentation in ophthalmic clinic. The patient underwent various clinical tests and examinations including anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) and Scheimpflug corneal tomography. Results. A 5-year-old girl presented with uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) of 0.4 in the right eye and nonmeasurable UDVA associated with severe photophobia in her left eye of a 3-day duration. Intraocular pressure using the iCare tonometer was 14 and 5 mmHg in the right and left eyes, respectively. An old corneal hydrops scar and posterior subcapsular cataract (PSC) in the right eye and a total limbus to limbus corneal hydrops in the left eye were observed on slit-lamp examinations. Scheimpflug corneal tomography was possible in the right eye but, due to excessive irregularity and scaring, was not possible in the left eye. Corneal thinning and scarring were evident in the anterior segment optical coherence tomography in the right eye and very edematous cornea associated with stromal cleft and epithelial bullae in the left eye. A management plan consisting of topical hypertonic solution and ointment was started to reduce her symptoms. Conclusion. Acute corneal hydrops may be the presenting sign of keratoconus; however, extensive hydrops involving the total cornea area at a very young age is very rare and has not been previously reported in the literature.

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