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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.

Teaching Activity

His teaching areas are Second Year Contact Lenses, Third Year Anterior Eye, Post-graduate Refractive Surgery.

Research Interests

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.

Shehzad has supervised 11 Doctoral students (9 PhDs plus 2 professional doctorates) plus 2 MSc students. He is currently supervising 6 doctoral students (4 PhDs plus 2 professional doctorates)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Global President of the International association of Contact Lens Educators
  • Editor-in-Chief of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Journal
  • 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
  • Member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research
  • Member of the British and Irish Universities Council for Contact Lens Education


July 2015 - World Council of Optometry International Optometrist of the Year – in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of optometry worldwide

May 2014 - Honorary life Fellowship of the British Contact Lens Association – in recognition of contribution to the development of the Contact Lens and Anterior Eye journal

July 2012 - Aston Excellence Award - for outstanding engagement in International activities

Contact Details

Phone: 0121 2044132
Room: VS127


  • RE Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Refractive surgery
  • Contact lenses
  • Sports vision
  • Economics of eyecare
  • Cataract surgery
  • Presbyopia
  • Dry eye


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