Dr Rohit Narayan

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Vision and Hearing Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Vision and eye research

Rohit is a multi-award-winning therapeutic Optometrist with over 30 years of clinical experience in the UK and USA. His interests include incorporating a more holistic approach into eyecare clinics, particularly how it impacts eye health and overall wellbeing.

This approach to patient care was considered “the blueprint for future clinical practice” at the 2021 Optician Awards where Rohit was recognised as Optometrist of the Year.

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Upon graduating from Aston University with a degree in Ophthalmic Optics, Rohit gained clinical experience working in hospital, domiciliary and private practice settings.

He upskilled his clinical and therapeutic knowledge, requalifying as an Optometric Doctor from the New England College of Optometry, USA. Rohit practiced for over a decade in Medical Optometric practices in the USA, developing a holistic approach to patient care.

Upon his return to the UK, Rohit combined his passion for clinical practice with teaching at Aston University, before joining ARU in 2021. He is a member of the Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group.

His awards include Optometrist of Year from the Association of Optometrists (2014), Macular Society (2017), and most recently, the Opticians Awards (2021)

Rohit is an Assessor and Examiner for the College of Optometrists and is involved in the Independent Prescribing Reference Group.

Research interests
  • Macular degeneration
  • Dry eye
  • Holistic approach in eyecare

BOptom (Hons) Optometry

  • BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Optics (1st Class), Aston University, UK, 1989
  • O.D. Optometric Doctor, New England College of Optometry, USA, 1998
  • DipTp(IP) Diploma in Independent Prescribing, College of Optometrists, UK, 2012
  • FHEA, Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK, 2022
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Registered with the General Optical Council, UK
  • Registered with the California State Board of Optometry, USA
  • Member, College of Optometrists, UK
  • Assessor for the College of Optometrists, UK
  • Examiner for the College of Optometrists, UK
  • Member, Independent Prescribing Reference Group, College of Optometrists, UK
  • Member, Association of Optometrists, UK
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Consultant: Genentech (USA)
  • Consultant: Thea Pharmaceuticals (UK)
  • Consultant: Maculogix (USA)
Selected recent publications

Narayan, R., 2023, Age-related macular degeneration 2. Optician, 267(6886), pp. 28-28.

Narayan, R., 2022, Age-related macular degeneration 1. Optician, 266(6880), pp. 23-29.

Narayan, R., 2022, Health inequality: framing the debate. Optician, 266(6867), pp. 18-24.

Narayan, R., 2021, Lifestyle eye care 4: ECP- An approach to disease prevention. Optician, 263(6807), pp. 24-33.

Media experience

Feature interview for Optician Journal workplace guide. Entitled “Crafting a career”, Rohit shared insight into his varied career pathway and gave advice on the potential opportunities available for Optometrists. Optician Journal 30/9/22: Workplace guide.