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Shabana Younus

Lecturer Practitioner
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Vision and Hearing Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Contact lenses
Research Supervision:

Shabana is a Dispensing Optician specialising in Contact Lenses. She shares her time between clinics for a large optical group and teaching on our Ophthalmic Dispensing and Optometry pathways. Outside of ARU, she manages contact lens clinics, works as a Clinical Education Consultant for the Alcon Education Professional Faculty and is an examiner for ABDO and WOPEC.

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Shabana started her optical journey in 1999 and has worked for several optical groups throughout her career, spanning over 20 years. She qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2001 and later trained to become a Contact Lens Optician, qualifying in 2004.

She has been involved with the training of dispensing opticians, contact lens opticians and pre-registration optometrists within practices, and was the principal leader for Dry Eye management. Shabana joined ARU in May 2021, and has taken the lead on five modules across the discipline. She has built a strong foundation for providing renowned education at the highest level and is now a Course Leader.

Spoken Languages

English, Urdu, Punjabi

Research interests

Contact lenses

  • FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • PG Cert Contact Lenses
  • BSc (Hons) Dispensing Optician
  • BOptom Optometry
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MECS/GAT Accreditation, Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre
  • Contact Lens Certificate, Bradford College
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing Fellowship Diploma, ABDO
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians
  • Registrant of the General Optical Council
  • Member of the Johnson and Johnson VisionCare Academy
  • Member of the Coopervision Learning Academy
Media experience

Younus, S., & Avery, R. (2023). Specs vs Contact Lenses – Who Wins? Optometry Today