Dr Rohit Narayan

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Vision and Hearing Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

Rohit is an experienced optometrist, having practiced in the UK and USA. He is interested in incorporating a more holistic approach into eyecare, particularly how it relates to macular degeneration, as well as dry eye.

Rohit is the recipient of the Optometrist of the Year accolade at the 2021 Optician Awards, where his holistic approach to patient care was considered 'the blueprint for future clinical practice.'



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.

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

Research interests

  • Macular degeneration
  • Dry eye
  • A holistic approach to 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
  • 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., 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.

Narayan, R., 2020. A holistic approach to eyecare-part 1: Understanding the importance of a healthy gut to our wellbeing. Optician, 262(6771), pp. 22-29.

Narayan, R., 2020. We will ‘ROCK’ you? The role of Rho kinase inhibitors in eye care. Optician, 261, pp. 25-36.

Narayan, R., 2019. Corneal Hysteresis. Optician, 3, pp. 34-37.

Media experience

Feature interview for Optician: The Workplace Guide 2022, 30 September 2022. Entitled “Crafting a career”, Rohit shared insight into his varied career pathway and gave advice on the potential opportunities available for optometrists.