Mr Rehman has dedicated his professional life to Ophthalmology since 1994. His first mentors noticed his natural ability to meet the demands of Ophthalmic surgery and Shafiq sailed through higher surgical training gaining his CCST in 2002 and was invited to take up a substantive NHS consultant post at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust in the same year.
Over the next ten years, Shafiq proved himself to be a great pioneer of breakthrough treatments, he has distinguished himself on numerous occasions by spearheading major ophthalmic developments and as such has successfully notched up several noteworthy ‘firsts’ in the Yorkshire region and beyond.
Never one to rest on former achievements, he continues to devote much time and energy towards further innovation with particular emphasis on helping to encourage the adoption of new ideas wherever they have been clearly proven to help improve the lives of his patients. He works tirelessly to identify innovative new developments in macular degeneration, cataract surgery and vision correction technology, bringing major advancements in eye care from around the world. Most recently helping to bring the exciting new SMILE laser vision correction surgery to Optegra Manchester.
In 2016 Shafiq took the decision to withdraw from the NHS having become increasingly despondent at the diminishing resources and slow pace of advancement in many areas of Ophthalmology in the NHS. This was a major decision for him as the fundamental principles of the NHS will always remain close to his heart. Since leaving the NHS Shafiq has been able to give his full focus to his independent practice at Optegra Eye Hospitals, making great progress in further developing several areas of his practice focusing on Cataract treatments and Vision correction surgery. His incredible drive and commitment to helping develop the very best service possible with state of the art technology has been recognised by Optegra who appointed him as lead clinician for their Cataract & Refractive Surgery services across the seven UK Optegra Eye Hospitals. His passion and desire to provide excellent eye care to every one of his patients continues to remain undimmed despite the quarter century of experience behind him.