Roger Armour

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Roger H. Armour (born 19 August 1934) is a retired vascular surgeon[1] and inventor of the hand held ophthalmoscope.


Armour was born on 19 August 1934 in Murree, Pakistan, to Mr. Aziz Ahmed and Edith Ahmed. He graduated as a medical doctor from King Edward Medical College, Lahore in 1956 and migrated to England, where he joined the NHS. He retired as a surgeon from Lister Hospital, Stevenage.

Armour lives in Hitchin, Hertfordshire with his wife Gillian. He has three children: Sara, Jasmin and Steve. His brother, Dr. David S. Ahmed, retired as Vice President of Medical Services, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, Canada.


After retiring he developed a lens-free direct ophthalmoscope, manufactured under brand name "Optyse". It can help detect cataracts among other eye pathologies. It is comparatively cheap, which allows for use in the developing world.[2] It has received the "Best Innovation to improve Global Health Care" award by Medical Futures.[3] It was placed 2nd in the Saatchi and Saatchi "World Changing Ideas" global competition in 2006 and won the Edward de Bono Medal for simplicity.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Dr Roger Armour". Survey Responses. Spiked-online. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Sypula, Stephen. "Helping to make blindness history" (PDF). rotarians ophthalmic initiative (ROI). Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Moore, Thomas (2 January 2009). "Invention Could Prevent Blindness". Sky News. Retrieved 10 April 2013.