Shakir Iqbal brings 14 years of optical experience and is a descendant from a long line of opticians and optometrists. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all in the optical field and ran their own optometry clinic in Karachi. His father, Hamid Iqbal, is responsible for introducing contact lenses to Pakistan. Shakir joined Helmus Optometry in September 2019, and is leading our optical department and team of 9 opticians as Optical Manager.
As Optical Manager, Shakir is responsible for working with our lens labs and frame manufacturers to ensure we offer advanced technology, high-quality products, and a wide array of shapes and styles. You can also count on him for expert assistance with the selection, fit, repair, and adjustment of your glasses.
Shakir received his training in ophthalmic dispensing from City & Islington College in London followed by a Fellowship of British Dispensing Opticians, a rigorous three-year program. He is also certified by the American Board of Opticianry. Past work experience includes working as an optician in London, managing his family clinic in Karachi, four years at the helm of Sears Optical in Fairfield, and most recently managing a private practice in San Francisco. He lives in West Sacramento with his wife and their 3-year-old daughter. Helmus Optometry is grateful for the experience Shakir adds to our skilled and professional team.
Languages Spoken: English, Urdu, Hindi
Dr. Mark Helmus retired in February 2019. Dr. Joann Helmus joined her husband in retirement in July 2020. They are both busy with new projects and healthy. They especially enjoy taking care of their grandsons two days a week.