Dr Ben Connell is a Specialist Ophthalmologist providing specialist cataract, refractive and corneal surgery services. Dr Connell was one of the first surgeons in Victoria to perform Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery using the Femtosecond Laser technology. He also provides Laser Vision Correction (LASIK), a procedure that can reduce patients’ dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Corneal surgery to correct keratoconus and other corneal disease is also offered to patients under Dr Connell’s care.
Dr Connell’s interest in Opthalmology started in 1992, when, as a medical student, he undertook a project at the Fred Hollows Foundation in Eritrea, Africa.
After completing his internship in 1995, Dr Connell worked at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He then undertook ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Melbourne, and was engaged as a Senior Registrar in his final year. He then went on to complete Advanced Subspecialty Surgical training at the Manchester Royal Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, specialising in cataract surgery, laser vision correction and corneal transplantation. He also held an Honorary Consultant Position at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
Dr Ben Connell has a strong academic interest in medical auditing, in particular working on the development of tools to enable surgeons to audit their surgical outcome. He believes this is a significant tool in enabling best possible patient outcomes. Dr Connell has a particularly thorough and detailed approach to auditing his own surgery. This allows him to regularly present his results to his peers at conferences and offer his own patients realistic expectations regarding their own surgery.
He holds an appointment at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital as a Consultant with the Corneal Unit.
- Consultant: Corneal Unit, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital: 2007 - Current
- Course lecturer and examiner at the Australian College of Optometry - Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics: 2015 - Current