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Dr Benjamin Ashby
Article by Dr Benjamin Ashby
Optometry Committee Chair
Qualifications: B.Optom (hons) PhD GradCertOcTher Ben Ashby graduated in Optometry in 1999 from the University of New South Wales. He has practiced optometry and held leadership roles in franchise optometry, private practice, corporate optometry, eye research and education. Glaucoma runs in Ben’s family.

At the University of New South Wales Ben was the course convenor for the program to endorse optometrists to treat glaucoma. During this time he began his research into eye-drop medications, this has now expanded to investigating systems, processes and technologies that improve glaucoma detection rates.

Ben is now the Director of Optometry for Specsavers with responsibility for professional standards, clinical governance and optometry education programs. Ben is actively involved in the research, development and implementation of sustainable models of eyecare delivery that improve patient outcomes and reduce avoidable blindness. Ben also sits on the Optometry Australia glaucoma clinical guidelines working group, Deakin University Optometry Advisory Board, is an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW and an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland.

Ben is the Chair of Glaucoma Australia’s Optometry committee.