Dr Ben Connell (BMBS, FRANZCO, MPH) provides a specialist cataract, refractive and corneal surgery service at Eye Surgery Associates. Dr Connell is one of the first surgeons in Victoria to offer 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.
He first developed an interest in ophthalmology in 1992 when he undertook a project at the Fred Hollows Foundation in Eritrea, Africa. He then completed his undergraduate studies at the Flinders University of South Australia in 1994.
After completing his internship, Dr Connell worked at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He then undertook eye surgery training based at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Melbourne, in his final year as Senior Registrar. He completed 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 Connell holds an appointment at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital as a Consultant with the Corneal Unit.