Cataract Surgery Specialist | Corneal Surgery Specialist

Dr. Ben Connell is a highly skilled eye surgeon specializing in personalized cataract, refractive, corneal, and pterygium surgery. He is dedicated to helping patients achieve their best possible visual outcomes while providing the utmost care and consultation through every stage of the surgical process. 

Dr. Connell provides patients with state-of-the-art personalized care, recognizing that no two patients are alike. Each treatment and surgical procedure must be considered in the context of each individual patient and their own circumstances.  

The foundation for a successful patient-surgeon partnership is communication, and Dr. Connell believes in providing patients with honest, upfront, and realistic expectations for their surgery. He believes in treating patients with the respect and integrity that he would expect for himself and his own family.

He also believes that it is important that surgeons diligently audit their own surgery to ensure their results reflect best modern practice outcomes.  He values this strongly in his own practice. 

 Background & Education

Dr. Connell trained in medicine at Flinders University, graduating in 1994.  He first became interested in ophthalmology in 1994, when he undertook a project for the Fred Hollows Foundation in Eritrea, East Africa. In Eritrea 1994, the Fred Hollows Foundation has just built a factory manufacturing very high quality, relatively cheap intraocular lenses (IOL).  It allowed patients to receive a state of the art IOL at the time of cataract surgery avoiding the need for “Coke bottle” style glasses.  This facility, the only in Africa, has since produced over 2 million IOLs,  Dr Connell took measurements from thousands of local Eritrean eyes to help determine what power IOLs should be manufactured and worked in the ophthalmology clinic viewing firsthand the results of such surgery.  He was inspired by the impact that such a simple intervention could have on patient’s quality of life.  Many were severely limited by a cataract and the surgery enabled them to return to “normal life”.

Upon returning to Australia, he undertook his internship at the Royal Darwin Hospital and Residency at St Vincents Hospital.

He trained in Ophthalmology in Melbourne from 1999 to 2002, in his final year as Senior Registrar. Dr Connell completed his Fellowship training in corneal, refractive, and cataract surgery at Moorfields and Manchester Eye Hospitals in the United Kingdom from 2003 to 2006.  During that time, he completed a Master of Public Health degree from Manchester University.

He has been a Senior Ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorians Eye & Ear Hospital since 2007.