By Rhiannon Riches
Glaucoma Australia has appointed a second optometrist, Dr Ben Ashby, to its council, joining optometrist Tony Gibson, who has been a councillor for the past three and a half years.
The organisation said Dr Ashby’s appointment further recognised the importance of optometry in managing patients with glaucoma and improving the low glaucoma detection rates in Australia.
Dr Ashby started his career as a clinical optometrist, has lectured at Deakin University and the University of New South Wales, and is currently the optometry development manager at Specsavers. He gained his Doctorate in Philosophy in 2014.
Glaucoma Australia said Dr Ashby would also chair the Glaucoma Australia Optometry Committee, one of several professional liaison committees, succeeding Mr Gibson who has steered the committee since June 2014.
Glaucoma Australia said it was seeking to harness the significant opportunity offered by the simultaneous development and rising adoption of technologies that aid detection, connect health-care providers, and create new avenues to help those with and at risk of glaucoma.
It said optometry was uniquely positioned in health care to bring about this change and was already involved in connecting glaucoma patients to Glaucoma Australia services.