Dr. Robert M. Allen was raised in Northern Virginia. After high school, he graduated from the University of Richmond.
He pursued his interest in medicine and eye care at the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry, earning a Bachelor of Science and Doctoral degrees. Upon graduation, he returned to Northern Virginia and began his career in private practice with the purchase of a small office in Chantilly. That was followed a year later when he started Ashburn Eyecare Associates, one of the largest practices in Loudoun County. Not long afterward he became a founding partner of Associates in Eyecare.
In recognition of Dr. Allen’s early efforts, he was named the Virginia Optometric Association’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 2000. He has served as a clinical investigator for FDA phase III drug trials and has also served as a clinical evaluator for new contact lens designs. Currently, Dr. Allen lectures on clinical topics at continuing education conferences. As an acknowledgment of his academic and leadership achievements, he was named a fellow in the Virginia Academy of Optometry. Dr. Allen is a Past-President of the Virginia Optometric Association, and as the former President of the VOA, he is a nationally recognized leader of the profession. For Dr. Allen’s tireless efforts on behalf of his patients and the profession, he was named the Virginia Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the Year for 2017. He has also served as President of the Northern Virginia Optometric Society and served for eight years on its Executive Board. Dr. Allen’s other memberships include the American Optometric Association and its Contact Lens Section, as well as the American Academy of Orthokeratology & Myopia Control.
Patients appreciate his lively and outgoing personality as well as his dedication and personalized attention to their care. His professional specialties include vast experience in difficult to fit contact lenses, treatment of eye diseases and surgical co-management. His many civic activities include currently serving as the vice-chair of the executive board at the Oatlands Historic House & Gardens in Leesburg, VA. In addition, Dr. Allen serves on the advisory board and as a lead pilot for Amelia Air dog rescue, flying abandoned dogs all over the U.S. and internationally from foster homes to their new owners. Dr. Allen is an avid pilot, holding commercial, instrument and multi-engine ratings, as well as being a former SCCA racecar driver. He lives in Loudoun County with his wife, daughter and two Goldendoodles.
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