Dr. Robert M. Allen was raised in Northern Virginia. After high school he graduated from the University of Richmond. Following a successful and involved college career he eventually pursued his interest in medicine and eye care at the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry, earning 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 afterwards he became a founding partner of Associates in Eyecare, which has five offices in Northern Virginia and two in Washington, DC. Dr. Allen has continuously dedicated himself to professional development and is deeply committed to patient care and satisfaction.
In recognition for his 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, he lectures on clinical topics at continuing education conferences. As an acknowledgment of his academic and leadership achievements, Dr. Allen was named a fellow in the Virginia Academy of Optometry. He serves as the Immediate Past-President of the Virginia Optometric Association. As former President of the VOA, he is a nationally recognized leader of the profession. For his 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. His 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 disease and LASIK co-management. 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 and daughter.