Tony Phillips is a graduate of The City University, London. Following graduation he undertook research into micro ocular anatomy and also into reaction times with so-called amber night driving spectacles.

As well as being Head of Contact Lens teaching at Flinders, Tony Heads the Medical Contact Lens Units at the Flinders Medical Centre and the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital.

Tony is co-editor of the standard Optometric Textbook "Contact Lenses' now in its 5th edition. He is also author of 'The Optometrist's Practitoner-Patient Manual' designed to assist practitioners help patients understand their clinical condition. He has also contributed to other optometric textbooks.

In 1992 Tony was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study 'The Medical use of Contact Lenses in Six UK Hospitals'.

In 2003 he was National President of The Australian Cornea and Contact Lens Society and in 2007 was awared their 'Lifetime Acheivement Award'.