Principal Surgeon, Corneal, Cataract & Refractive Surgeon

M.B B. Sc. (Med)(Hons) MMed (Clin Epi) F.R.A.N.Z.CO

Languages Spoken: English, Croatian

Dr John Males is the Principal surgeon at Envision Eye Centre and is a leader in laser vision correction, cataract and corneal surgery. He has 15 years experience in laser vision correction and has pioneered the latest procedure known as SMILE® in Australia.

He also performs the latest micro-incision laser-assisted cataract surgery, partial or full corneal transplants (DSAK, DSAEK, DALK), keratoconus treatments including collagen cross linking, corneal rings, phakic intraocular lenses, and anterior segment reconstruction among other surgeries.

Clinical Positions

  • Consultant Ophthalmologist at Sydney Eye Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital, Concord Hospital & Liverpool Hospital.
  • Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at St Vincent's Hospital.
  • Formerly the Head of the Corneal Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital.


Dr Males underwent his medical training at the University of Sydney and his Ophthalmic training in both Sydney Eye Hospital and Bristol Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom.


Dr Males has been at the forefront of ophthalmology and has introduced numerous surgical techniques in Australia. His achievements include:

  • The first in Australia to perform DSAEK endothelial corneal transplantation
  • The first in Australia to perform collagen cross linking (C3R, UVX) for the stabilisation of keratoconus.
  • The first in Australia to perform custom iris implant surgery with the Human Optics iris prosthesis.
  • Amongst the first surgeons to perform laser-assisted cataract surgery in Australia.
  • Amongst the leading group of surgeons performing SMILE laser vision correction in Australia.

Academic & Research

  • Clinical Senior Lecturer at both the University of Sydney and Macquarie University.
  • Co-ordinator for the Masters of Refractive Surgery at the University Sydney, the first post graduate degree in refractive surgery in the world.


  • Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO).
  • Member of Australian Corneal Society
  • Member of European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)
  • Member of the European Society of Ocular and Surface Disease Specialists (EUCornea)
  • Member of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
  • Board Member of Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)
  • Member of the research committee Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia

Recent articles


Managing Keratoconus & Thinning Corneas

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that can severely affect vision. Find out all about Keratoconus and the latest treatment collagen cross-linking.

Refractive Errors

Top 5 Benefits of PRK Laser Eye Surgery

PhotoRefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is the original form of laser eye surgery. PRK is versatile, safe and cost-effective treatment.

mature lady on a black backg Cataracts

Top 5 Tips for Cataract Surgery Recovery

A big contributor to cataract surgery recovery can come from how you care for your eyes after surgery. Follow these tips so your recovery goes smoothly.

Intracoular lens Cataracts

Your Premium Intraocular Lens Options in Cataract Surgery

When facing Cataract Surgery your choice of Intraocular Lens (IOL) could make a big difference in your vision outcomes. Learn more about your options here.

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Can Cataracts Make a Comeback?

Secondary cataracts, while different to regular cataracts have similar symptoms and can occur within a year or two of your cataract surgery.

man's face focused on his eye Cataracts

Top 5 Signs you have Cataracts

If left untreated, cataracts will eventually lead to blindness. Knowing the early signs of cataracts will allow you take action sooner.