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 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 Public and St Vincent's Private Hospitals, Concord Hospital.
  • Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at St Vincent's Public Hospital and St Vincents Private 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

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