Cataract surgery

Thanks to many years of experience and expertise, her specialty includes cataract surgery and secondary lens implantation for dislocated intraocular lenses.

Retinal surgery

Retinal surgery for retinal detachment and macular disease including intravitreal injections for macular degeneration are among her surgical repertoire.

Eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty of droopy eyelids improve the visual field as well as contribute to a better apperance.


Laser surgery

Treatment of retinal defects, diabetic Retinopathy, laser therapy for secondary cataracts.


of eye surgery.

The eye, the frontrunner among human sensory organs, contributes significantly to our quality of life. Eye surgery is an interesting and exciting speciality involved in the treatment of the anterior and posterior Segments including the eye adnexes for example eyelid surgery. Like many types of surgeries, these procedures fall into a few major categories, including traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgeries, and laser surgeries. Ophthalmic surgeries are highly specialized based on the technique, the part of the eye involved, and what specific condition is being treated.

Technical advances in diagnostic and surgical methods have developed steadily in the last years improving the clinical outcome significantly.

Prof.Dr. Abela-Formanek successfully performs more than 700 microsurgical procedures every year. Surgery is performed in the Vienna General Hospital, as well as in the Döbling Private Clinic and the Evangelisches Krankenhaus.


Many years of state-of-the-art surgical and clinical experience


Cataracts cause the lens to become increasingly cloudy. Surgery offers an effective treatment option and improvement of the Quality of life.

Epiretinal membrane (ERM) Macular Pucker

The risk of developing ERM increases with age. Vitrectomy and removal of the epiretinal membrane helps improve vision.


Glaucoma prevention, care and laser surgery. Timely therapy prevents serious consequential damage.

Ametropia myopia | Hyperopia

The most well-known include nearsightedness, farsightedness, color vision deficiency and color blindness.

Science and Research

The focus of the clinical research of Prof. Dr. Abela-Formanek at the University Hospital for Ophthalmology in Vienna, is to  improve treatment options, particularly in cataract and retinal surgery.


Prof. Dr. Abela-Formanek's constant scientific activity, especially in the field of cataract surgery at the University Hospital for Ophthalmology in Vienna, led to the publication of several original papers in international scientific journals.

Univ. Prof. Dr.
Claudette Abela-Formanek.

After studying at the Medical University of Vienna, Prof. Dr. Abela-Formanek worked at the Department of General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeryat the University Hospital of Vienna. In 1997 she moved to the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry in Vienna, where she began her specialist training. In 1999, she performed her first cataract surgery using the small incision surgical technique.

The opportunity to work with very experienced surgeons and clinicians enabled a thorough education in Ophthalmology ensuring a background to perform reliable diagnosis and treatment. With her intensive training and her many years of experience in the fields of cataract surgery and retinal surgery, Prof. Dr. Abela-Formanek is one of the most experienced surgeons in Austria.

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