About Us


Wollongong Refractive Laser Eye Institute (WRLEI) is the first and only local Laser Vision Correction facility to offer state of the art laser refractive eye surgery to the people South of Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands regions.

Our easily accessible laser vision correction facility has been purpose built and equipped with state of the art laser equipment and technology developed by global leaders including Zeiss and Schwind.

Our ophthalmologists are experts in their field who are committed to helping members of the community achieve the best possible vision. Our lead surgeon, A/Prof Smita Agarwal, has performed over 10,000 ophthalmic surgeries, over a career spanning more than 12 years. In addition, Dr. Agarwal is a well- respected mentor, educator and researcher. She is regularly asked to speak at local and international conferences and has published research papers in peer reviewed journals several times.

Dr. Paul Hughes has been an Australian leader in cataract and refractive surgery for over 35 years. He was the first Australian ophthalmologist to train in, and perform, radial keratotomy to correct for myopia. Additionally he was one of the first Australian ophthalmologists to use the excimer laser for vision correction. Dr. Hughes was involved in a global research project that demonstrated the safe and precise nature of laser technology to perform cataract surgery.

Friendly and approachable, they are happy to share their knowledge with you so that you have a clear understanding of the recommended procedure and can participate in determining your treatment plan.


About PRK


Photorefractive keratectomy is a type of refractive surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.




Laser-assisted in-situ is designed to correct multiple levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.




SMILE, known as Small Incision Lenticule Extraction surgery and is considered to be the most cutting-edge laser eye surgery.