About Us

The Wollongong Refractive Laser Eye Institute (WRLEI) is the first and only local Laser Eye Centre to offer state of the art laser refractive eye surgery to people living in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands regions.

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

All of our ophthalmologists at Wollongong Refractive Laser Eye Institute are experts in their field who are committed to helping members of the community achieve the best possible vision. Our principal, Dr. Smita Agarwal, has performed laser surgery to correct the vision of more than 5,000 patients, over a career spanning more than 12 years. Dr. Agarwal is a highly respected lecturer and mentor. She is regularly asked to speak at conferences and has been published 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.

Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Hughes are actively involved in continued research to understand the latest techniques and technologies available for refractive surgery and collagen crosslinking. 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.

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

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

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