A/Prof Smita Agarwal

MBBS, MS (Ophthalmology), Grad Dip in Refractive Surgery (USyd); FRANZCO
Ophthalmic Surgeon

Dr Smita Agarwal is a senior comprehensive ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) based on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. She is the Head of Ophthalmology at Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in NSW. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate Medicine, University of Wollongong and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Smita is a member of several Medical Advisory Committees at hospitals and elsewhere.

Smita provides comprehensive ophthalmology services to her patients. She conducts clinics from her rooms in Wollongong, Nowra and Warilla and also works at several public and private hospitals located at Wollongong, Warilla and Shellharbour.

She specialises in cataract and refractive surgery and has special interest in corneal cross-linking for progressive Keratoconus, Glaucoma and age related macular degeneration. She has been instrumental in the setup of Wollongong Refractive Laser Eye Institute, the only facility on the South Coast of NSW that offers laser vision correction procedures like, SMILE, LASIK and PRK.

Her other passion is being actively involved in the teaching and mentoring of medical professionals and students. Smita teaches medical registrars and interns at public hospitals and regularly conducts continuing medical education seminars for medical professionals including doctors and optometrists. She has taught eye surgery to ophthalmology registrars at Westmead Eye Hospital in Sydney and Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne.

Originally from India, Smita graduated from King George's Medical College in Lucknow, India with a Bachelor of Medicine degree. Smita earned her first post graduate degree, Master of Surgery in Ophthalmology from the University of Allahabad, India and completed her further ophthalmology training at Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia. She gained FRANZCO fellowship and completed advanced fellowship for another year in Melbourne before moving back to Sydney in 2006. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Refractive Surgery from the University of Sydney.

Smita is dedicated to the field of ophthalmology. Over the years, she has published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals locally and overseas. She presented her latest research paper at ASCRS, Washington in 2018. She has been an invited speaker at prestigious ophthalmology meetings and seminars nationally and internationally. She is also a Founding Director of South Coast Medical Forum, an initiative of the South Coast based doctors that organises an annual seminar providing free education to fellow doctors.

Smita has a deep sense of responsibility to the under privileged communities. She has donated her time providing free ophthalmology services in several countries. Her last visit to Cambodia was in late 2018 as a part of Cambodia Vision charity team of medical professionals.

Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK)

A/Prof Agarwal preforms all laser procedure including:

  • PRK

    PRK is a fast and effective, touch free laser surgical procedure that can correct for short-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. This procedure is most suited to people who are ineligible for LASIK or SMILE, due to a thin or irregular corneal surface because it maintains corneal integrity. Read more

  • LASIK (Laser Refractive Surgery)

    LASIK is a precise surgical procedure which uses two different lasers to correct near sightedness, far sightedness and astigmatism. This common procedure, which aims to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses, has been performed over10 million times globally. Read more

  • SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)

    SMILE is a fast, accurate, keyhole procedure that aims to correct a high degree of short-sightedness and astigmatism. This minimally invasive laser procedure has been performed over one million times worldwide. Read more