Dr Paul Hughes

Medical Director

Dr Paul Hughes has well over 35 years of experience in ophthalmology and, during an impressive career, has been an Australian leader in cataract and refractive surgery. He was one of the first ophthalmologists from Australia to travel to the US to train in radial keratotomy, a refractive surgical procedure to correct for myopia (short sightedness). Following his training, he performed the first radial keratotomy procedure in Australia in 1983. In 1988, Dr Hughes opened Australia’s first ambulatory day surgery, to provide the convenience of outpatient care for patients.

Dr Hughes is a member of the prestigious Erlangen Research Development world clinical group, which is involved in the development of the Wavelight laser and its multiple platforms. He was one of the first surgeons in Australia to use the excimer laser for vision correction in 1994.

In recent years, Dr Hughes has focused his career on laser vision correction, including topography-guided LASIK (known as Contoura) and general ophthalmology.

Actively involved in ophthalmic research, Dr Hughes was involved in collecting data for the largest published series of laser-assisted cataract surgeries performed in the world to date. This data demonstrated that using laser technology during cataract surgery is safer and more precise than manual technology. He speaks regularly at international ophthalmic meetings, has been published in peer-reviewed journals and frequently appears on national radio and television.

Dr Hughes completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at University of New South Wales and completed his ophthalmology training at Guy's Hospital and St Mary's Hospital in London, UK.

Dr Hughes consults from his rooms in Wollongong and prior to this, practised at Vision Eye Institute, Hurstville for 12 years.

Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK)

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