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Dr. Stephen Wilmarth M.D.

Meet Dr. Stephen Wilmarth M.D.

Our board-certified ophthalmologist and founder of Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center, Dr. Stephen Wilmarth M.D., has more than 35 years of experience performing advanced vision correction surgery and eye care. As a fourth-generation Bay Area native located in Roseville, CA, he understands the importance of providing clear vision to the California lifestyle and helps each patient achieve outstanding eyesight.

Dr. Wilmarth will take the time to meet with you individually and create a custom treatment plan that best provides for your needs. With expertise in surgical and routine procedures, he offers excellence in eye care for the whole family.

Skills and Specialties

In more than three decades of treating patients, Dr. Wilmarth brings a wide range of skills to his Sacramento-area practice as an eye surgeon who has significant experience in new product development and application in pharmaceuticals and ophthalmic devices. Professional achievements that inform his high standard of care include nearly 20 years of experience performing LASIK operations (since the procedure was approved by the FDA in 1995), as well as performing thousands of cataract surgeries while maintaining an extremely low complication rate. In addition, he is able to treat glaucoma patients by implanting innovative iStent® devices to restore their health and reduce their need for outside medication.

Education and background

Dr. Wilmarth is a fourth-generation San Franciscan raised in the Bay Area. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and attended Stanford University School of Medicine, where he participated as a research scientist in the first isolation and purification of endorphins.

After completing his medical training, Dr. Wilmarth joined the U.S. Public Health Service, caring for Native Americans and Eskimos throughout the state of Alaska. Humanitarian work took him to the Philippines, China, Tibet, Japan, South Africa, and Kenya. In 1989, Dr. Wilmarth returned to California and began a full-time practice as a founding member of Medical Vision Technology.

Societies & Affiliations

In addition to founding Medical Vision Technology and serving on the Medical Executive Committee that runs Sutter Sierra Surgery Center, Dr. Wilmarth is also honored to be a part of the following societies:

  • Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Medical Vision Technology, Sacramento, CA
  • Medical Director, Ophthalmic Surgery, Sutter Sierra Surgery Center, Roseville, CA
  • Medical Director, Horizon Laser Vision Center, Roseville, CA
  • Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member, International Society of Refractive Surgeons

Personal Life

Outside of his work at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center, Dr. Wilmarth enjoys running, biking, skiing, golfing, mountaineering, and scuba diving. He finished the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, swimming 2.4 miles in the ocean followed by a 112-mile bicycle race and a 26.2-mile run — all in one day.



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"I have known Dr. Wilmarth for years through our children's school.  I had great vision my entire life but then it all changed when I reached my late 40s.  Ultimately, I couldn't read up close or even drive very well without glasses.  I didn't last long with the inconvenience of glasses. And, I had a terrible time trying to work with contact lenses.  Since Dr. Wilmarth has such an excellent reputation in the area, I decided to schedule a consult.Dr. Wilmarth's staff is very experienced and they seem to really enjoy what they do.  They were very kind to me and treated me as though I was important.  I didn't research any other doctors for this procedure since my very best friend, who is extremely well-researched, told me she would never go to anyone other than Dr. Wilmarth. I had both eyes fixed for distance.  My distance vision now is very sharp.  I haven't reached for my glasses since the surgery three weeks ago.  I have also found that if I back up my reading materials an extra 6 inches or so, I'm able to read magazines, newspapers, etc. much better even though I had my eyes fixed only for improving distance.  I have only reached for my "cheater" reading glasses a few times since the surgery for very small print.I know a lot of people spend years considering this procedure.  I'm super grateful for Dr. Wilmarth and I'm very happy to have my life back!  Thank you!"



"Fantastic experience throughout the pre-op, the procedure itself, and the couple of post-op appointments I've had so far. I went in for moderate to severe hyperopia (far-sightedness), so I would get heavy eye fatigue and lose focus when reading text or small print for any longer than a few minutes. After the Lasik, I now have 20/15 visual acuity and can read for hours without eye fatigue. While it is a significant financial outlay, I was not looking for the discount-chain "99 cent store" type of place to operate on my eyes; I was looking for the best of the best, and I can confidently say that is what you get if you go to Wilmarth Eye and Laser. Thank you again doc!Nick"



"Four Stars - Excellent physician. Would recommend him to any and everyone. A truly remarkable individual."



"An easy and professional Lasik procedure! A great experience for a medical operation and you can't ask for better hands."



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