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:
- Dr. Wilmarth is very active in his professional life establishing and running the organizations that provide excellent care to his patients.
- Founding Member, Medical Vision Technology, Sacramento and Roseville, CA
- Chairman, Board of Directors, Medical Vision Technology
- Co-founder, Horizon Vision Centers, Northern California
- Medical Director, Horizon Laser Vision Center, Roseville, CA
- Co-Founder, Sutter Sierra Surgery Centers, Roseville, CA
- Member, Medical Executive Committee, Sutter Sierra Surgery Center,
- Fellow, American Board of Ophthalmology
- Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Fellow, World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences
- Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
- Member, Refractive Surgery Alliance
- Member, International Society of Refractive Surgeons
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.
"I can read the back of a medicine bottle, emails on my computer, the TV 10 feet away and street signs a quarter mile away, all without the glasses I’ve always worn. This miracle is due to the fact that Dr. Wilmarth removed my cataracts and implanted lens. I’m so thrilled to see vivid colors again. This was a life-changing event for me. Dr Wilmarth and the staff was wonderful."
"I have been wanting to get Lasik for a very long time, and 2021 was the year to do it. Dr.Wilmarth and his staff are top notch, very friendly and went over step with me to make sure I felt confident with my decision. Best decision I ever made, I was extremely lucky and got the 1% chance of getting 20/10. This was much greater then I ever expected, the surgery was quick and painless took about 10 mins each eye. If anyone ever asks me about Lasik I will only recommend Dr.Wilmarth."
"I came home from seeing you (Dr. Wilmarth) today and sat down at the piano and opened my music and I could see it very well, and I started playing. And then I had to stop because I was just crying and crying and crying. Thank you for restoring my ability to see my music!"
"Such a great experience at Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center. I have been wearing contact lenses for over 25 years, and I was hesitant to get my eyes fixed. I went in a for a consultation, and Dr. Wilmarth made me feel so confident in getting lasik surgery. I had a couple pre-surgery appointments, all done very quickly and easily, and then I went in for surgery. The lasik surgery was PAINLESS and so so quick. Recovery was just as easy, and by the next morning, I was seeing as clear as if I were still wearing my contact lenses. I'm now a week out of surgery, I have better than perfect vision, and I'm so so happy with my results! Thank you to Dr. Wilmarth and his team!"
"Long Story short: best money I ever spent. Short story long: eye surgery is not something I’m going to risk by trying to find a "good deal." It was important to me to find someone experienced and capable. Dr. Wilmarth came recommended by a friend who did her surgery a year prior. He’s been doing it for almost 30 years. He’s efficient, which is something I appreciate. I wasn’t looking to be coddled but I did have questions that he answered knowledgeably. I trust him completely and recommend him to all of my friends who want lasik. My vision was -4.75 (R) and -5.25 (L) with astigmatism. It’s now corrected to what my vision was in contacts/glasses and that’s not even fully recovered. I can not recommend Dr. Wilmarth enough. Yes, it’s pricey, but the biggest draw for me was that I knew someone who had surgery with him and loved it. I’m not about to risk my eyes on a doctor who hasn’t been vetted. So look no further. This guy knows his stuff."
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