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
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.
"What an amazing experience!"
"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!"
"After a couple of less than positive Lasik consultations with other doctors I scheduled an appointment with the staff at Wilmarth Eye & laser.The office is clean, well staffed & very professional in appearance. I was seen almost immediately upon arrival. I meet with Amanda who performed the eye exam & answered all of my questions in great detail. She was very professional, polite & seemed to enjoy her job. After Amanda completed the exam I meet with Dr. Wilmarth, again very professional, knowledgeable & easy to talk to. He seemed like a person that also enjoyed his job. I have not made the decision to have the Lasik surgery as of yet, but when I do it will be with Dr. Wilmarth & his staff.Thanks again!!!"
"Fantastic Dr. and staff. I had LASIK here several years ago and still love my vision without glasses. I trust and recommend Dr Wilmarth!"
"Lasik has been a huge fear of mine for quite some time but I decided to just get it over already. Dr. Wilmarth and his staff (Pam was very helpful) were great and patient with me throughout the whole process. And even though I was freaked out for the surgery, they were well prepared and worked efficiently and effectively. It's quick and painless and very much worth it. I could see clearly the very next day. 2 weeks later and I haven't had any problems!"
Post LASIK Care
Dr. Wilmarth's Dos and Don'ts after undergoing LASIK eye surgery.Read
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Benefits of Bladeless LASIK
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