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.
"The staff was extremely professional and exceeded every expectation I had. I’ve worn glasses for ten years and now have 20/10 vision. I would highly recommend them to anyone who has ever thought about getting the procedure done."
"Recently I underwent successful cataract surgery performed by Dr. James Tucker. I couldn't have been more pleased with Dr. Tucker's professionalism, his willingness to address my questions and concerns, and the empathy and care he demonstrated throughout the process. Dr. Tucker is a credit to his profession and a skilled practitioner I would highly recommend."
"Excellent service and surgical team. Dr Wilmarth is a very skilled MD. I went from wearing a glasses prescription of -5.00 in both eyes to 10/15 visual acuity which is better than 20/20! Being legally blind one day to no longer having to rely on glasses or contacts is a dream come true. I was definitely nervous about lasik correction but the staff made me feel comfortable every step of the way. The surgical technicians, staff, office and surgery center are all pristine! Thank you Dr Wilmarth!"
"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 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!"
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