Garth Stevens, JR., M.D.

Dr. Garth Stevens, JR.Dr. Stevens is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal transplants and complex surgeries of the eye, maintaining his techniques and skills at the cutting edge of eye care.


After completing his Chief Residency year at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he spent 2 years as a senior staff fellow performing research in ocular immunology at the National Eye Institute (NIH). This was followed by a Fellowship in corneal surgery and disease at Georgetown University.

Dr. Stevens settled in Richmond in 1987, and served 13 years as Chief of Ophthalmology at the McGuire VA Medical Center, and 8 years at the Medical College of Virginia as full-time faculty. During this time as the Director of Residency training, he mentored residents and corneal fellows in the basic and advanced techniques of ocular surgery.

In the late 1990’s Dr. Stevens performed the first laser-assisted cataract surgery in Virginia. He lectured in the US, China, Argentina, and Brazil, about this innovative technology. Dr. Stevens published the first clinical series of patients with laser –assisted cataract surgery (LACE) in the United States.


For over 30 years, Dr. Stevens has been performing corneal transplants. In 2001, he began performing a new type of corneal transplant – by replacing just the back layer of the cornea. He was first in Virginia to perform this groundbreaking procedure. Currently, Dr. Stevens is performing several newer modifications and was first to perform in Virginia DMEK, DSAEK, and DLEK. These new techniques have markedly improved the outcome and safety for patients requiring corneal transplantation. He also performs Refractive surgery, LASIK, PRK, ICLs and other refractive procedures.

In 2000, Dr. Stevens founded the Eye Care Center of Virginia and the LASIK Center of Virginia. He began performing LASIK in 1996 and since then he has performed over three thousand procedures and has certified over a thousand eye surgeons from the U.S., Canada, and China to perform laser vision correction.

Recently his lectures cover topics concerning corneal transplant techniques, complications of cataract surgery, and in corneal disease: management of keratoconus with collagen cross-linking procedure. In 2012, Dr. Stevens began performing collagen cross-linking as part of the Avedro clinical trial study and is now actively treating patients in his office in Richmond.


  • University of North Carolina. BA Political Science, 1974
  • University of Virginia Medical School, MD, 1978
  • Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Michigan: 1979-1984
    • Residency in Ophthalmology
    • Chief Resident in Ophthalmology
    • Associate Staff; Ophthalmology.
  • National Eye Institute (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.
    • Senior Staff Fellow in Ocular Immunology, 1984-1986
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC
    • Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease: 1986-1987


  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. President, 2000-2

Surgical Procedures:

  • Cataract Surgery: Laser Assisted, Multifocal, and Toric IOLs
  • Corneal Transplants/DLEK, DSEK, DMEK, DALK
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery: Trabeculectomy and MIGS
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

Surgical Centers:

  • Medarva Stony Point Richmond
  • CRSC Cataract Refractory Surgery Center
  • Virginia Beach Eye Dare Surgery Center

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