Melvin E. Wagner, MD.


Melvin E. Wagner, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, cornea, and refractive surgery.

He joined Stoken Ophthalmology after serving for 17 years on Active Duty in the U.S. Army and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Wagner completed subspecialty fellowship training in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD in 2006. Prior to his work at Johns Hopkins, he completed his Ophthalmology residency and served as Chief Resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Wagner obtained his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD in 2001, graduating with honors and being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, as well as a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

While in the Army, Dr. Wagner practiced as a cornea specialist and refractive surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and he was the Chief of Ophthalmology and Chief of Surgery at Ft. Meade, MD. His areas of interest include cataract and refractive surgery (LASIK, implantable contact lens, lens exchange procedures), cornea transplants, micro-invasive glaucoma surgery, dry eye treatments, and a multitude of laser eye surgeries. He also practices comprehensive ophthalmology to include complete routine and screening eye exams, in addition to the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. As a member of several eye surgical teams, Dr. Wagner has deployed to Burkina Faso, Africa, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic to perform life-changing cataract surgeries on blind patients from the host nations.

Dr. Wagner is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

Dr. Wagner has lived most of his life in south-central Pennsylvania and looks forward to providing compassionate eye care and state-of-the-art eye surgery to the residents in the Carlisle area for many years to come.