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Stephen M. Johnson, M.D. | Board Certified Ophthalmologist 

Corneal Surgeon (Retired)



​Stephen M. Johnson, M.D. dedicated his 40+ year career to corneal surgery and the restoration of vision.  He retired from clinical practice December 2021.


After graduating from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Johnson served his internship and was in Ophthalmology residency at the Indiana University Medical Center. He was board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1981. Dr. Johnson was a fellow in Corneal Surgery and Diseases at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Since 1983, he has been in private practice at Midwest Eye Institute. 


Dr. Stephen Johnson has a special interest in the field of refractive surgery. At Baylor he explored a method of changing refraction with corneal implants. In 1981, he attended one of the first United States training sessions on radial keratotomy. Dr. Johnson was one of the first surgeons in Indiana to perform epikeratophakia. This is a refractive surgery technique often referred to as the "living contact lens". In 1995, Dr. Johnson performed the first FDA approved corneal surgery with the excimer laser in Indiana. Dr. Johnson has been selected repeatedly by his peers to be listed in "The Best Doctors in America: Midwest Region: 1999-2000, "Best Doctors Nationwide" 2001-2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and numerous years as a Top Doctor by Indianapolis Monthly.


Indianapolis Top Doctor.  Dr. Johnson is honored to be selected multiple times by his peers as a top doctor in Indianapolis. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research and information company, compiled this year’s honorees by asking physicians to recommend someone they would see themselves or suggest to a family member in Central Indiana. 


Education and Training


  • B.S. - Indiana University

  • M.D. - Indiana University School of Medicine

  • Internship - Indiana University Medical Center

  • Residency - Indiana University School of Medicine, Ophthalmic Residency

  • Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine, Corneal Surgery and Diseases




  • American Board of Ophthalmology


Professional Activities/Committees


  • Member and Past Medical Director, Eye Bank of Methodist Hospital

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, honor medical society

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

  • International Society of Refractive Surgery

  • Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group

  • Eye Banking Association of America

  • Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology

  • Indianapolis Ophthalmological Society


Faculty Appointment


  • Co-founder, Midwest Eye Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana

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