Doctors

STEPHEN J. MERFELD, M.D.

Dr. Stephen J. Merfeld graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa in 1986. During his ophthalmology residency training at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan which he completed in 1990, he was selected as Chief Resident of the department. Following residency, Dr. Merfeld served as Head of the Department of Ophthalmology with the United States Navy both in Bremerton, Washington as well as Yokosuka, Japan. During the two years he served in Japan, he was responsible for providing eye care for the Pacific Fleet from Korea to the Philippines. In 1993, Dr. Merfeld entered private practice in the Oshkosh area and now has offices in Oshkosh, Berlin and Waupaca.

As a board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Merfeld specializes in microsurgery of the eye. He is an accomplished surgeon, having performed thousands of ocular surgical procedures using the most modern techniques. He has performed thousands of laser procedures and is trained in the use of the argon laser, YAG laser, CO2 laser, dye laser, and excimer laser. These lasers are used by Dr. Merfeld to perform a broad range of ocular surgeries from glaucoma and diabetic procedures to vision correction of both nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Dr. Merfeld has been an active participant in the evolution of vision correction procedures. He is a pioneer in modern corneal flap procedures in northeast Wisconsin having performed the first automated lamellar surgery (ALK) for the correction of myopia and hyperopia. This technology has since become the foundation of LASIK.

Dr. Merfeld believes so strongly in laser vision correction that he has had laser correction himself. He had PRK performed on his right eye and LASIK on his left, making him uniquely qualified to discuss these corrective options with his patients.

Living in the Oshkosh area, Dr. Merfeld and his family enjoy the many recreational opportunities available. Being involved in such activities as boating, skiing, flying and scuba diving, his enjoyment of these has been greatly enhanced since having laser vision correction himself.

Eric M. Larson, M.D.

Dr. Eric M Larson, M.D. is a cornea specialist with training at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Bascom Palmer has been consistently ranked as the best residency program in the country and Dr. Larson has taken his residency and fellowship training from there to bring the most up-do-date and excellent eyecare to northeast Wisconsin.

As a board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Larson specializes in ocular surgeries including cornea transplants, cataracts, glaucoma procedures, LASIK, lid procedures and tumors of the anterior eye. He has brought the latest in cornea transplant technology to the area including lamellar transplants which replaces only the back part of the cornea to give faster recoveries and better outcomes.

With thousands of surgeries performed and his extensive academic achievements, Dr. Larson has made it a personal goal to bring excellent eyecare to his patients. He takes pride not just in diagnosing and treating disease, but in talking with his patients and explaining medical conditions so they understand completely.

Dr. Larson is the proud father of four children.  He lives with his wife in the Oshkosh area and enjoys performing music at his church, biking and outdoor activities.

Paul H. Payant, O.D.

Dr. Paul H. Payant graduated from the Michigan College of Optometry in Big Rapids, Michigan. As part of his optometric education, Dr. Payant trained at the Ralph Johnson V.A. Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina as well as the Heart of the City Health Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Payant is a primary care optometrist with an interest in specialty contact lenses and medical optometry.

Understanding the importance of serving the community, Dr. Payant helped give free eye exams and glasses to athletes participating in the Special Olympics. As a part of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, Dr. Payant was part of a team that wrote and dispensed hundreds of glasses prescriptions to those in need in Mexico.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Dr. Payant is originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently living in the Oshkosh area, Dr. Payant enjoys spending time with friends and family, fishing, and biking.