MarinEyes is a specialty eye care practice serving Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco and adjoining Bay Area Counties.


Medical, Clinical and Administrative Staff

Qualified physicians and optometrists combined with a dedicated staff of clinical and administrative, allow us to provide our patients with comprehensive vision care in a comfortable environment.

Enjoy elite specialty care for most vision needs in two convenient locations with ample free parking.

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  • Our goal is to provide each of our patients with quality, proven technology in medical and surgical eye care.
  • We are committed to serving our patients’ visual needs as our first priority.
  • We will deliver vision care in a kind, professional and cost-effective manner.

While we specialize and are highly experienced with cataract, Laser Vision Correction (LVC) and glaucoma, much of our practice consists of preventive eye care and examinations as well as treatment of medical and surgical eye conditions. Our years of experience and continuing education are dedicated to improving your vision and improving your quality of life.

With offices in San Rafael and Novato, MarinEyes includes an on-site ophthalmic surgery center and Optical Gallery.

MarinEyes’ practice history began more than 65 years ago

MarinEyes has provided a continuous Legacy of Care for Marin County for more than 65 years. Our founder, Ernest W. Denicke, M.D., was born in Ross, California in 1912. Dr. Denicke, completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and then graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1938.

The first ophthalmologist in Marin county, Dr. Denicke interrupted his practice in 1942, to serve in the Army Air Force Medical Corps in Europe during World War II. After the war, he returned in 1945 to open the practice in the Albert Building in San Rafael. Dedicated to the health of the community, he was the first eye surgeon to practice in Marin and was instrumental in the founding of Marin General Hospital.

All of our experienced physicians and optometrists carry on Dr. Denicke’s legacy of superior training and excellent patient care combined with the latest in eye care technology. MarinEyes doctors and their tenure at the practice are:

  • Earle H. McBain, M.D. – 1949 to 1985
  • John R. Campbell, M.D. – 1979 to 2014
  • Steven J. Vermillion, M.D. – 1982 to 2006
  • Don Harvey, O.D. – 1987 – 2002
  • Charles D. Daily, M.D. – 1995 – 1998
  • John C. Shin, M.D. – 1998 to Present
  • Darryl Smith, M.D. – 2001 to 2003
  • Christian K. Kim, M.D. – 2008 to Present