Marcela Maria Estrada, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Marcela Maria Estrada, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science

To see if Marcela Maria Estrada is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Pediatric Ophthalmology

Adult Strabismus


Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Ophthalmology Clinic-Eye Center
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-6602

UC Davis Medical Group - Roseville

UC Davis Medical Group - Roseville
1620 East Roseville Parkway
Roseville, CA 95661

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Phone: 916-783-7109

Additional Numbers

Clinic Phone


Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Outstanding patient care requires both the expert treatment of disease and a compassionate focus on family. As a physician (and mother), I believe that optimizing the health of your child’s eyes begins by establishing a warm and supportive relationship with you. As your partner, I will provide open communication, clear instruction, and the creation of an environment where your child feels safe, respected, and may have a little fun! I became a pediatric ophthalmologist because I love working with families, and I pledge to care for your child as if he/she/ze/they were my own.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Estrada is a pediatric ophthalmologist who provides medical and surgical care for children (and some adults) with a wide range of congenital and acquired eye and vision problems, including eye misalignment (strabismus), abnormal eye movements (nystagmus), “lazy eye” (amblyopia), tearing problems, eyelid inflammation (blepharitis, chalazion), and congenital ocular abnormalities (e.g. microphthalmia). She has special clinical interest in congenital and juvenile cataracts, retinopathy of prematurity, and pediatric uveitis. She champions innovative, compassionate, and personalized care to optimize the ocular health and visual development of her patients.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Estrada’s research focuses on retinopathy of prematurity treatment and reducing ocular health disparities in underserved, low-income, and minority pediatric populations. She is passionate about training the next generation of ophthalmologists and sharing, with them, her enthusiasm for working with children and volunteering in underserved communities. She is an active member of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and currently serves on the Young Ophthalmologist Committee for this organization.


Pediatric Ophthalmology
Neuro-Ophthalmology, Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital
UC Davis Medical Group

Undergraduate School

B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford CA 2010

Medical School

M.D., University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City IA 2015


Internal Medicine, Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Oakland CA 2015-2016


Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle WA 2016-2019


Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 2019-2020

The Dorris Duke Charitable Foundation COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists, UC Davis School of Medicine and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, 2022

Travel Grant, American Academy of Ophthalmology Mid-Year Forum, Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons, 2018

Chief Resident, University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology, 2018

Dean's Scholarship, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2014

Estrada MM, Tomlinson LA, Yu Y, Ying GS, Binenbaum G; G-ROP Study Group. Daily Oxygen Supplementation and Risk of Retinopathy of Prematurity. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2023 Jun;30(3):317-325. doi:10.1080/09286586.2022.2111687. Epub 2022 Sep 12. PMID:36093765.

Estrada MM. Back-to-school eye health. Eye Health and Vision Science. UC Davis Health News. 2021 Aug 23.

Legocki AT, Zepeda EM, Gillette TB, Grant LE, Shariff A, Touch P, Lee AY, Ding L, Estrada MM, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Lee CS, Mayock DE, Pepple KL, Cabrera MT. Vitreous Findings by Handheld Spectral-Domain OCT Correlate with Retinopathy of Prematurity Severity. Ophthalmol Retina. 2020 Oct;4(10):1008-1015. doi:10.1016/j.oret.2020.03.027. Epub 2020 Apr 9. PMID:32446843.

Estrada MM, Kletke, SN. Fellows Corner: Saving Eyes, Saving Lives: A multidisciplinary approach. Children's Doctor. 2020 Jan 28.

Estrada M, Kelly JP, Wright J, Phillips JO, Weiss A. Visual Function, Brain Imaging, and Physiological Factors in Children With Asymmetric Nystagmus due to Chiasmal Gliomas. Pediatr Neurol. 2019 Aug;97:30-37. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2019.03.021. Epub 2019 Mar 28. PMID:31113715.

Chahal HS, Estrada M, Sindt CW, Boehme JA, Greiner MA, Nerad JA, Carter KD, Allen RC, Shriver EM. Scleral Contact Lenses in an Academic Oculoplastics Clinic: Epidemiology and Emerging Considerations. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 May/Jun;34(3):231-236. doi:10.1097/IOP.0000000000000929. PMID:28538612. 

Estrada MM, Saraf S, Olmos de Koo LC. Don’t miss the disc: Clues to the etiology of a unilateral maculopathy are found beyond the retina. Retina Specialist. 2017 Sep:11-12.

Estrada MM, Baker MS, Sobel RK, Shriver EM, Allen RC. Re: "localization and retrieval of an eyelid metallic foreign body with an oscillating magnet and high-resolution ultrasonography". Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Mar-Apr;31(2):159-60. doi:10.1097/IOP.0000000000000365. PMID:25746895.