Jay M. Lustbader, MD| Comprehensive Ophthalmology | MedStar Health

Jay M. Lustbader, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (899 reviews)

Specialities: Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Languages: English


About me

Jay Mark Lustbader, MD, is the chair and professor of the Department of Ophthalmology, director of cornea and refractive surgery and president of the Washington National Eye Center. Dr. Lustbader holds a lifetime certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology and is licensed in DC, MD and VA. Dr. Lustbader chose ophthalmology because he believes the field allows him to combine the best aspects of other areas of medicine: he performs high-tech microscopic surgeries and also has an opportunity to develop long-term relationships with his patients. He finds the greatest satisfaction in restoring his patients' sight.

The patient comes first in Dr. Lustbader's practice. He and his staff offer expertise and experience in a caring environment. Dr. Lustbader will do whatever it takes to improve someone's vision—from something as simple as prescribing glasses to the most complex surgical procedures.

Dr. Lustbader has published nearly 50 papers and abstracts on a variety of topics in corneal disease and other aspects of ophthalmology and has been invited to speak at 50 lectures on his topics of clinical interest. Outside of his medical practice, he is a runner and avid Baltimore Ravens fan.

2010 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2012 America's Top Doctors
2013 Georgetown Spirit Award
2014 Top Doctor, Washingtonian Magazine
2014 Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2020 Best of the Best Top Docs by the National Keratoconus Foundation

Professional Society Memberships
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Washington, DC, Metropolitan Ophthalmology Society
Program Chairman, Washington Academy of Ophthalmology
Chairman, DC Eye MD PAC
Examiner, American Board of Ophthalmology
Medical Committee, Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington

Clinical areas of focus

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Cataract
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Dry Eyes
  • Inflammation Of The Eyelid
  • Iritis
  • Pterygium
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormalities Of The Eyes
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Anterior Segment Diseases
  • Aphakia
  • Aphakic Bullous Keratopathy
  • Astigmatism
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Blind In One Eye
  • Blood Clot In Eye
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cataract
  • Chlamydial Conjunctivitis
  • Chronic Conjunctivitis
  • Complications Of Lasik
  • Conjunctival Burn
  • Conjunctival Injury
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Contact Lens Induced Corneal Edema
  • Contact Lens Infections
  • Contact Lens Related Problems
  • Cornea Injury
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal And Conjunctival Tumors
  • Corneal Clouding
  • Corneal Deposit
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Disorders
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Corneal Ectasia
  • Corneal Edema
  • Corneal Infectious Diseases
  • Corneal Transplant Complications
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectopia Lentis
  • Eye Complications Of Wegener
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eye Pain
  • Farsightedness
  • Floppy Eyelid Syndrome
  • Foreign Body (CORNEA)
  • Fuchs Dystrophy
  • Growth On Eye
  • Herpes Simplex Eye Infections
  • Herpes Simplex With Ophthalmic Complication
  • Herpes Zoster Eye Infections
  • Inflammation Of The Eyelid
  • Intermediate Uveitis
  • Iritis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Laceration Of Eye
  • Lupus Eye Conditions
  • Myopia
  • Neurotrophic Keratopathy
  • Ocular Infectious Diseases
  • Ocular Inflammatory Diseases
  • Ocular Surface Diseases
  • Ophthalmic Trauma
  • Posterior Capsular Opacity
  • Presbyopia
  • Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma
  • Pseudophakia
  • Pterygium
  • Recurrent Erosion Of Cornea
  • Red Eye
  • Refraction For Eyeglasses
  • Refractive Errors
  • Ruptured Vessel Of Eye
  • Scleritis
  • Sensitivity To Light
  • Shingles Of The Eye
  • Sjogrens
  • Sports Related Eye Injury
  • Stevens Johnson Syndrome
  • Stye
  • Sudden Vision Loss
  • Superficial Injury Of Cornea
  • Traumatic Cataract
  • Uveitis
  • Uveitis Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Viral Conjunctivitis
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Changes
  • Visual Discomfort
  • Visual Disturbance
  • Visual Impairment
  • Xerophthalmia
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Procedures I perform

  • Aspheric Intraocular Lens Implant
  • Astigmatism Lenses
  • Cataract Removal
  • Complex Cataract Surgery
  • Conjunctival Biopsy
  • Corneal Collagen Cross Linking
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Corneal Transplant
  • Intraocular Lens Explantation
  • Intraocular Lens Implant
  • Intraocular Lenses
  • Keratoplasty
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • Lasik
  • Microsurgery
  • Monofocal Intraocular Lens Implant
  • Monovision
  • Multifocal Lens Implant
  • Multifocal Lenses
  • No Stitch Cataract Surgery
  • Ocular Microbiology
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy
  • Post Cataract Laser Surgery
  • Premium Intraocular Lens Implant
  • Premium Lens
  • Prescription Eyeglasses
  • Punctal Plugs For Dry Eyes
  • Reconstructive Surgery On Cornea
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Replacement Of Contact Lens
  • Tear Osmolarity Test
  • Toric Intraocular Lens Implant
  • Toric Lenses
  • Ultrasound
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center Lower Level
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 202-444-4978

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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus



Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology

Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1989)

Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1988)

Internship Program: Greater Baltimore Medical Center (1985)

Medical School: John Hopkins Univ School of Med (1984)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Nov 10, 2022

    He is so very thorough, competent, very knowledgeable, so proficient that I have great confidence in him

  • Oct 27, 2022

    Dr. Lustbader is exceptional! Thanks

  • Oct 26, 2022

    Informative, Supportive and Encouraging