Jay M. Lustbader, MD| Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract and Refractive Disease | MedStar Health
Jay M. Lustbader

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

4.8 out of 5 (1246 reviews)

Specialties: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract and Refractive Disease, Cornea and External Diseases

Languages: English


About me

Jay Mark Lustbader, MD, is the Physician Executive Director of the Department of Ophthalmology for MedStar Health.  Dr. Lustbader is the 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.


  • 2023 Professional Service Award, Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
  • 2022 Certificate of Appreciation, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • 2020 Best of the Best Top Docs by the National Keratoconus Foundation
  • 2014-2022 Top Doctor, Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2014 Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2013 Georgetown Spirit Award
  • 2012 America's Top Doctors
  • 2010 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

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
  • Past President, Washington Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Chairman, DC Eye MD PAC
  • Examiner, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Board Member, Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington

Clinical areas of focus

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Cataract
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Dry Eyes
  • Inflammation Of The Eyelid
  • Keratoconus
  • Pterygium
  • Refractive Surgery
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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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    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
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    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
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    • Innovation Health: PPO
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    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
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    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
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    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
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    • CareFirst Administrators
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    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia



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)


  • 2023 Professional Service Award, Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
  • 2022 Certificate of Appreciation, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • 2014-2022 Top Doctor, Washingtonian Magazine

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

  • Care provider’s discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

  • Care provider’s efforts to include you in decisions about your care

  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Apr 4, 2024

    Dr Lustbader and his team were very good in explaining all my concerns

  • Mar 28, 2024

    The problem is getting to see the individual on time.

  • Mar 22, 2024

    Dr. Jay Lustbader is the best!