Board Certified Ophthalmologist
About Dr. Starling
Dr. Jay Starling is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is also one of the few surgeons in the state of Virginia to be dual certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES) for cataract and lens implant surgery as well as LASIK and refractive surgery. He received his medical degree from the Maryland School of Medicine and completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Bethesda Naval Hospital where he also served as chief resident.
Dr. Starling is known for leading the way in refractive surgery. He performed the first no-stitch cataract surgery in Hampton Roads, a technique which is now the gold standard worldwide. He was also one of the first out of a handful of doctors to perform LASIK in Hampton Roads.
Prior to joining Virginia Eye Consultants, Dr. Starling served as Staff Ophthalmologist at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and was also the Medial Officer/Radiation Health Officer aboard a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser. He has worked in the Hampton Roads area in private practice for over 30 years to include volunteering as an associate clinical professor of Ophthalmology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School for many of those years. He is recognized as a leader in the industry, having contributed as an author, to the textbook Refractive Corneal Surgery. He has also authored and co-authored several scientific articles which have appeared in peer-reviewed professional journals. Dr. Starling is listing in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, America’s Top Doctors, and the National Registry’s Who’s Who Among Professionals.
In the earlier part of his career, Dr. Starling lived in Cairo, Egypt where he did charity eye surgeries every day for three months. Today, he spends his time as an amateur architect and creating custom woodworks – he has designed and built a custom library and wine cellar in his home which won the Grand Prize in the Virginian Pilot DIY awards. Dr. Starling also takes a strong interest in astronomy and swims daily to stay in shape. He enjoys traveling, gourmet cooking and fine wine. Dr. Starling has two grown children; one an orthodontist and the other a pharmaceutical rep. He currently resides in Virginia Beach with his wife and two miniature dachshunds.