Dr. Tara Starr, MD

Dr. Tara Starr, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
Age 54
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2999 Regent St Ste 701

Berkeley, CA 94705

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Alameda Alliance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • 3 More

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Optic Neuritis
more than 90% of peers
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
more than 84% of peers
more than 74% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Starr "With more than 9,000 patients cared for, Dr. Starr's Offices provide state- of- the- art expertise and equipment for medical and surgical treatments of eye diseases. A board-certified optometrist is also available for glasses and contact lens dispensing. Dr. Starr was trained with the most accomplished cataract and glaucoma surgeons in the world and had performed over 6,500 cataract surgeries around the world and on humanitarian missions, particularly difficult cases. We also perform laser treatment and cosmetic procedures."


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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Scleritis
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Entropion
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypertropia
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Hypotropia
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Posterior Scleritis
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sympathetic Uveitis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Wrinkles


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  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botox® Injection
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Dermal Filler
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Goniotomy
  • Laser Surgery
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Lid Retraction
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of California At Berkeley
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • Stanford University
    Medical School | Graduated 1992
  • University Of Washington Hospitals
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • McGill U
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Ucsf Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
  • University Of Pennsylvania Hospital, Radiation Oncology
    Other Education | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Starr has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin
  • Farsi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Starr's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Starr to family and friends
based on 35 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Starr's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Moraga, CA |
I received a phone call from Dr. Starr a few hours after my eyelid surgery for drooping eyelids. Though I had no pain, it was great to know that the doctor was concerned about me and called me personally after a whole day of doing surgeries. One week later all the bruising was gone. A month after the surgery, all the swelling is also gone and I am told I look about twenty years younger! She was very meticulous and talented. I have tremendous confidence under her care. Thanks Doc!
in Oakland, CA |
She went above and beyond to take care of my undiagnosed glacoma with very little notice. After an ER visit I was told to follow up with an ophthalmologist. Her office got me in the same day I called and when she discovered the high pressure in my eye she immediately performed laser eye surgery. Her dedication is very apparent.
in Discovery Bay, CA |
I have been a patient of Dr. Starr's for five or more years. Dr. Starr is a highly skilled physician and has a caring, compassionate, wonderful rapport with her patients. She's the best!
in Albany CA |
Dr. Starr performed cataract surgery on both eyes, inserting Toric lenses, which transformed my distance vision and cured my astigmatism. She is an excellent surgeon, very warm and caring. The surgeries took place at the Aspen Surgery Center at John Muir Hospital, also highly recommended.
in Lafayette, CA |
I have been a patient of Dr.Starr for a couple of years now and I never felt so well taken care of. Dr.Starr is a very thorough professional and beyond dedicated to her patients. She has done some treatments on my face such as volume lift.She did that twice and in both visits I have felt very comfortable at her office and my face looks now 10 years younger. I didn't have any waiting to do ,always on time. Dr.Starr has angel hands.I am so glad that I found someone so caring and dedicated.
in Walnut Creek, CA |
Dr. Starr did laser cataract surgery on both my cataracts in May. I had astigmatism and I am a PA at a local ER. I had painless surgery, had my astigmatism reversed and thanks to her skills and my special implant, I can see distance, near and can do all my work without glasses. I have nothing, but deepest respect for her.
in Oakland, CA |
Very caring and expert care. Dr. Starr performed my cataract surgeries with excellent results and excellent followup.
in Oakland, CA |
Dr. Starr was a lifesaver for me. She and her staff were very professional and knowledgeable, as well as comforting during all of my visits. I had been suffering with severe nerve damage near my right eye, and Dr. Starr was very familiar with my condition. She put my mind at ease, and my cataract surgery was completely painless. After the surgery, I realized that at least half of my nerve pain was gone. Dr. Starr also recommended a great neurology doctor for me to see.
in Emeryville, CA |
My cataract surgery was made more complicated by my age (72) and glaucoma. I wanted to find a surgeon who had lots of experience with this combination, and I was fortunate to find Dr. Starr. Dr. Starr was very detailed in her examination and took significant time to explain the surgery and my options. The surgery was quick and easy, with no pain or discomfort whatsoever. I was awake through the entire procedure. My vision is now perfect. A great experience!
in San Francisco, CA |
Dr Tara Starr misdiagnosed my eye condition and her billing department is incompetent I am very disappointed and dissatisfied with her services and I feel her license should not be renewed
This patient saw Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Tom and Dr. Starr all three , independently, diagnosing her with "narrow angles" . That is three doctors agreeing on a diagnosis confirmed by imaging and numerous studies. We stand behind our diagnosis. She received a bill for a copay that she was due after an entire year and posted a one star review because she doesn't feel the doctors should be paid for their work. In reality, she should be taken before a judge for defamatory, false comments. Managenent
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  • Aetna
    Advantage 6350
    Aenta HealthFund CDHP and Value Plan Most of Idaho Basic
    Aetna Aexcel
    Aetna EPO
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    Aetna HealthFund HDHP
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    Blue Advantage PPO
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    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Care Connection PPO
    Blue Care HMO
    Blue Care Network
    Blue Cross
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
    Federal Employee Program BlueVision - High Option
    FEP Blue Dental PPO-High
  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Cigna
    Cigna EPO
    Cigna Healthcare of Georgia HMO
    Cigna Healthcare of Georgia PPO
    Cigna Healthcare of Illinois EPO
    Cigna Healthcare of Illinois PPO
    Cigna Healthcare of Louisiana
    Cigna Healthcare of New Jersey
    Commercial PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) EPO
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) HMO
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) POS
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
    Advantage Platinum HMO
    Advantage Platinum POS
    Advantage Platinum PPO
    Blue & Gold HMO
  • Humana
    Choice Care HMO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    AARP Medicare Complete Essential HMO
    AARP Medicare Complete Premier HMO
    AARP Medicare Complete Value HMO
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John Muir Medical Center - Walnut Creek
1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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