Cole Eye Institute Overview
Cleveland Clinic's Cole Eye Institute is a perfect combination of form and function. Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the building is a significant architectural landmark and provides an ideal environment for research and top quality patient care, comfort and convenience. We have everything to make your eye surgery experience as convenient and comfortable as possible.
Opened in 1999, it is the newest and most state-of-the-art institute in the United States, and handles more than 140,000 patient visits per year, treating adults and children with all ophthalmic conditions, performing basic eye care and eye surgery. Thousands of international patients travel to receive treatment, including all types of eye surgery, at the institute every year. A large team of researchers is committed to making breakthroughs in retinal disease. Eye surgery - ranging from cataract surgery to macular surgery - is performed daily by our world-class staff.
Every aspect of this building was designed with patient needs in mind. Parking is easily accessible and valet parking is offered. The open, spacious lobby warmly greets patients and large-print signs help them find their way easily. Natural lighting throughout the building eases the strain on eyes that are dilated or otherwise uncomfortable. All nonsurgical patient visits start on the second floor, which features a centralized check-in desk and pagers to let patients know when it is their turn. When additional diagnostic tests are needed, a designated elevator takes patients directly from the examination area to the testing area. A separate waiting area for children has games and an aquarium to help keep them occupied.
The surgical facility is designed to have all preoperative testing in one location. The five operating rooms incorporate the latest equipment to perform eye surgery, like macular surgery and cataract surgery, safely and effectively. A special waiting area lets family members talk to the surgeon in a private setting after the eye surgery. When it is time for patients to go home, a nurse escorts them in a wheelchair to the special discharge area where a family member can drive right up to the door.
Many procedures developed at the Cole Eye Institute have been adopted by ophthalmologists around the world, and the institute offers the largest hospital-based continuing medical education program in the United States. Our residency and fellowship programs are highly competitive and draw many applicants each year.
The institute is ranked among the top hospitals for eye care in the country by U.S. News & World Report in its annual hospital survey, making us No. 1 in Ohio.
Cleveland Clinic's Cole Eye Institute specializes in a range of options for treating eye diseases, such as eye surgery, retina disease, diabetic retinopathy and many others.