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Ronald Krueger, MD


Ronald Krueger, MD
Department: Ophthalmology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code i32
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Ronald Krueger, MD, has performed fifteen thousand refractive surgery procedures, and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and many more abstracts, book chapters and trade journal articles. He has 23 years of experience in excimer laser research, including the first physical descriptions of the effects of the excimer lasers on corneal tissue and many more developments, including the early principles of ocular wavefront customized laser vision correction.

To this end, Dr. Krueger has co-organized an international congress on Ocular Wavefront Customization for the past eight years and co-authored the first book on the subject, "Customized Corneal Ablation: The Quest for Super-Vision," which was later followed by a second edition. He also has more than 10 years of research experience in ultrashort pulse laser photodisruption of ocular tissue and is involved in research investigating the cause(s) of presbyopia and restoration of accommodation.

Dr. Krueger is currently Co-Medical Lead for the concept OptoQuest, a Cleveland Clinic spin-off company. Dr. Krueger also serves on multiple scientific advisory boards and has been the principle investigator on at least five clinical trials.

He was a former Secretary of Education and board member of the ISRS prior to its merger with the AAO, and he now serves in both the executive and program committees of the new ISRS/AAO. He is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Refractive Surgery for more than 12 years, and he has lectured on refractive surgery in over 40 nations.

His education includes:

  • Doctor of Medicine, M.D. , 1987                
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Newark, N.J.
  • Master of Science in Engineering, M.S.E. (Bioengineering), 1983 
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
  • Bachelor of Science, B.S. (Electrical Engineering), 1982 
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Dr. Krueger has received various honors and recognitions, including Professional American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award (2006) and Top Fifty Opinion Leaders (by readers of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today).

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Southern California Medical Center
Cornea/Refractive Surgery
Los Angeles, CA USA
Fellowship - University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine
Cornea & External Disease
Oklahoma City, OK USA
Residency - Columbia Presbyterian, Columbia University
New York, NY USA
Internship - Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, NJ USA
Medical School - UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ USA
Graduate - University of Washington
Seattle, WA USA
Undergraduate - Rutgers University
Electrical Engineering
New Brunswick, NJ USA


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

Refractive Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award (2006)
  • Top Fifty Opinion Leaders (by readers of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today) (2005)
  • National Leadership Award
  • Appointment to U.S. Physician's Advisory Board (Honorary Chairman-Ohio)
  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors (2005)
  • Strathmore's Who's Who of Professionals (2005)
  • International Who's Who of Professionals (1998)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award (1997)

Innovations & Patents

  • Precise Disruption of Tissue in Retinal and Preretinal Structures, Provisional Patent Application Serial #60/955,976. Filed August 15, 2007
  • Established Clinical Innovations: Excimer Laser Refractive Surgery, Wavefront Customized Laser Refractive Surgery


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology
  • International Society for Optical Engineering

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 10/2/2015, Dr. Krueger has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Krueger receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Alcon, Inc.
  • Clarity Medical Systems, Inc.

Equity. Dr. Krueger owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • LensAR, Inc.

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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