Institute Summary

Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute is a leader in ophthalmologic care today and is committed to innovative basic, clinical, and translational research designed to transform ophthalmologic care tomorrow.

The institute’s staff of 140 ophthalmologists and researchers is composed almost entirely of subspecialists in cataract; cornea and external disease; glaucoma; keratorefractive surgery; neuro-ophthalmology; oculoplastics and orbital surgery; ophthalmic oncology; pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus; and vitreoretinal care. Comprehensive general ophthalmologists round out the program, which also includes optometrists.

The institute has advanced research laboratories and a leading-edge training facility at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, where patient care is also offered. Institute staff also provides primary, secondary, and tertiary services for patients of all ages at a growing number of family health centers and specialty care centers across Northeast Ohio.

To accommodate its rapidly growing patient eye care and research needs, Cole Eye Institute will be breaking ground in 2021 for an addition to its existing building. The new addition will feature:

  • Ophthalmic surgical center with 12 operating rooms and 60 new exam rooms
  • New Center of Excellence in Ophthalmic Imaging
  • Expanded simulation center for resident and fellow education and training
  • Larger ophthalmic research center to facilitate growth of eye research as well as consolidate multiple ophthalmology research labs currently housed at different locations

The new construction will be complemented by renovations in the existing Cole Eye Institute. The 2 buildings will be connected to create an integrated eye center designed to deliver an outstanding patient experience, as well as state-of-the-art eye care, research, and education.

The lower number of overall procedures in 2020 over previous years were a result of the COVID pandemic.

Cole Eye Institute Key Statistics 2020
Outpatient VisitsSurgeries
West Side60,7802,814
East Side81,0251,516
South Side36,763950