Should I see an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist?

Both optometrists and ophthalmologists can provide regular eye exams and give prescriptions for glasses, contacts or eye exercises. Cole Eye optometrists are available at Cleveland Clinic locations throughout Northeast Ohio, and can provide routine eye exams, contact lens fittings, low vision exams, customized exams and continual follow-up for hard-to-fit contact lens patients.

If you are experiencing additional problems to your vision such as eye infections, vision loss, light flashes, eye pain, redness, itching, swelling, and irritation around the eye or eyelid, you may want to consult with an ophthalmologist or seek a referral for a specialist. Ophthalmologists can also provide total eye care including the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases through medication and surgery.

Glasses and Contacts

For those suffering from vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia, eyeglasses and/or contacts may be a solution. These help to correct vision by focusing light more appropriately on the retina.

Low Vision Clinic

If you have low vision, or your sight cannot be corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses, medical or surgical treatment, visit our Low Vision Clinic to learn about our visual rehabilitation and optical device options.

Options & Care

Options & Care

The following resources will help you learn more about the differences between glasses and contacts, what types are available, and proper eyeglass or contact lens care.



Eye Health & Medications

Our Optometrists

Our Optometrists

Appointments & Locations Retail Optical Shops

Retail Optical Shops

While Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute offers a comprehensive range of eye care services, including eye examinations, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic evaluations, low vision screenings and laser vision correction, oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery surrounding the eye and other surgical treatments at 27 locations across northeast Ohio, not every location has retail eyewear available for purchase.

Our locations with Retail Optical Shops also offer a wide selection of high-end retail eyewear, in addition to those other services.