Treatment & Services
- Vitreoretinal Surgery
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Acquired Vitreoretinal Diseases
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- Cystoid Macular Edema
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Eye Injuries
- Macular Hole
- Macular Pucker
- Ocular Injuries
- Retinal Detachment
- Retinal Vein Occlusion
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC USA
Residency - Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA USA
Internship - Saint Luke's Hospital
Chesterfield, MO USA
Medical School - Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA
Undergraduate - University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN USA
- Co-chief Editor, Wills Eye Manual, 5th edition.
- Heed Fellow and Ronald G. Michels Fellow, Duke Eye Center
- Chief Resident, Wills Eye Institute
- Associate Editor, Retina, 2009-2010.
Diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, retinal vein occlusions, macular holes, macular puckers and epiretinal membranes, eye injuries and ocular trauma, myopic degeneration, retinal artery occlusions, cystoid macular edema, histoplasmosis, choroidal neovascularization, retinal neovascularization, and other vitreoretinal diseases. Advanced vitreoretinal imaging, with particular interest in optical coherence tomography (OCT) and utilizing OCT in the operating room to improve our understanding of vitreoretinal surgical diseases and the ultrastructural impact of surgical maneuvers, to help guide surgical interventions and improve outcomes.
Awards & Honors
- Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Award, 2009
- Heed Fellowship Award, 2008
- Shipman Award, 2008
- Alpha Omega Alpha, 2003
- Senior Merit Scholar, 2003
- Phi Beta Kappa, 2000
Innovations & Patents
- Furthering the progress of the use of intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the study of vitreoretinal surgical diseases and the impact of surgical manipulations on microstructural anatomy, such as with optic-pit related maculopathy.
- Development of the use of OCT contrast agents for enhanced visualization of tissue interfaces for ophthalmic applications of OCT imaging, including the development of “functional OCT” for incisional integrity assessment.
- Optimization and testing of OCT integration into the surgical microscope, allowing for real-time visualization of surgical maneuvers, characterization of intraocular instrumentations, and optimization of capturing OCT-visualized intraoperative motion.
- American Society of Retina Specialists, 2008- present
- Society of Heed Fellows, 2008- present
- Wills Eye Hospital Society, 2008 - present
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2006 - present
- American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2005 - present
- American Medical Association, 2003 - present
Research & Publications
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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.
As of 2/25/2016, Dr. Ehlers 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. Ehlers receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:
- Leica Microsystems GmbH
- Bioptigen, Inc.
- ThromboGenics NV
- Alcon, Inc.
Royalty Payments. Dr. Ehlers receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:
- Bioptigen, Inc.
- Synergetics USA, Inc.
Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.
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235 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||5|
|Knows Medical History||4.9|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.9|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
18 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Feb 28, 2017
Dr. Ehlers is remarkable .. very pleased that I came to Cleveland and he is my doctor.
Reviewed on Jan 24, 2017
I appreciated having very specific written instructions and was encouraged to call the MD any time with questions.
Reviewed on Jan 12, 2017
Was really worried about my surgery w/Dr. Ehlers. Everything went great.
Reviewed on Jan 10, 2017
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Ehlers. He is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and caring. He listens to and is respectful of his patients. He saved my eyesight and did not do invasive procedures recommended by some others ophthalmologists. I am very grateful to him.
Reviewed on Jan 3, 2017
Dr. Ehlers is very professional, knowledgeable, and carting
Reviewed on Dec 22, 2016
the best doctor ever
Reviewed on Dec 22, 2016
Dr. Ehllers is very professional and explains everything in a way I understand and answers any questions I have. He's a great doctor.
Reviewed on Dec 20, 2016
Reviewed on Nov 15, 2016
All good experiences and results
Reviewed on Oct 4, 2016
Reviewed on Sep 20, 2016
Dr. Ehlers is exceptional. He listens well to my concerns, is always responsive and has great interpersonal skills. I trust him and his professional expertise.
Reviewed on Sep 6, 2016
I receive injections for macular degeneration from Dr. Ehlers. I developed a staph infection after one injection. The experience was painful and frightening in its impact on my vision. Dr. Ehlers and his team were outstanding in working with me medically and in calming my fear. I felt at all times that I was receiving the best possible care and that my outcome would be the best it was possible to achieve. My vision has improved steadily for which I am extremely grateful which I owe to the excellent care I received.
Reviewed on Aug 23, 2016
All were great
Reviewed on Aug 18, 2016
It is a great staff at this office.
Reviewed on Aug 16, 2016
I get to see him again in four months it is a good day
Reviewed on Aug 2, 2016
My progress is discussed each month--and joint discussion as to continuing procedures. The excellence of the care and Dr. Ehlers personal concern have 'made the difference' for me.
Reviewed on May 17, 2016
Dr. Ehlers has always been very clear on instructions about treatment and follow-up care. He has always listened closely to my comments and questions and addressed items in a clear manner.
Reviewed on Apr 28, 2016
Each visit Dr. Ehlers reviews my current situation, and we discuss together--the best choice of treatment. He always takes the time to explain, review and then we decide together. Frankly, I cannot praise him enough.
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