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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Vitreoretinal Diseases
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Cystoid Macular Edema
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Injuries
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Macroglobulinemia
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
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About Justis P. Ehlers, MD

Justis P. Ehlers, MD, is a Staff physician on the vitreoretinal service of the Cole Eye Institute in the Department of Ophthalmology at Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed in 2010. Dr. Ehlers received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Notre Dame. He completed his medical degree at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Following medical school, he did an internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and served as Chief Resident from 2004-2005. From the Wills Eye Institute, Dr. Ehlers then completed a vitreoretinal surgery and disease fellowship at the Duke Eye Institute in Durham, North Carolina.

Clinically, Dr. Ehlers specializes in the diagnosis and management of medical and surgical vitreoretinal diseases including: age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), retinal vascular occlusive disease, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, myopic degeneration, cystoid macular edema, ocular trauma, epiretinal membranes, vitreomacular traction syndrome, and macular holes.

Active in research, Dr. Ehlers has participated as a co-investigator on numerous clinical trials including studies on macular degeneration, vitreoretinal interface abnormalities, retinal venous occlusive disease, and ophthalmic imaging.

Dr. Ehlers has a particular interest in advanced vitreoretinal imaging, including intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT). OCT is a non-contact imaging modality that provides high resolution cross-sectional and three-dimensional information of tissue architecture and microstructure. While working with Dr. Cynthia Toth at Duke University, Dr. Ehlers tested and optimized a prototype operating microscope integrated OCT system allowing for real-time OCT-based visualization of intraocular maneuvers. Intraoperative OCT allows for direct feedback of the surgeon regarding the impact of surgical maneuvers and the need or lack of need for additional intervention. Complementing the use of intraoperative OCT, Dr. Ehlers is currently developing novel OCT-friendly surgical instrumentation. Dr. Ehlers is a major contributor to the medical literature having authored more than 50 original reports, book chapters, electronic publications, and scientific abstracts. Additionally, Dr. Ehlers was the co-chief editor of the Wills Eye Manual, 5th Edition, one of the best-selling texts in ophthalmology. He currently serves as a scientific reviewer for numerous ophthalmic journals and has served as an associate editor of the journal, Retina. Dr. Ehlers serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology COMPASS Retina Subspecialty committee and previously served as an American Academy of Ophthalmology congressional advocacy ambassador.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Vitreoretinal Surgery
Durham, NC USA

Residency - Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA USA

Internship - Saint Luke's Hospital
Preliminary Medicine
Chesterfield, MO USA

Medical Education - Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA

Undergraduate - University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN USA

Professional Highlights

  • 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.


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

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

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 10/2/2020, 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:

  • Allegro Ophthalmics, LLC
  • Leica Microsystems GmbH
  • Oxurion NV
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Alcon, Inc.
  • Allergan, 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.

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.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

443 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.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

67 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

wonderful doctor! very knowledgeable, explains the problem very well and makes a plan involving the patient input!

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

dr Ellers tremendous

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr Ehlers is amazing. I feel I get excellent care from him, his staff, and the Fellows that participate in my care.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

He is the perfect doctor.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

I am very happy with both Dr. Ehlers and Dr. Oberfeld, however I would not recommend this practice because of the wait time,

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

The staff for Dr. Elers we're wonderful so was Dr Elers. I felt so comfortable with him and his staff. I know I picked the right doctor. I'm confident that they will take very good care of me.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Very good Dr. and his nurse

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

excellent provider, makes you feel you're his only patient

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr Ehlers is always very informative,caring and respectful.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

I would highly recommend Dr. Ehlers. He sees you as a person- not a number . he takes his time - never making you feel rushed . He listens to your concerns - explains everything - and sets a plan for treatment . He is professional and cares about his patients . I feel fortunate !

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Dr. Ehlers is fantastic !

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

This doctor is very busy and appointments take a long time, but he is very good.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

I would recommend the doctor is good, but wait times are very long.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Dr. Ehler is excellent

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Love the professionalism and concern of the entire staff. Would recommend anyone to Dr. Ehlers.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Not only the doctor but about three other staff members are involved with my care during the procedure and they all deserve "Very Good."

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Dr. Ehlers is a great doctor. I drive 3 hrs to see him. I respect his advise and he listens.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

the doctor are very nice

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Dr. Ehlers is a terrific physician. He is knowledgeable, friendly and listens to my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Dr Ehlers is the best, he is so nice and knows so much about diabetic eyes.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

i had not met Dr. Ehlers before and my visit was excellent.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

highly recommend Dr Ehlers.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

the doctor - the fellow and the nurse could not have been any better. all three were #1

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Excellent physician

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

not only are the physicians and medical care world class, the support staff, nurses, and processes are as well.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Dr Ehlers is very kind and takes time to answer my questions. I appreciate i hi is help.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Dr. Ehlers is absolutely excellent. As I had researched his background, he is an expert in his field and also able to communicate in a caring professional way.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr. Ehlers seems knowledgeable and is compassionate and takes the necessary time to explain his findings.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Ehlers is excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Ehlers & his staff are always thorough, explain my current condition, and discuss options for treatment.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Euler is the kind of Doctor everyone should have.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr. Ehlers and his staff are very professional and excellent care givers!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr. Ehlers is the most professional doc I have ever had!! He actually listens to what I have to say and is genuinely concerned about my eye problems. I would not trust anyone else with my eyes!!!

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

This doctor was very helpful and explained everything to me very well. A very good experience!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

happy with Dr. Ehlers

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr Ehlers and his entire staff are the best

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

After a bad experience elsewhere, I hand picked Dr. Ehler's to be my eye doctor. He has a stellar resume and has been excellent with regard to my health care.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

Dr. Ehlers and his team are exceptionsl health care providers.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

Have driven hour each way to stay with Dr. Ehlers.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Dr ahlers and all of the staff are always so helpful and professional I drive all the way from Mansfield Ohio and I appreciate the ease of getting in and out and the thoroughness of my exam

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Dr Elhers and his nurse are very informative and treat you with respect.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr and his resident (fellow) were outstanding in answering my questions and including me in my care plan.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Dr. Ehlers and his staff are always very kind a caring. Thank you!

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

*Dr. Ehlers & his entire staff are caring, professional & make sure I am informed of all steps. I would recommend *Dr. Ehlers with excellent!

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

As always, Dr. Ehlers was wonderful. Although I'm certain his schedule was full...he took the time to answer all my questions/concerns and never seemed rushed to move on to the next patient. I'm very blessed to have Dr. Ehlers as my retina specialist.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

I learned more about my eye disorder from Dr. Ehlers than any other doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

excellent physician and person.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

DR.Ehlers was very professional and helpful.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Dr. Ehlers has been honest and informative through my entire experience

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Dr. Ehlers, the medical fellows working with him, Jaime and the technicians together provide an outstanding experience. Dr. Ehlers is always respectful and responsive to any questions or concerns that I have. I always leave grateful for the quality of care I have received.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Dr Ehlers always listens to any concerns I have and explains clearly how we are going to proceed.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Dr. Ehlers is always friendly and thorough. He is a first rate doctor is my view.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

exceptional care providers

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

over all very was provideed by different persons (plural !), so your posing the Q as to a provider is misleading, am rating them as a group...

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Dr. Ehlers always makes sure to that I ask any questions I might have and is very patient in his explanations.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Great doctors.I always recommend Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Dr Ehlers was extremely knowledgable,caring, and explained everything in complete detail. Even though I was very apprehensive going into the appt., ( my husband is legally blind) I felt better walking out of the appt.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Never a problem getting into for a Main Campus eye appt. Charge Nurse/coordinator is Jamie Reese, RN who runs the rooms & staff like clock work. If there is a problem with scheduling, I just call her cole eye & ask to speak with her. She knows how the Dr schedules work !!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr Justin Ehlers & resident were concerned about left eye changes, recommended eye exam & new glasses. Showed MUCH concern about my vision changes.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

My first visit with Dr. Ehlers. Very professional and friendly staff. Dr. Ehlers was also pro

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

very good experience all around. Dr Ehlers and all his staff were very helpful and answered my questions thoroughly.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

Will definitely continue my follow-up with Dr Ehlers.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr. Ehlers is simply just the best!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

I have recommend Dr Ehlers to a friend who has a similar condition to mine.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

I've been seeing Dr. Ehlers and his staff for several years, usually at main campus. This appointment was friendly, efficient and effective.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020


Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

I would give Dr. Ehlers a 10 on everything as well as Jamie his asst.

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