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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Epiretinal Membrane Surgery
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Intravitreal Injections For Retinal Disease
  • Laser For Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Laser Retinal Surgery
  • Laser Treatment Of Retinal Disease
  • Lens-sparing Vitrectomy
  • Macular Degeneration Evaluations
  • Management Of Age Related Macular Degeneration (Amd)
  • Microincision Vitrectomy Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Outpatient Consultation For Diseases Of The Retina
  • Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Scleral Buckle
  • Surgical And Medical Treatment Of The Retina
  • Sutureless (Small Gauge) Retinal Surgery
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Vitreoretinal Diseases
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Cystoid Macular Edema
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diseases of the Retina
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Infectious Diseases of the Retina
  • Lens Dislocation
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Traumatic Retinal Detachment
View all 16 Specialties +


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About Justis P. Ehlers, MD

Justis P. Ehlers, MD, is the Norman C. and Donna L. Harbert Endowed Chair of Ophthalmic Research and the Director of the Tony and Leona Campane Center for Excellence in Image-Guided Surgery and Advanced Imaging Research at the Cole Eye Institute.  

He 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 served as the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials including studies on macular degeneration, vitreoretinal interface abnormalities, retinal venous occlusive disease, and ophthalmic imaging.   He has directed one of the largest prospective intraoperative OCT studies to date.

Dr. Ehlers has a particular interest in advanced vitreoretinal imaging, including novel approaches for image biomarker discovery and applying imaging to surgery through intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT).  He leads a dynamic multi-disciplinary research team, including data scientists, computer scientists, engineers, research physicians, and other research personnel .

Dr. Ehlers is a major contributor to the medical literature having authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book reports, and over 200 scientific abstracts.   He has also been the co-chief editor for 3 books, including  the Wills Eye Manual, 5th Edition, one of the best-selling texts in ophthalmology.  He has received multiple NIH grants to support these research endeavors.

He serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology Council and the American Society of Retina Specialists Board of Directors.   His work has been recognized through multiple awards, including the Top 40 Under 40 Award, the AAO Senior Achievement Award, the ASRS Senior Honor Award, the AAO Secretariat Award, and multiple Cleveland Clinic Innovation Awards.

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

Additional Training

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

See publications for Justis P. Ehlers, MD.

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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:

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

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

480 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

68 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Dr. Ehlers saved my eyesight! He and his staff are wonderful.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Doctor Ehlers is a great Doctor.I have always had a good experience when I am at the Clinic

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dr Ehlers is the man who keeps me mobile Without him and his staff I feel I would have lost my eyesight I am very grateful for the knowledge of him and his staff

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Dr. Ehlers is exceptional.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

De. Rulers is an amazing doctor. Very personable and listens to me. He saved my eyesight.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Everyone at this office is awesome! Reception is always a snap. I get in pretty quickly and a staff member prepares me for pics or tests, etc. The doctor is in pretty quickly, too. This is great for an office as busy as this one is.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr Ehlers excellent in his concern and response to questions

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr. Ehlers and staff have always been wonderfully kind and caring.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

He is a great doctor and his assistant is awesome.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Have had a very good experience in dealing with my eye. Can feel a very caring attitude from everyone, especially my doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Always a pleasure to see dr. Ehlers.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

The doctor is always very kind and courteous!

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Per my Opthomologist I needed to specifically see Dr. Ehlers due to my diagnosis within a month.My first attempt getting an appointment was VERY difficult in that the scheduler asked for my diagnosis and about symptoms. When I said yes to the pain question she somewhat insisted I been seen in the ER. She then told me there were no appointments available for Dr. Ehlers within the next month. I contacted my Opthomologist and recalled the Cole Eye Center appointment line and got an appointment with Dr. Ehlers within the month time frame.I was quite disgusted with the aggravation per the first registrant

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

I could tell Dr. Ehlers was genuinely listening to my eye concerns. I was glad to obtain my next appointment while at that one.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Excellent specialist- extremely knowledgeable and thorough- I would highly recommend Dr. Ehlers

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Dr Ehlers is very caring and he explained everything and was sympathetic to my concerns. He is a exceptional Doctor and has improved my vision so much. I am thankful for God placing me with a doctor like him who truly cares.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

I love Dr. Ehlers and his nurse They are very nice and patient. They answer all my questions and take their time with me I appreciated his help with fixing my retina and the follow up care.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Such a good doctor. Good assistant and he has a great staff!!!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Dr. Ehlers and his assistants are EXCELLENT! Dr. Ehlers is thorough - professional- patient- attentive - caring .

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

I'm very impressed with the doctor. He took the time to explain everything to me.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

My vision has been deteriorating somewhat. Dr.Ehler's is always sensitive to the issues and shares the treatment plan. I always feel I'm being heard, and, whatever the outcome, I know I'm getting the best healthcare available.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

I had many questions, but Dr. Ehler answered my questions before I even asked them! I loved the way that when he first came in - even though I had been examined by the nurse assistant followed by the fellow, still - he pulled his chair up close, looked straight at me, and asked me to tell him what happened. I felt he wanted to hear from me directly and that made a difference to me. I cannot speak highly enough about the care and concern I received from these caregivers. It was the best. I still have a big floater/debris moving around in my vision and I am able to stay calm and maintain because of how Dr. Ehler advised me and knowing I will go back in a month. I check my peripheral vision every day just like he told me.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr. Ehlers is excellent!

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Ehlers as my care provider. He is thorough and takes the time to explain test results and answer any questions I have. He is very genuine in showing care for his patient.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Dr Ehlers and Jamie and entire staff are the best...they all care about you as a person as well as a patient. They are exemplary.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Ehlers was very kind and has a great bedside manner! He explained everything in detail explaining surgery

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 & 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 17, 2020

Dr. Ehlers is excellent.

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 15, 2020

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

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 Dec 1, 2020

Dr. Ehlers and his nurse, Jamie, are extremely knowledgeable, caring and compassionate! They treat each patient like they are the only ones they deal with and show the utmost care and concern. They answer all my questions and concerns and make me feel cared about and valued. My 89-year-old mother has the same doctor and nurse and they show her the same respect and compassion. That's why I chose 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.

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