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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As of 9/27/2017, 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
- Genentech, Inc
- ThromboGenics NV
- Alcon, Inc.
- Roche (Hoffman-La Roche, Ltd.)
- Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
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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302 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|
15 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018
Dr Ehlers is exceptional and really cares about his patients. I see him every 6 months and he always is genuinely concerned about my health.
Reviewed on Jul 17, 2018
Dr. Ehlers is an example of the best retina specialist possible. He is brilliant, knowledgeable, kind, respectful, and very thoughtful.
Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018
Dr. Ehlers is one of the best doctors I have ever had-genuinely concerned and a great clinician.
Reviewed on May 29, 2018
I see Dr Ehlers every 6 months to follow up on an eye problem that I have.
Reviewed on May 29, 2018
excellent care since I started seeing this provider,I will recommend him to my family and friends anytime they need him
Reviewed on May 15, 2018
Dr. Ehlers is always attentive, respectful and patient. He answers all my questions and is interested in my perspective and concerns about my situation. He spends as much time with me as necessary, and never acts as if he feels rushed, even though on the occasion of this visit the office appeared much busier than usual. His nurse, Jamie, is also always very nice, respectful and friendly.
Reviewed on May 15, 2018
Dr Ehlers is always professional , considerate, and willing to answer questions and concerns . I feel very comfortable seeing him and feel he is extremely knowledgeable . I feel fortunate that I have him as my doctor
Reviewed on May 1, 2018
Dr. Ehlers and his staff are always professional, courteous and knowledgeable
Reviewed on Apr 17, 2018
Dr. Ehlers is a wonderful, brilliant retina specialist and a very caring doctor. He takes time to listen to me and always explains his own thoughts and plans clearly and thoroughly.
Reviewed on Apr 5, 2018
Dr. Ehler was very professional and took the time to answer all questions. Very assuring manner.
Reviewed on Jan 30, 2018
Excellent doctor, answered all my questions and was very kind.
Reviewed on Dec 21, 2017
Again I truly appreciate the sharing of information and willingness to answer all questions.
Reviewed on Dec 21, 2017
Doctor elhers is a wonderful doctor very good a very pleasant, my problem is with the clinic not with the doctor.
Reviewed on Dec 12, 2017
I can't say enough about how impressed and happy I was with Dr. Justis Ehlers and his whole staff. He is AWESOME!!
Reviewed on Oct 3, 2017
Doctor Ellers is a good caring A+ eye doctor
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