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

Treatment & Services

  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma Consultations
  • Glaucoma Evaluations
  • Glaucoma Filtering Surgery
  • Glaucoma Implants
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Glaucomas
  • Congenital Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma
  • Pediatric Glaucomas
View all 4 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital
Miami, FL USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Scienc
Buffalo, NY USA

Undergraduate - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • Associate Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
  • Self Assessment Committee Chair, American Academy of Ophthalmology


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

adult and pediatric glaucomas, cataract/implant surgery, combined glaucoma, consultations and second opinions, glaucoma filtering surgery, Glaucoma Implants, mitomicin c, offering glaucoma evaluations

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America (many years)
  • Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Ohio Ophthalmological Society
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Glaucoma Society
  • Cleveland Ophthalmological Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/2/2019, Dr. Rockwood has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

422 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

42 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

I trust Dr. Rockwood completely with my vision. He listens to me, identifies the problem, and corrects it.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

I left the time with dr Rockwood not satisfied. He was brisk and really gave me no solution to my gears and worries. I was sad with the news and really felt he didn't want to help me

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

I have had a good experience with Dr Rockwood and he is very caring and talks to you as a person

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Dr. Rockwood listened to my concerns patiently.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

I feel that my questions were answered and that the physician has diagnosed and recommended treatment for me which I am sure will end an eye problem I have had for a year.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

huge wait for peripheral vision test, then wait for pictures then wait for doc Took all morning at cole eye

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

I simply have good words to say by way of commending the Clinic and its staff members for the extremely satisfactory treatment they have provided. The doctor renewed my spirit and I have the confidence that my eye conditions are not going to deteriorate any further and I will be able to SEE

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Did not feel Dr. took the time to look at my medical records and rushed through the exam not impressed with treatment

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Dr. Rockwood is a caring, understanding, patient person

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Assistance very attentive; Dr. seemed to be hurried.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

I waited a little over 30 minutes beyond my scheduled appt. time to be seen. The technician who actually performed my exam was pleasant and competent. Dr. Rockwood rushed through his portion in about three minutes and I felt as if he couldn't wait to be finished.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

The assistant who did my eye screening was extremely helpful and personable. She was the reason I had a positive experience. The actual doctor spend barely 5 minutes with me and did not seem to know the slightest bit about me or why I was there. I would not recommend him.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Again, everyone except the doctor was exceptional.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

The Dr. was in an incredible hurry. Basically we drove 6 hours back and forth to be treated like we live around the corner.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Dr. Rockwood was very Skillef and Professional and had an Excellent chair side manner that made me feel Respected and in very good hands. I have a very deep Respect and would travel long distances to have the Honor of putting my Vision in his hands.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Appt felt very rushed with little explanation of cataract surgery option and decision left to me. Not a typical appt with this provider.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

I really didn't like the Attitude of Dr. Rockwood. He was very nonchalant. or callus, uncaring. Pray to never see him again. This is the way that he made me feel, as a new Patient. he appeared to be not interested in my well being, at all. Or me for that matter.!!! thank you very much and May God bless each of you.. all else went well. the rst was courteous and kind!

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Both Dr Rockwood and his PA/NP were great.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

I view my Dr as an expert and extremely knowledgeable. His professionalism was sub par. He seemed to be irritated in general, at staff and irritated at being asked questions which he answered curtly. I have scheduled my next 6 mo check with the Dr. but I'm hesitant to return to this physician.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Dr. Rockwood delivers good news very well!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr. Rockwood was very good and empathetic in explaining my grave situation in my L eye. He is always very professional and competent. I hope he has a nice vacation. One other thing, his office is one of the best at the Clinic for responding to phone calls or MyChart messages.

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

I appreciate Dr. Rockwood never seems too busy to address my questions and/or concerns.

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

Dr. Rockwood provided me a clear understanding of my current condition and moving forward, what to expect.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Excellent doctor. I have great confidence in Dr Rockwood and received excellent care. I feel fortunate I was able to receive the care I did at the Cole Eye Institute.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

care provider was very abrupt, did not take much time with me at all after waiting 2 hours to see him. this is the worst experience I have ever had at Cleveland Clinic with any of the care providers.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Overall my experience at the Cole Eye Institute was timely but thorough. I was impressed with the collaboration between Dr. Edward J. Rockwood & the other female doctor who made it a point to make sure she understood my patient history from my previous Opthamalogist. In additition I was also impressed with the Imaging testing of which I did not recall having in the past. When I left my initial appointment, I felt more informed, aware, empowered & BLESSed!

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Dr Rockwood is not personable at all and makes you feel uncomfortable. I would never request to see him or recommend him to anyone I know. He ordered tests and never even explained what he was ordering or why. Then he comes in to tell me I don't have glaucoma. I never did to begin with that was not why I was there. I still have eye pain and worry that something is wrong.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

*Dr. Rockwood is always excellent, courteous & professional.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Rated this provider very low - he was very uninterested, condescending, treated me poorly, has no bedside manner, and at times rude. I had a clinic badge on and (not that it should matter) I would have thought he would have respected that. My questions were answered in a way as though they were meaningless and were very short. One Example: Would not look at me when he was talking to me was looking through the eye machine, I was trying to look about the machine to see his face and doc made no effort to speak directly to me, another example: I asked for a recommendation for eye drops - doc says "I can't say that - that would be promoting one over the other". Seemed as though he did not want to treat me, hear my questions or concerns, or just dismissed them as not important, was in a big hurry to get out of the room. Will never recommend this doctor and will never come back to see him again.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

Dr. Rockwood is very professional and explains things well

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

I have always had a good experience from the guy that parks my vehicle to fern the nurse I get nice lady I am always nervous and she calms me down I am vary vary great full to have Dr Rockwood

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

amazing experience,dr rock wood and Fern we're both outstanding professionals. I will drive from Columbus to Cleveland every timee from here on out.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

I went to the Clinic thinking that I needed cataract surgery. Dr. Rockwood concluded that my cataracts were tiny and didn't warrant surgery and a new eyeglass perscription was warranted and that was his recommendation. Anything else was up to me. I left in doubt, but filled the persccrition and found Dr. Rockwood to be right on!

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr Rockwood is professional and efficient, no problems with him

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr Rockwood is so good at what he does that I didn't care that he discussed everything with the resident and that I felt left out. I need swift and immediate action for my eye and I got it. I will definitely return to see him after my surgery

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

Dr Rockwood is amazing. He is a top notch eye surgeon and has been very professional

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr Rockwood is in my view the consummate physician...competent, but compassionate and kind. his approach is honest and straight forward.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

I was happy to get a consult with the doctor at this short notice while visiting my son and daughter in law

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

I liked her so much for her knowledge,maturity , professional and diligently clean that she was as equal to the doctor which tells about her experience and dedication

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

scheduling was easy. appointment was timely. automated check in was simple and fast. appointment occurred before scheduled time. tests were performed promptly and and assistant doctor were somewhat curt.I found them to be a little condescending and cold.I have to admit that my appointment was long overdue, which may have colored the doctors' treatment of me. in any case, I did not feel welcomed or comfortable.Also, I prefer the old self parking lot. Valet personnel were attentive and great, but I prefer the old parking lot.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

Dr Rockwood has always shown exceptional care and been extremely informative when providing me information on my conditions.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

Dr. Rockwood is fantastic with his care and concerns. He was quick to respond to our questions and concerns about surgical procedures, providing laymen terms to assure we clearly understood procedures and recovery. Would highly recommend Dr. Rockwood. Also he has excellent choices in his staff.

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