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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Cystoid Macular Edema
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Eye Injuries
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine
Vitreoretinal Surgery
Miami, FL USA

Fellowship - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine
Vitreoretinal Surgery
Miami, FL USA

Residency - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, FL USA

Residency - The George Washington University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Washington, DC USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - John Carroll University
University Heights, OH USA


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

Retinal detachment, macular holes, macular puckers and epiretinal membranes, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions, retinal artery occlusions, eye injuries and ocular trauma, myopic degeneration, cystoid macular edema, choroidal neovascularization, retinal neovascularization, vitreomacular traction, vitreoretinal diseases, surgical and medical treatment of the retina

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 9/30/2020, Dr. Rachitskaya 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. Rachitskaya receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Alcon, 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

465 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

88 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

my doctor is very good, she cares, and it shows, therefore setting a great example for others.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Dr. Ratchiskya has been so attentive, descriptive and caring. I have felt listened to and supported every step of the way!

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

staff and doctor all great

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

both dr Ulschaker and his PA, Mr. Dolinga are excellent at all of the above questions. They work well as a team

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

Dr Rachitskaya has a great manner. She explains well and includes me in every decision. She uses the scans effectively to explain and describe my situation. That is she involves you as a partner. Very personable.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

The Dr and NP work so effectively together. I have had to contact Dr Rachitskaya and always feel comfortable with Leslie handling the issue. They are a great team!

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Dr Rachitskaya's staff is outstanding! so helpful and professional.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Dr has trained her staff to be courteous and kind to all patients.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

dr ratchskyia is phenomenal, love going to see her..

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Dr. Ratchiskaya and her team members go out of their way to help one understand

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

Dr. Ratchetskya and her assistant Leslie are both very helpful, courteous and friendly while still completing tasks in a timely fashion.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

loved my doctor

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr. Rachitsksya is one of the best doctors that I have been seen by at CCF. She is very professional , friendly , and very thorough . I have a PVD which she is watching and monitoring very closely . she puts my mind at ease at every exam . She's very honest and thoroughly explains everything she is doing during an exam . I highly recommend her to my family and friends .

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

I am very pleased with the doctors and entire staff in this office . They are always professional , answer questions thoroughly , maintain vivid precautions . I recommend this practice to family and friends. In fact my husband , two daughters, grand-daughters , brother gi there for exams and glasses.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

I love the web portal for the ability to email the doctor non-emergency questions. I miss terribly the ability to call a doctor's office directly.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

I would recommend the doctor, but would also tell people the appointments take a very long time.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya is great! I did have some questions which she answered and did not make me feel rushed.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Dr. Ratchitskaya is the kindest, most compassionate health care provider I have ever seen.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Dr R (sorry can't spell her name) is excellent her expertise and knowledge of her craft has led me to trust. my sight to her

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

I am glad Dr R always washes her hands in the room which helps to ease my fears of the virus .

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Dr Rachitskaya is a very caring person and genuinely interested in your problems. she explains everything very well and always asks if I have questions or concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya made a terrific first impression

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

The doctor who administered my eye injection did a great job. It was over before I realized he was doing it and it was my fourth time. I had very little pain during injection and I recovered the quickest of the four times with the least amount of pain and discomfort.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

I love Dr. Rachitskaya! She is always so nice and so thorough!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya is very attentive in her examinations and responds to my questions.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

she is a very pleasant and caring doctor. I will recommend her to any one who needs the care.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

I have had many excellent doctors over time but Dr. Rachitskaya is exceptional in her concern for pt health.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

I have recommended the Cole Eye Institute and Dr. R

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

The doctor and her entire staff were very professional, very kind , snd gave me impeccable care.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya and Stefani are the Best!!

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Dr. Ratchitskaya is a fantastic doctor with a balance of skill and empathy

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Excellent communication skills. Dr. shows empathy and regard for my concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

The good doctor is always attentive to patient needs.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

I trust and like this doctor. She takes the time needed to answer questions. She is a caring person and knowledgable.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Dr. Ratchiskaya and her staff are AMAZING

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Dr. Ratchiskaya is a thorough, professional and patient care physician who is responsible and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya is the best. Very helpful and answers questions with easy to understand answers. You can tell she cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Dr. Ratchitskaya explained everything beautifully.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

scheduling with Dr R was fine. I had an issue a couple of days after. Talked to a resident on call. Said to call on Friday 7/3 if no better. Still had issues next day, 7/3 . All offices closed. Had to use express care online.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

An excellent doctor. Knowledgeable and caring

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

The doctor is an excellent surgeon but does not educate the patient about symptoms to watch for, signs of problems, when a symptom is an emergency or of concern. A problem developed with my case and I had no idea that such a problem was something to be watching for.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

dr R is amazing thorough and great understanding

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

doctor. nurses and technicians explained everything that was done.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya is just a wonderful doctor. She listens to my concerns. She truly cares.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr Rachitskaya is very professional yet so concerned about you. Keeps me informed and included with my care. she the Best!

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr Rachitskaya is very pleasant. She shows genuine concern and explains stuff in a way that I can understand easily

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

very good. Dr R and staff were and are exceptional.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Dr Rachitskaya is the best I could ask for as my care provider. Genuine caliber person with great personal Insight.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

I absolutely loved my doctor. She was very patient with me and took her time as I was very anxious.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya is one of the most personable physicians that I have had. Not only is she very caring, she is extremely competent in her specialty. My visits with her are always thorough and I feel assured that she truly cares about my vision issues.

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

excellent care provider

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Dr. Aleksandra Rachitskaya is excellent!

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

doctor is always very direct and inclusive. she always makes sure I understand every procedure and instructions.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

Dr Rachitskaya and her team have provided exceptional access!

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

Dr. Rachtiskaya is outstanding! He is a stellar example of a medical professional and her care and concern for me. She exceeded the core values of the compassion for her patients, and providing the highest quality and innovative medical care. She make you comfortable with the care and procedures provided. Because Dr Rachtiskaya, her team, and the entire staff at the Cole Eye Center, I sign the praised of her and the Cleveland Clinic to many people and I always recommend Dr. Rachtiskaya. The teamwork with the different departments is great. Dr. Rachtiskaya and her team worked directly and very closely with Dr Winter and her team in Oncology. They reattached my retina at the same time going through chemo of lymphoma. They demonstrate this teamwork for my last eye procedure.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

The care and concern for the patient is world class. Based on my experience, I always recommend the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Rachtiskaya and her team for any and all eye related problems or concerns

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

Dr R is truley a gold star!

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

love dr r

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

doctor is very kind and caring. always positive.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

I adore Dr. Rachitskaya and trust her implicitly.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

always a pleasure to see dr.racheskya.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2020

excellent communication between myself and the doctor. She told me in clear terms what my condition is.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

I am very lucky to be in Dr. Rachitskaya's care.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

dr Rachiskaya is a good listener, explains things well, and put you at ease about your condition.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

excellent physician

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr. always includes me in developing action plan for going forward.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020


Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

The Dr. is extraordinarily gifted in her medical field and in her ability to relate to her patients.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Outstanding and caring Physician!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya and Dr. See, as well are just the BEST ! I throughly receive great treatment I believe. All the staff is great, also! Thanks so much,Chris

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

all have a good experience, she is a very good Dr. in my experience.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Excellent good experience,Dr.Rachetskya was very nice,answered all my questions,a great visit. I will be glad to continue.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya is absolutely one of the best physicians I have encountered at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

eye doctor is excellent I appreciate her

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

excellent staff. the doctor is exceptional

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

cannot give too high a praise. wonderful doctor

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

All the doctors worked well together, it was seamless. No complaints, no issues, I am very happy. That in itself makes me feel much better.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

It is not easy to get the appointment early. doctor is on high demand.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya reviewed the images in detail with me and quickly agreed with me about seeing my vascular surgeon to evaluate my interior artery and blood vessels supplying my damaged eye.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

it was a very good experience with the cleveland clinic. everyone was very kind and considerate. i like Dr Rachitskaya very much ...she is very thorough and understanding.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Dr. Was very nice and ex[lained what happened and so on. Very pleased with her service.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

The doctor is very intelligent, kind and supportive.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

This Dr and her nurse have a way of making you feel you are very important to them. Dr R is very warm and caring and makes you feel reassured that your eye problem is in good hands

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Dr Rachitskaya is outstanding!

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Dr. Rachitskaya is always very helpful and thoughtful. She is very caring. She is a great doctor. would recommend her to everyone.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

This physician is outstanding. She is a model of what all physicians should be.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

I have recommended this physician because of her outstanding qualities.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Dr. Ratchiskaya is an amazing, gifted and talented provider. She is patient listens to the patient and my wife addresses all concerns and answers any and all questions as well she discusses in length of planned treatment approach.

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