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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

Treatment & Services

  • Epiretinal Membrane Surgery
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Intravitreal Injections For Retinal Disease
  • Laser For Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Laser Treatment Of Retinal Disease
  • Lens-sparing Vitrectomy
  • Macular Degeneration Evaluations
  • Management Of Age Related Macular Degeneration (Amd)
  • Microincision Vitrectomy Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Scleral Buckle
  • Surgical And Medical Treatment Of The Retina
  • Sutureless (Small Gauge) Retinal Surgery
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Vitreoretinal Diseases
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Cystoid Macular Edema
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diseases of the Retina
  • Diseases of the Vitreous
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Injuries
  • Infectious Diseases of the Retina
  • Lens Dislocation
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Traumatic Retinal Detachment
  • Vitreous Detachment
View all 20 Specialties +


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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 School of Medicine
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

See publications for Aleksandra Rachitskaya, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 10/12/2022, 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:

  • Alcon, Inc.
  • Roche (Hoffman-La Roche, Ltd.)
  • Apellis Pharmaceuticals, 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

609 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

74 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Dr. Rachetskaya is possibly the best doctor that I have ever seen.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is an excellent physician. She is a great asset and her precense is a great chance for Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is a concerned and caring doctor!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Always professional. Natural caregiver, no effort, comes to her very easily.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr and her pa were very pleasant Dr is always very kind and friendly and helpful She is great that's the reason I go back because of her !!!!!!!!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

If my dr worked else where Definitely would recommend her

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is the best provider, and I respect her as a person and her practice with the highest degree of appreciation.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute is an outstanding facility with the best providers. I am very happy to see the expansion.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Excellent experience with the physician.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

I am very lucky to be treated by Dr. Rachitskaya. She is thoughtful, caring, professional and very knowledgeable. It's always a pleasure seeing her.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2022

Dr. R. She' s the best!!!!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

The Doctor is always outstanding and caring

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

DR. Rachitrskaya and all the other people working for her do an excellent job and all work together very well.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

I've been treated by Dr. Rachitskaya for almost three years.. I think very highly of her.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

Dr rachitskya is one of the best! Pleasant explains everything. Love her

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

DR. R explains everything to me

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

She's a great Doctor caring and helpful

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Dr Rachitskaya's secretary was very helpful in scheduling a follow up appointment for me that worked with my travel plans.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Dr Rachitskaya and her entire staff are to be complimented on their care of me during my recovery from detached retina surgery. They were very professional and attentive to my needs and listened to my concerns. They are an asset to the healthcare provided by Cleveland Clinic and I would highly recommend them.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

The Dr is always pleasant and professional.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

The doctor was very helpful friendly and concerned about my eye health. Did care for the assistant that to me to the back to put eyedropper in my eyes. She was hash uncaring and seems to be in a hurry.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya has a very kind "bedside" manner. She listens, she assesses and then answers questions and concerns. While losing vision is a concern, she was compassionate and reassuring. She is a Jewel !

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

I like Dr. Rachitskaya very much.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Everyone was cordial, appointment on time, very happy with the Doctor and all the staff.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

I've always recommended Dr Rachitskaya to other people who have the same diagnosis as my mother.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dr. Rashiskya is wonderful. 6 years after doing my surgery I'm still doing well! Wonderful surgeon.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Great Doctor!!! Very happy with her!!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

World class. Dr Rachtiskaya is beyond the best.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

Dr R is fabulous! She goes over my oct results with me( as an RN I am familiar with the pictures) She and I have a treatment plan developed for now and for the future should my condition change.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Dr R is terrific!

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Dr. Rachetskaya Is terrific!!

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Dr. Is always so thorough & pleasant

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

She is a top notch provider!

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

The doctor is most informative and very detailed.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Took awhile to schedule the appointment. Recommended MD very busy

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Both the fellow and Dr Rachitskaya took time to explain my condition, my options and future care. Felt very comfortable

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

My eye doctor gave me a verbal and a written assessment of my condition

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

She is a truly excellent doctor!!!

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

The overall wait between aids and doctors seemed high (over 3 hours).. Considering we arrived 30 minutes early, all my medical records were provided by my previous retina specialist over a month earlier, and treatment requirements at this appointment just had to be verified. That said, I was pleased with Dr Rachitiskaya and her staff.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

She is the best!!! Very upbeat, knowledgeable, thorough and offers good advice

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Dr. Rachitskya was GREAT! She answered my questions! She is a great Doctor who has empathy in me.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

This beautiful Dr. Is very smart n she give me all the care I need for n she me also my other appoint until my eyes are in good condition that I'm expecting to be , I'm very happy that I have a Excellent Dr . Like her

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Everything at Dr Rachitskaya's office went very smoothly.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is terrific, and I have recommended to others here in Central Ohio that they consider going to the Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Have already recommended Doctor Rachitskaya specifically to two other friends with macular problems.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is very thorough, thoughtful and knowledgeable. So glad to be under her care.

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

This doctor can only be described as an exceptional physician in all areas of practice. Far above good in concern about problem, meticulous in using diagnostic tests to find any early indicators of future problems, etc

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Dr. R and her staff are excellent.

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

I think everyone in Dr Ratchskaya's office were very good.

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is the best physician I have ever had. She has cured my diabetes, caught my silent stroke, and I can still see because of her. I am very grateful for her. Barbara T Harris, BSN, CRNA

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Was impressed by Dr R and her nurse practice manager. She showed me the films. I was reassured since she admitted that she needed to a little research on the drug I had as taking since she was not familiar with it. Kosologo is a recently released medication for neurofibromatosis.

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Dr is excellent very kind and caring I can't say enough about her

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Great doctor & very good service.

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Dr Rachitskaya exemplifies the Cleveland Clinic values in all her interactions. She provides excellence in care, quality and safety, and works exceptionally well with her team. Her compassion for her patience shines through. I truly look forward to my appointments with her. She is an outstanding caregiver

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Dr. Ratchitskaya didactic abilities are excellent .

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

I think Dr Rachitskya is the very best. She is so caring and even gave me her assistants phone number to avoid the switchboard in care of emergency.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Love Dr Rachitskyaa

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Doctor Ratchaskya has always given me 100% and included me in all aspects of the care she has given me. And yes, I have recommended her to my daughter.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

I have been with Dr. Rachitskaya for more than 6 years. She is very good, kind and attentive to my situation. The Nurse/assistants I have work with at this facilities are well accommodating to me. I think they are as important as the doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

There is not one time in the history of visiting Dr Rachitskaya have I had a bad experience. Awesome care!!!

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

My care provider Dr Rachitskaya provides the utmost professional and personal care. Thank you

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

Couldn't ask for a better doctor !

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is a first class care provider. I feel very fortunate to be able to seek her assistance.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

One of the best physicians I have seen in 50 years.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is outstanding! She saved my vision and I will go to no other eye surgeon as long as she is available. I respect her opinion and look forward to seeing her. Although the time with her is short, it's like seeing an old friend again.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2022

The doctor was very friendly and so were all the people that work for her very please

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2022

*Dr. Rachitskaya has been my eye dr. for many years. I have utmost faith & trust her completely. She always gives me the truth! Personally want to thank her for always taking care of me.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr Rachitskaya always makes sure that residents are prepared and are aware of each individual patients history. She's the best!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr. Rachitskya Is an excellent physician! Very caring! Although she is very busy, you'd never know it. You feel like the only one there.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr R is extremely compassionate & skilled in her profession. Her skill in eye surgery prevented me from losing total sight in my right eye

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Overall the care is excellent at Cleveland Clinic I have placed my trust in Dr. R and she has not failed some assisting fellows are more skilled in administering injections than others but I hope all of them would be brought up to the same level of skill when performing their practice.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya provides excellent care. She never made me feel rushed or unimportant. She, as well as Leslie, answered all my questions and made sure that I didn't have any unanswered questions when I left.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is outstanding. I can not say enough good things about her. Beyond being an amazing surgeon, her bedside manner is unrivaled. I have been a patient of Dr. Rachitskaya's for 8 years, and I would follow her anywhere in the country to receive care from her. I have never had a bad experience while in her care. If she wants a raise, give it to her. She walks on water as far as I'm concerned.

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