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 10/16/2019, 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

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

368 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

57 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Dr. R ( can't spell her name) is an expert in her field she is knowledgeable and very pleasant .i have put my total trust in her to care for my eyes and I have not been disappointed. I have my eyesight today because of her care .

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

fabulous doctor. Ratchetskya is the best ever

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

I have been going to the coal Eye Center for almost 9 years and have been very happy with the doctors that I have seen.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

This provider is exceptional.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya is one of the best doctors I have had the pleasure to meet at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Aleksandra Rachitskaya is a very caring eye doctor, went over everything with me.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

this is an outstanding physician. She listens, understands my concerns and addresses them thoroughly. I have received absolutely first rate care. I feel fortunate that I am able to access such great care.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

I have recommended Cole and this physician to others.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

I felt like the doctor was hesitant to give me a full analysis of the condition of my eye because the news was so bad. We reviewed images together and I gained more information about my eye and how it should be cared for, but I wish I had asked more questions. I think I will use a Mychart message to ask them.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Doctor was very professional and explained procedure and my condition to me

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

The dr.was excellent. The intern that did a preliminary check took a very long time. I understand that my dilated eye is fascinating.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

if there was a rating of 6, the Doctors would get it

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

I love Dr. Rachaskya and her entire staff. Always a pleasure to get my eye injection.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Dr Rachitskaya is the best!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya is a wonderful doctor. I have total confidence in her.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019


Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Dr Rachitskaya is without a doubt the best retinal specialist I could have for my daughter! We would follow her anywhere!!!

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

she is an excellent doctor. always makes me feelat ease and explains everything very well.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

love seeing the doctor at hillcrest office

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya is incredible. Her bedside manner is beyond comparison. She is very skilled at what she does and always explains things to her patients. The staff and aides that work with her are always very pleasant and friendly.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

excellent doctor with good personal skills

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Dr. Engle and Dr. Ratchskaya were particularly attentive, but everyone was well beyond my expectations.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Dr. R is always caring and thorough in every exam, always taking time to answer my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

love my doctor and the clinic thank you

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

always a pleasure to come to see Dr. Rachitskaya

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya has been with me every step of the way with my condition and every single experience with her has been amazing. She is brilliant and incredibly caring, she always puts a positive spin on my condition.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

I would definitely recommend Dr. Rachitskaya.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Dr R is the best. I think I would follow her wherever she practices.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

I really liked this doctor. I look forward to having a long term relationship with her.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

front desk and assistants were very helpful & polite. my doctor is the best and I haven't had a bad experience since I started with her.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya is very busy and not always at Beachwood office, so a little more difficult to get an appointment.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Dr was excellent in involving me in the analysis and treatment options for my condition.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya is absolutely wonderful.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

I can not say enough about Dr Rachitskaya, she is wonderful. When I had some difficulty with my eye Dr Rachitskaya was kind and yet the ultimate professional. Explains thing clearly and takes all the necessary time I needed to clearly understand medical situations and treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

Dr Rachitskaya worked very hard and SUCCESSFULLY to save my left eye. Dr Rachitskaya made time for me for several days (including a weekend) and met with me daily. Dr Rachitskaya's calm, knowledgeable, and always confident and considerate manner was a blessing. The ultimate Professional who welcomes you back as a most important friend. Love Dr Rachitskaya!

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Very pleased like always with Dr. Rachitskaya and her staff.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya is a wonderful PERSON, so warm and sincere.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

will surest recommend Dr. Rachitskaya to anyone who is need of her services.

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

staff people and Dr are so comforting and pleasant.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

This was my first visit with Dr. Rachitskaya, after being a patient of Ryan Deasy, MD (a truly outstanding doctor!). After researching Dr. Rachitskaya's credentials, reputation, and patient satisfaction ratings, I finally got an appointment with her--and was not disappointed in the least. She is outstanding as well

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

My care provider was amazing !

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr Rachitskaya is an outstanding retina specialist doctor. She answers all my questions and explains test results. She makes her patients her priority and their recovery is monitored closely. She has not only communicated her medical advice but has contacted me at home to answer questions about my surgery. I highly recommend her

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr Rachitskaya is a professional in every way. She is an awesome communicator

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

love the doctor very kind, caring,and easy to talk to

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

This was our first visit with her. She interacts well with the patient. Her exam was very detailed. Her explanation on what she wanted me to do was very clear. She is an awesome dr and we wull return to see her after our cataract surgery. Really liked her.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Dr. Rachiskaya was excellent and very efficient. Great experience, especially on a Friday.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya is a healer. She is so professional, skilled, kind and caring. It is difficult to put into words how much I respect, like, and appreciate having her in charge of my eye care

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

When appropriate, I tell everyone NOT to go to the Retina Center in Columbus. To call the Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion immediately. I so very much wish that is what I had done! If I had, I might have real vision in my eye. Thanks to Dr. Rachitskaya I still have my eye. Without her and Cleveland Clinic, I refuse to ponder where I might be today.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

the Dr. is always very attentive and respectful. she takes time to listen to my concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

Dr Grissom was vwery professional and knowledgeable of my medical needs

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

Dr Rachitskaya is a gem for CCF. she thoroughly explained what was going on with my eye and demonstrated concern . She is cheerful and put me at ease

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

I have recommend my Doctor many times.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

I have all positive feeling for Dr.Rachitskaya.I hope to remain her patient always.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

I would highly recommend Dr. R and her team!

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

Dr Rachiskya is an incredible physician. She is s healer. She is compassionate along with being a world class retina specialist.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Dr. Rachitskaya was excellent in her Dalic and care of me. She was a very competent very clear and concise in examining me and discussing the plan for continued treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr. R Is extremely knowledgeable and caring. she explained everything in a manner that was easy to understand & made me feel very comfortable.

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