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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
  • Lens-sparing Vitrectomy
  • Macular Degeneration Evaluations
  • Management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Microincision Vitrectomy Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • 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 Vitreous
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Injuries
  • Infectious Diseases of the Retina
  • Lens Dislocation
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Diseases
  • 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

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

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

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

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - John Carroll University
University Heights, OH


  • 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.

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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 1/4/2024, 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 (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

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

621 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
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

91 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Excellent doctor and staff

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Would highly recommend this care provider.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr R is fabulous. She took her time to explain everything AND answer our questions.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr Rachitskaya is an excellent physician with a calm demeanor and great bedside manner

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

I think she is a very warm and caring physician

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr Rachitskaya is excellent and I felt the exam was thorough and comprehensive, answered all my questions and addressed my concerns.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

We have had excellent care from Doctor R and her team

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Doctor R includes my wife in our visits and is caring and kind and professional . What a treasure she is.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

I had an emergency situation with my only seeing eye. I was frightened and needed to know I could be seen after normal office hours. After contacting Dr Rachitskaya she was able to help me get an appointment later that same dayI was so grateful I was seenThe follow up has been amazing and ongoing I know that this experience has given me hope and guidance for my Inly seeing eyeThings are explained and all questions were answered by Dr Rachitskyaya

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr Rachitskaya explained the images that were taken. She spent time during the examination to tell me what she saw and what had happened. She found another competent doctor who could continue my care outside of the state when I travel South for the winter Again Dr Rachitskaya explains and reassures you and answers all your questions. I have peace of mind when I leave her office

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr Rachitskaya is a true professional She treats you with respect and helps lessen your anxiety. That is a doctor who you highly recommend to others because she is extremely talented

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Definitely was not expecting to see her and her staff but Thank God I was put in their hands

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

This is first time ever that my care provider seemed to be in a hurry and did not discuss future treatment/surgery. I give care provider a pass because sometimes there are things happening behind the scenes that I am not aware of. I will continue with this care provider.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

I really appreciate Dr. Rachiskya she easy to talk to her.She is so courteous and she shows a genuine concerns by the way she listens and reply back to you about thoughts and expectations. I really sincerely appreciate her

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is a great doctor. Explains well and listens excellent. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Dr. R is excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is the best!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr R is 4+ in all categories. Others did very well.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Excellent service from Dr R and her team. So efficient, kind and patient.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Ratchitskaya as my ophthalmologist.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is my preferred retina specialist

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is beyond reproach. She has a great personality and extremely bright and professional. Excellent in every way is an understatement when describing her. I will always have her as my Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Very good visit, Dr Rachitskaya. Is wonderful. She cares about her patients and makes them comfortable.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Very good experience!! I always feel that my experience is complete with this excellent doctor!!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

She is an excellent Physician and always pleasant,kind,and courteous!!

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

The dic treated me and talked to me as though I have been her patient for years and cared about my welfare.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is an amazing physician; her clinical expertise coupled with her sensitivity and empathetic persona are the perfect blend for an exceptional patient experience.She truly cares about her patients and show that care and concern with the way she treats them and way she delivers their care. She is a, "true gem!" I feel so very fortunate to have her as my doctor and I have shared my experience with her and her staff with many others. She is one of the reasons CCF has the outstanding world class reputation it has and the reason it will always be my choice for care. Thank you!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Dr. Rachitskya is a warm, caring, and the best retinal specialist.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Dr Ratchetskaya Is always very engaged, professional and helpful. I felt well cared for.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

She the best Doctor I ever have she kind and very nice Doctor

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Doctor Is great and the assistant was as well

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

My specialist Dr. R..Cannot spell forgive me but gave me a clear prognosis.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

She is the best!!!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is very professional, kind and Intelligent.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr. Ratchetskaya is amazing. She's so knowledgeable, professional and personal!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr Rachitskaya is outstanding! The Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have such a professional. I have referred many people to the Cole Eye Center and Dr Rachutskaya.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Really great doctor to work with

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023


Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Excellent care and Provider

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

I was very pleased with the doctor and everyone else on her staff they were wonderful people they took very good care of mel

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

This particular physician is always friendly, informative and efficient.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. R is a knowledgeable professional and highly skilled. She also is very friendly and has an outstanding "bedside" manner. I am so happy to have her as a partner in my healthcare.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is the best. Very professional and caring. Trust her totally.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

I had a very good experience with my visit. Everyone is so helpful, courteous and kind. The staff at the doctors office was stellar, as was all the people I encountered on the way up to her office. Nice job Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

I'm very comfortable in the care of an excellent retinal ophthalmologist like Dr. Rachitskaya!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

I am always well taken care of by the doctor. She is great.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

The Dr is great to work with. She explains her plan for your treatment and is conservative in her treatment before the need to move to the next level of treatment if and when needed. I also like the fact that she makes her appointments to continue her observation of your condition.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

An excellent physician and a caring and thoughtful person!

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

The doctor listened, carefully responded appropriately and gave me pertinent information.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

The doctor was competent, non-condescending, and direct.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr. Rachetskya is an excellent provider, very caring, wonderful representative of the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Difficult to get timely follow up appointment the doctor is very good but very busy

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023


Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr Alexandra is one of the best!!

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Always a very good appointment with all nurses and doctors we see

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr Rachitiskaya extremely helpful informing me of every aspect of my condition.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr Rachitskaya is not only a wonderful surgeon she demonstrates incredible care for her patients and her countenance brings peace to those in her expert hands

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is an outstanding opthamologist and gives the absolute best eye care. I would recommend her, and would not see anyone but her.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

Great Dr. And staff .

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

I think Dr. Aleksandra Rachitskaya does care about her patients and tries to offer them the best care she knows using conventional medicine.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr.Rachitskaya is an outstanding physician. Her exceptional clinical knowledge coupled with her sincere caring and compassion are most impressive and appreciated. She values the provider/patient relationship and sets the tone for open communication and collaboration with regard to my care. She is a true treasurepeople are one of our greatest natural resources I'm very blessed that one of the finest is my physician at CCF.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

The staff speak very highly of Dr. Rachitskaya; and she speaks well of them. It is wonderful to see a team work so nicely together and to see them enjoying their work. This mutual respect and strong camaraderie they share is refreshing and reassuring. Once again, Dr. Rachitskaya sets the tone for this excellent work environment.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr R is awesome.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr Rachicskaya always shows extreme concern for her patients. Always feel my eyes are safe with her care

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Dr rachitskaya is an amazing doctor. A true professional. She has a way about her that makes you happy to be in the same room with her! She's awesome!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Everyone on Dr. Rachitskaya's team is friendly and professional.

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr Ratchivia is exceptionally

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Dr Rachitskaya is not only thoroughly professional, she is also kind and understanding. She answers all my questions without making me feel silly or ignorant.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

The Fellow Doctor and Dr. Rachitskaya provided excellent medical care.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Dr. Ratchiskya and her people are always excellent. Feel very comfortable with her.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Dr R is always willing to answer any questions and is courteous in explaining the process. Very pleased.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is a highly skilled and very caring doctor. She saved my father's vision by performing an emergency surgery to reattach the retina in his working eye. After surgery, she gave me her direct email address; when I got scared by how dad's eye looked as I was changing the dressing, I emailed her a picture and she immediately responded with reassurances that that's how the eye is supposed to look after surgery. She showed this level of caring throughout my dad's treatment. Needless to say, she is now my retina doctor too, and she has been equally caring as she treats me now.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

I was very pleased with my appointment with Dr Rachitskays. The staff was very friendly and Dr Rachitskays took exceptional care during my exam and explained everything to me. She also helped me to get scheduled for my annual eye exam.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

I absolutely felt truly cared for by the receptionist and the doctor.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Extraordinary physician and Fellow.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Thorough exam by the Fellow and tremendous communication between Fellow and physician.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr Ratchitskaya was very thoughtful, thorough and generous with her time.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Aleksandra Rachitskaya is a wonderful doctor. Very caring, professional, and most of all knowledgeable. Please keep her with the Clinic!!

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Absolutely love Dr I have seen her at CCF Cole and at Hillcrest. So good at explaining what is going on and why tests are needed!

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is the best Doctor have ever worked with . She should train others on bedsides manners. She listens and gives answer that actually helps

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

You can get the care but due to shortness of staff and over scheduling of patients too much time is spent waiting and doctor is always rushing from patient to patient

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

I think Dr. Rachitskaya is excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

I have complete confidence with my Dr.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Excellent, all around Dr.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

I'm blessed to be under Dr. Rachitskaya's care.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

Dr. Aleksandra Rachitskaya Is wonderful and so Is the rest of her staff , I Highly recommend Aleksandra Rachitskaya.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

She's outstanding

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Everything with Dr Rachitskaya and her staff at Cole Eye was quick and efficient. I feel good when I come to see her.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

This doctor is wonderful!! She is very professional plus kind, sweet and courteous. I am very impressed with her knowledge and expertise!

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