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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
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 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

495 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

76 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya MD shows she cares every time I see her. Nobody explains my scans better than she does. She is a wizard with the ophthalmoscope. She works with me to the side whether I need and injection or treatment. It's obvious she is concerned about my comfort as well as my vision. She is great at her job. And her assistant Leslie, is just as good. She helps plan my next visit, ensuring the location and dates are easily obtained.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Excellent care provider,

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya is one of the most sincere doctors that I know. At Every appointment I have had with her she has been so kind, caring and very professional. Dr. Rachitskaya is very knowledgeable about my issues and I trust her completely.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr. Ratchiskya was very caring and very thorough in my visit. I appreciated her caring nature.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Time with Dr R was somewhat rushed less so with her retina fellow

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Outstanding staff, and visit (during my embarrassing Syncope conditions) by Dr. Ratchiskya. Thank you !!

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

I love my doctor

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

The doctors and the staff I have been very good I have no complaints

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

The doctor is very good. Takes the time to answer my questions. The shot giver needs to remember it's my eye he or she is working on and it can be a little traumatizing at times. There are good shot givers and there are bad ones.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Dr took her time with me, she always does. She explains and answers all of my questions and concerns. She is the Best!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya is always good humored and I think an excellent physician

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya is very thorough has an excellent bedside manner. i have confidence in her and I trust her to manage my eye care. I highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

I always recommend Cole eye Center to anyone who is looking for great doctors

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

love Dr. Rachischaya and her team

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya is very personable and communicative.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

very impressed with the Doctor. everything she replied to my concerns were answered with compassion and professionalism. so glad I went to The Cleveland clinic to put my mind at ease

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr Rachitskaya's assistant is Leslie, she makes sure mom has the next appointment scheduled before we leave.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2021

I had a very informative visit as to the status of my vision issues and the Doctor was very supportive in my concerns.

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

These responses apply to the Fellow as well, who met with me before my meeting with Dr. R. I don't recall his name, but he was great in every regard. I would sign up to be his patient immediately. he embodied what you expect out of a doctor at the clinic; competent, capable, personable, and he listened. Reminded me a lot of Dr. Culver.

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

excellent experience with all persons in the office. The doctor was professional, knowledgeable, and kind and caring.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

I have had very good experiences with Dr. Rachiskaya, she is very kind and informative.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

except Retina doctor..Explained everything to me about my problem and gave me a chance to enter a special program that focuses on retina problems

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya couldn't be better! She is an amazing doctor, not only in her medical skills but also in her personal touch and warm personality.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

I didn't appreciate having a Fellow come in first before the doctor explaining my pictures. My husband asked her if there was anything new in there works for macula. She said yes, but it wouldn't be available for a long time and she stated my age. In other words, I would be dead.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

My experience with Dr Rachitskaya and her teams care is always Exemplary and Professional.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

I will recommend this providers care to others

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

dr. ratchiskaya is an excellent physician & we would highly recommend her. the first technician that we saw was great. she exhibited compassion, expertise & professionalism.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

cole eye institute is great. fast, efficient, organized. total pros. Dr. Rachitskaya makes me feel like I am in expert care. she is a great listener.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

The resident helping Dr R was not clear on some things but Dr R corrected and said she would address with that person that js why the switch between good and very good.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

my visit visit with the doctor and she took the time to ask questions about my history and listened to my concerns

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

There's never a bad experience when I visit Dr. Rachitskaya. She is the best. I also feel she has my best interest.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

the experience with the doctor was top notchand her staff,

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

like I said before the doctor and her staff went over and above actually carried on a conversation with youwhich put me a ease

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya is an excellent MD and would definitely recommend her. No complaints!

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Dr Rachitskaya always professional and caring. She asked me directly my opinion and sought my decision on the current plan. she does this so well. Always informative.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Amazingly Considering the Fact that Dr. Ratchiskaya with all her Patients she and Staff are very Good

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

dr. Ratchiskya was very thorough in her testing, and very compassionate in her caregiving.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

The diagnosis I received was totally unexpected but everyone was kind and caring which made it much easier. Dr Rachitskaya and her team thoroughly explained everything calming my apprehensions and nervousness.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

I have had many excellent doctors. Dr. Rachitskaya goes beyond and I regard her as an exceptional clinician.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

My experience with Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Rachitskaya was very positive. She is a fantastic doctor and great person. I will definitely recommend both to others!

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr Rachitskaya is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya always goes out of her way to explain any tests that were done and their results. She is always personable but thoroughly professional.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

I trust her more than any physician that has ever cared for me. She is fantastic, very thorough and precise.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

I was so pleased with the care I received from my eye doctor, she was very through with my eye exam. I also was impressed with the staff, everyone was so friendly and efficient.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

I really appreciated the time my doctor took with me to explain my medical condition and the course of treatment, which helped to calm my fears.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Very attentive staff all around, and even in MyChart communications with the Dr.'s staff (Sandy W.)

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 15, 2020

My answers are directed to Dr. Alexandra Rachitskaya and her assistant/nurse. The doctor is very good to me from my first visit. I have been very happy with her and hope that she continues to take good care of me and my situation. I appreciate her professionalism, her friendliness and her willingness to listen to my questions.

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

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