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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 (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:

  • 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

671 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

82 Patient Comments

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!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

My doctor has my utmost trust She answers all concerns and questions

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

I see Dr. Ratchitskaya on a regular basis, so I don't need or expect her to go into great detail about my care on every visit.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

She is extremely knowledgeable and comprehensive in her approach. She explained various issues with my retinas, what was most critical, and the need to monitor vs. Immediate treatment. She was very thorough and professional.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is an outstanding doctor and surgeon. She is understanding and patient in listening.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Dr.Rachitskaya listened to my questions and answered my questions about ongoing care. She is always very caring and that is why I would recommend her to those I know who may need retina care.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is not only a fantastic doctor, but truly cares! She always goes above and beyond to make sure that my eye issues are being well taken care of and answers all questions, (whether good news or not so good news she is always truthful for my best interests!)

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr Rachitskaya is an excellent care giver. I feel very fortunate to be in her care. She is very personable and thorough and is very focused on guiding the patient's care to the best outcome. She takes the time to answer questions without seeming rushed.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr. Ratchiskaya Always takes excellent care of me. I trust her completely.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

I love Dr. Rachitskaya!! She is intelligent, explains things, answers my questions, and is considerate. I hope she never goes anywhere else!!!!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya communicates thoroughly and adds other additional comments as necessary.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr Rachitskaya has a wonderful bedside manner, and explains all your test results with you and actually shows them to you. Makes sure your questions are answered before you leave.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Very good doctor

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya has been exceptional when it comes to any explanations of treatment..

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 4, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is an outstanding physician in every way; In her professional and personal skill. I highly recommend her. I have been making the Inconvenient trip to Cleveland for many years to see her, because of my total confidence and genuine appreciation of the care she gives. I am so glad I encountered her.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is outstanding in her professional skill and personal attention and care.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Rachitskaya is a concerned and caring doctor!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

*Dr. Rachitskaya is a "WONDERFUL" doctor and would recommend her to others - she certainly is a "KEEPER!!!"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Although I am scheduled to see the doctor and she comes In to talk with me, I am always concerned that the five minutes that spent with me is not enough time to evaluate my problem

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

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

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr. Aleksandra Rachitskaya is the best, very knowledgeable, compassionate, approachable, I could not ask for better doctor to take care of my eye issues, I'm so lucky to have her as my eye doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is very detail oriented and shows concern as she explains what is happening. I never feel like she is being rushed. Always taking time to listen and answer questions.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

She is excellent

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

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 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 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

The doctor is most informative and very detailed.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Dr. Is always so thorough & pleasant

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

She is a top notch provider!

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

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