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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 10/13/2021, 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

540 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 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.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is always wonderful. She is very professional and personable. She takes care to answer my questions . She turns away from the computer and focus on me when we are having our discussions. I truly appreciate this level of attention. She is always willing to discuss new treatment opportunities I may have heard about or discovered through reading. She is very descriptive of my medical situation.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Dr. Rachitskaya is awesome! She is sweet and caring. I am blessed to have such a great eye specialist.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

The Doctor's were very professional in their care of me

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Very Good Experience with Provider

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Love my doctor!!!

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

My doctor answered all of my questions and went over my test results with me. I was very please with my visit.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

My doctor was concerned about me as a person.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

Dr Rachitskaya is a class act. Could not ask for more.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

Doc R is awesome she is so patient and friendly and I feel gave me exceptional care!!!!

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

I like and appreciate Dr. Rachitskaya. She is kind, knowledgeable, professional and gentle. I have been with her for about 5 years or more.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya is incredibly gifted and runs an extremely efficient operation. I am always impressed.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

I have had many excellent doctors, but Dr Rachitskaya is way beyond excellent. Exceptional

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Very impressive and kind; excellent at explaining things. A remarkable doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Dr. Ratchitskaya (sp) is a knowledgeable and caring physician.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

I have been very satisfied with this provider and recommended her to my daughter who Is now her patient as well.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Wonderful , kind and caring physician

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Wonderful,kind and caring physician

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

I have nothing but respect and admiration for Dr. R...expertise, currency in her field, quality and efficiency of her communication are all excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr R is very professional and her team are also the wait times seem to be getting better now it seems she has more staff to help her

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

As usual Dr. And technicians were top notch

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

So thankful Dr Rachitskaya was able to give me a second opinion on such short notice. I left Vitreo Consultants and called the Cole Clinic. They saw me the very same day and get the second opinion I needed and my surgery was scheduled for Nov. 1.Dr Rachitskaya said she would do all she could as the eye had soo much scarring. I saw Dr. Rachitskaya today and she was very pleased w the results. I have no words for all she has done to save my sight

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

*Dr. Rachitskaya is always very kind and caring. She doesn't rush time and listens to all my questions. She is a wonderful provider!

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

My experience with this _____ was good. I do have some other opinions about another dr. I have seen. but *Dr. Rachitskaya is A++!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Dr Rachitskaya has been a wonderful, knowledgeable and kind physician.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

I have always had a great experience at the Cole Eye Center. Both of my doctors are very caring and answer all my questions.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Awesome doctor! I am so grateful for all she has done to restore my vision!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

The Dr. Was wonderful and explained everything regarding my Aunt's findings via the telephone because I could not be present .

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

My doctor was excellent in listening to me and answering my questions. I am glad to have her as my eye doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr Retchisya my retina dr truly the best of the best

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

From Day 1, Doctor Rachitskaya has been outstanding! Her communications about my recovery/treatment plans is top notch, and her nterpersonal skills are excellent. Most important to me, I believe that she handled a very complex surgery (11 months ago) with tremendous skill, and I have complete confidence in her judgment as it relates to my post surgery plan and ongoing care. I intend to continue driving two hours to the Clinic in order to have Dr. Ratchitskaya handle all my ongoing eye evaluations.P.s. Her assistant (Leslie) has also been tremendous with communicating explanations, and provides an excellent complement to Dr. Rachitskaya.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Doctor R is very kind, compassionate and professional. She is extremely knowledgeable. I appreciate the excellent surgery outcome

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya fit me into her schedule because she thought it necessary to evaluate the results of my extended laser surgery on Friday before Labor Day. She and her staff were very caring and gave me comfort of their competent care.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya was very concerned about me as a person, not just a patient. She interacted with one of her colleagues who I see for glaucoma (and who did the first laser surgery on my left eye when no one else was available due to 2 emergencies). There was no hidden agenda on how I should be treated.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

This doctor is one of the very best - professionally and personally. We travel a good distance because of her expertise, and she has excellent communication and people skills. I cannot speak highly enough about this phenomenal doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

The staff and doctor are very friendly and professional.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya and her team are consistently exceptional. I do wish, however, that I would be asked to survey her colleague, Dr. Jeffrey Goshe. Dr. Goshe and his team have played a key role the preservation of my eyesight and are deserving of many kudos, as well.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Not only an excellent doctor, but she is an outstandingly fine person

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Service is always fast with courteous & detailed examiners who prep you for the doctor! Any questions are answered that you ask!

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Dr. Rachitskaya is the best and we would follow her anywhere!

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

The provider was was skilled and explained everything in a timely and professional way.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

My physician and her team are fantastic.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

I respect her and she is very thorough. I requested a letter for work and Dr. Ratchiskya provided it.

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!

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