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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Avon Lake Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Avon Lake Family Health Center
Primary Location

Avon Lake Family Health Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Contact Lenses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Diabetic Eye Examinations
  • Eye Examinations
  • Eyeglasses
  • FAA Eye Exam
  • Optometry
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • 20/20 Vision
  • Aging and Your Eyes
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Astigmatism
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Diabetic Eye
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Care Facts for Older Americans
  • Eye Infections
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters and Flashes
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Ocular Allergies
  • Pink Eye
  • Red Eye
View all 16 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Columbus, OH USA

Undergraduate - University of Akron
Akron, OH USA

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Christopher Erwin, OD.

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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 1/1/2024, Dr. Erwin has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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

371 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

50 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Doctor was good at explaining findings, asking applicable questions and making sure I understood everything.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

I hate to boast about anyone of the Cleveland clinic doctors because they're also good, but Dr. Irwin is outstanding. He takes personal interest in his patience and with me he's very concerned about including me and my care decisions about my eyes and what I can afford as far as medications. He's personable and wants to know what's going on with my Treatment at home and I Don't believe I have ever met a more caring doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Dr Irwin is awesome!

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Excellent, easy to talk to doctor. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Dr Irwin was great!!! Super cool down to earth and great at explaining what was going on with my eyes!!!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

The best visit to see a provider in YEARS!

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Excellent care provider

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Great Dr. Professional, knowledgeable, pleasant

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr Erwin is very kind and excellent at his job.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr E is very professional and friendly. He takes the time answer questions with understandable explanations.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr. Erwin was fantastic! He was genuine, and not only took the time to answer my questions, but took the time to get to know me as a person. Truly positive experience with this doctor and his nursing staff.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Dr.Erwin treats me like an old friend we get along very well a pleasure to talk to him. Besides, he's already informative.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Great doctor!!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

I have always received excellent care from Dr. Erwin. And I especially appreciate his relaxed, friendly way of conversing with me and explaining the options I have available to me as it pertains to my vision. He is a great listener and a great talker as well!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr Irwin and his staff is absolutely wonderful.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr Erwin conducted a few tests on my left eye and informed me each step of the way. I felt assured and relaxed because of his calm demeanor and knowlege. He was sincere and helpful in communinicating that I simply needed a few eyedrops during the day and the 'scratch' on the white of my left eye was nearly already healed and very minor and nothing to worry about. I felt confident in his assessment and diagnosis and eye is healed just fine.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Cole eye institute is great. My son was treated there ans I was as well. Both doctors we saw (including dr erwin) were great. Would go there again for any eye needs

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr Erwin was beyond kind & patient with my daughter, who has been experiencing severe mental issues.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Interaction with provider is just fun! He answers my questions and encourages me to contact him if I EVER have a problem.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. Erwin is the best! He is personable, thorough and provides more education than any other optometrist I have ever seen. He seems invested in my eye health and vision and works with me to make my glasses/contacts fit my life, with work and sports/hobbies etc.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

I recommend Dr Erwin to my family

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

They took me in to see the doctor right away!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Erwin was so nice to see me on such short notice! He was very nice informative. I'm so glad I got to see him. He told me that my eye was infected. I had no idea it was infected besides my eye hurting. So grateful for him.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr. Erwin was very thorough and explained what he found on his exam to me in terms I could understand.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Dr. Erwin is so cool, he makes me feel at ease

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr Miller was excellent (I'm an old nurse-been around a lot of doctors). I'm so thankful he's young-we will follow him the rest of our lives.He's a real keeper-so thankful he's ours!!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

I had a problem and Dr. Erwin & staff members fit me into their full schedule to help me.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

Dr. Erwin explained what the problem was & how to treat it plainly & thoroughly. He was very helpful, concerned & professional.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr Erwin is AWESOME! Listens and gives easy to understand answers to your questions. Very caring.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Dr Erwin did a thorough exam, explained everything in detail, answered all my questions. Very skilled, and very easy to talk to. I would recommend him to anyone needing to be seen by an Optometrist.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Erwin is always caring, personable and professional. I think he goes above and beyond to explain in detail every issue or question without being either being sesquipedalian or pedantic.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

I have, and will continue to, recommend Dr. Erwin to those whose insurance include the Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Very positive experience. Dr Erwin gave thorough and clear explanations, and was very respectful and caring.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Scheduling was a very good experience with Dr. Erwin's office. There was absolutely no problem getting the earliest appointment and one that works with my schedule.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

There could not be a better ophthalmologist, wanting the best for his patient than Dr. Erwin, nor a more caring and friendly and professional individual.. He gives a good exam. He gives good explanations. He works with me to see what treatments would be would work, and is always concerned about how I'm feeling, And right off the bat wants to know how my eyes are doing.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

This was probably one of the best provider-patient interactions I have ever experienced. I came to him frustrated and scared about the symptoms I was experiencing. He listened, he empathized, and he helped me to find a solution. Nothing about what I am experiencing is easy, but he has me on a path to resolution and I am incredibly grateful.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Dr. Erwin answered my question about choosing a good work light for my art work, though it didn't matter to which kind of light I choose related to my eye issue, he found a suggestion for me to follow that helped my art work. Thanks. It is working well.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

I appreciate the fact that Dr Erwin saves a spot for emergency visits

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Great doctor

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

I tried twice and could not click on any of the selections to answer the survey questions. Had another great experience with Dr. Erwin and his team.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr Erwin is GREAT!

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr. Erwin spent the time to go over what was going on with my eye and explained the treatment plan. Dr. Erwin continued to make time to ensure I had the follow up care I needed.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Dr Erwin is very focused on his patients - explaining treatment options and answering questions - and has a good bedside manner and is easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr. Erwin is extremely competent and has an excellent bedside manner. He was slow and deliberate in explaining my condition, and made sure I understood salient points

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Dr. Ervin had an intern with him and was explaining how my demyelinating disease was also found in my eye. He was doing such a wonderful job teaching the intern. I also learned a more in-depth explanation of how my disease is effecting my eyes. Thank you Dr. Ervin!

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

Both Dr. Erwin and the Nursing were great. I enjoy my appointments with Dr. Erwin he explains everything in detail

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr. Erwin is amazing!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2023

As always, a great experience with Dr. Erwin!

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

The appointment was quick and easy to fit into my schedule. Dr Erwin was great. The eyeglass prescription is right on.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

The staff & Dr Erwin are always incredibly professional and caring in addressing all needs as a patient. I wouldn't go anywhere else!

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