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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cole Eye Institute, Akron
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English, French
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Cole Eye Institute, Akron

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Corneal Transplant
  • Corneal Transplantation (penetrating And Lamellar Keratoplasty And Dsaek)
  • Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)
  • Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
  • Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK)
  • Diabetic Eye Examinations
  • Eye Examinations
  • Glaucoma Evaluations
  • Lens Implant
  • Multifocal Intraocular Lenses
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Post Surgical Exams
  • Pterygium Surgery
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anterior Ocular Disease
  • Cataracts
  • Cornea Ulcer
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal Disease
  • Corneal Scar
  • Diabetic Eye
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Inflammations
  • Herpetic Eye Disease
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Ocular Allergies
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Ocular Pain
View all 15 Specialties +


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About Rony Sayegh, MD

Rony R. Sayegh, MD, joined the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute in 2020. He is a cornea specialist with a focus on ocular surface diseases and surgeries. He earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, followed by completion of his residency training at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He then joined the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary for a two-year fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery. After graduating, Dr. Sayegh joined the faculty Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, and then in Ohio.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Sayegh does general eye examination and cares for a wide variety of corneal diseases, including dry eye syndrome, ocular neuropathic pain, corneal infections, autoimmune conditions and dystrophies, such as Fuchs disease and keratoconus. He performs routine and complex cataract surgery, anterior segment surgeries that include full-thickness and partial-thickness corneal transplantation, as well as refractive surgery. In addition, he performs the Boston Keratoprosthesis, or artificial cornea transplantation surgery to restore vision in eyes that cannot be helped with a regular corneal transplant.

Research Interests

Dr. Sayegh’s research  focuses on dry eye, specifically the ocular neuropathic pain component. He is part of the Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM) Study group and led the ocular pain subgroup of the study. He was the first to describe neuromodulation techniques for the treatment of the recalcitrant form of ocular pain, in collaboration with the neurosurgical and pain medicine departments. He continues to work on developing better ways of diagnosing and treating this debilitating condition.

In addition, Dr. Sayegh works closely with the biomedical engineering department at the Case Western Reserve University, and has published extensively on the optics of the Boston Keratoprosthesis. His work has helped find better designs and ways to perform the surgery, leading to improved outcomes.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
Cornea & Refractive Surgery
Boston, MA USA

Residency - University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD USA

Internship - John Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - American University of Beirut
Beirut Lebanon,

Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut Lebanon,


  • Ophthalmology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 9/12/2022, Dr. Sayegh 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

317 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

72 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Love this doctor

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Dr R. I always very considerate, professional and personable. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Time span from apportment to see DR & being done is a little long.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Dr Rony Sayegh is a excellent doctor, could not ask for any better. I think very highly of him.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Dr. Sayegh is absolutely wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Just very rushed. But I am very happy with Dr Sayegh otherwise and these negative feelings have never occurred

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

She is easy to talk to, and like Dr Pfeister,she's care.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Dr. Sayegh and the other medical staff were clear about all the steps in the exam, what was happening and why. I only had a few questions about the progress of the macular degeneration (not much change from last exam, thank goodness) and my questions were thoroughly and clearly answered.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

As I have said, my experience with Dr. Sayegh and all the staff I encountered at the facility has been great. Yes I will recommend Dr. Sayegh, the staff and the Cleveland Clinic and I have already done so.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Highly knowledgeable cornea physician who listened and discussed.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

We are visiting from out of town and I was pleased that they could get me an appointment to see Dr. Sayegh early in our stay!

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Dr. Sayegh took excellent care of me, my eye problems have been greatly reducedBecause of his knowledgeable care!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Dr was awesome and definitely will b back

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

The physician was outstanding in calming me down and helping my anxiety drop dramatically. I was VERY impressed with his gentle talk and calming demeanor.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022


Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Since coming to Dr Sayegh I have been recommending him to anyone that has some sort of problem with their eyes.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Exceptional provider!

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Dr. Sayegh and his staff have always been very thorough and extremely professional. Additionally, please add friendly! We have had occasion to visit the office 3 times now, and we have absolutely NO complaints at all!

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Dr. Sayegh is awesome! He really validated my experiences with neuropathic ocular pain and discussed treatments he recommend for it. I would highly recommend him to others!

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Dr Rory Sayegh always explains everything that he is doing. He is also very thorough in explaining my Plan of Care.

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

I would recommend Dr. Sayegh to the world if I could!! Top notch in my book!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr. Sayegh was really good and I would recommend him to anybody need this procedure. He was friendly and comforting with a highly professional manner that inspired confidence.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

I will definitely recommend the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye facility. I am happy to recommend Dr. Sayegh and the staff there. All the staff I have interacted with have been courteous, professional and really great.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

He is an outstanding care provider!

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Probably the nicest doctor I have ever had in a long time. Excellent care and attention to detail. Could not be happier with outcome!

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

The doctor and the assistant were very helpful and respectful.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Doctor made an effort to explain everything.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Dr. Si, I enjoy how thoroughly he walks me thru my disorder. I highly recommend Dr. Si.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Dr. Sayegh is very kind and understanding. He listened to all of my concerns a questions and answered everything courteously. I felt at ease with him and will recommend him to anyone who I know who may need the same type of services.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Doctor even was concerned about the cost of my prescription tried to get the best price

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

Dr. Sayegh is terrigic

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Very pleased with the doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Dr Sayegh is A very good addition too the medical staff at Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Dr Sayegh and his nurse are fantastic, caring people.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2022

My situation that caused me to be a patient was extremely emotional and traumatic....from start to finish every contact and interaction with Dr. Sayegh and the amazing staff at Cole Eye Institute was handled with sensitivity and I felt at ease and taken care of. Having my eyesight restored has really changed my life...and given me my freedom back..Thank God for putting Dr. Sayegh in my life.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Very concerned, attentive, pleasant, informative! It was a pleasure to be seen by this doctor. He explained and reassured me about my issue.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

I emailed questions to Dr Sayegh about concerns I had about the surgery and he called me personally to answer my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2022

The wait time was very long, I sat for an hour after initial pictures of my cornea was taken, to be seen by dr. However the staff is extremely kind, takes their time with patients, and the Dr listened to all my concerns without rushing me or being condescending.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2022

I was extremely nervous about this appointment and the Dr put my mind at ease

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2022

My first visit with doctor. I felt like he really cared about my medical problem.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2022

Provider was concerned about my medical problem.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2022

Excellent visit! Doctor was excellent!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Excellent Visit, Doctor explained very clearly and made me feel comfortable

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr sayegh was terrific. He was professional, personable, effective. He seemed to enjoy what l had to say. It was the best ever visit with him. Talked about family in a very nice way.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr. Sayegh was amazing, helped explain my issues and then educated me on what was going on, calmed me down when I was anxious and helped talk me through treatment options, and made me feel comfortable. Very happy with his quality of care.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2022

Dr. Sayegh takes time to answer all my questions no matter if I think it may be crazy. He said it's good to ask him what I want so he cane help me to care for my issues or what I believe to be an issue. That's how I learned to care for my eyes asking questions and doing what he explained to me in detail so I understood and the reasoning behind it.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

I especially liked the fact that a side effect I had from initial dry eye treatment (persistent blurry vision after erythromycin ointment) led the doctor to try another treatment (plugs in the tear ducts).

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Dr. Sayesh was excellent. It was my second visit for same problem and he prescribed me an ophthalmic ointment that worked! I had a bothersome reaction to PPE. He was so professional and had a wonderful bedside manner.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Dr. Sayesh was the best. He helped me resolve my eye issue. He was so professional and courteous!

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

I can't say enough good things about Dr Sayegh

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Doctor was very kind and understanding. He listened which I really appreciated.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

Dr.S. He was great and very informative and very concerned

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

My experience with the staff and Doctor could not have been any better. All expectations exceeded.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Dr. Sayegh was excellent: friendly, caring; and he discussed changing my prescription before doing so, to be sure the medicine was a suitable replacement to the previous one.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Throughout the process of planning for my surgery and following up afterwards, Dr. Sayegh was always thoughtful, astute, and cognizant of the latest research in his field. He explained my condition very clearly and took time to answer my (many) questions thoroughly. In addition, he is a kind and warm person with a great sense of humor. Very grateful to have him as my surgeon!

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Excellent visit with the Dr. He thought me everything about my eyes and my condition. He showed me my scans and explained what I was looking at. Laid out treatment plan and possibilities. Was also pleased to have all testing done at the same visit. When appt is made they should make patient aware of the parking situation

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Best experience I've ever had in dealing with a new provider. Very pleasant and professional.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

Dr.Sayegh is excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

I am very happy to now have Dr. Sayegh as my doctor. He was friendly and upbeat, while maintaining professional attentiveness throughout the visit. I felt heard and understood, and he explained everything well. I could not be more satisfied. I have reached an age (ugh) where I need to be able to trust in my eye care professional more than ever, and I am confident that Dr. Sayegh will provide the highest level of care available.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr. Sayegh is fantastic!

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

He was a very nice caring Dr and he also made me feel very comfortable

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Dr and nurse worked together to make sure that my exam matched my pics

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

I have total faith in Dr SayeghI'm very thankful and grateful that he takes my insurance

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Wonderful doctor, he truly listened, discussed options. Can't say enough good about him.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

The staff was courteous and friendly, as was the doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dr was very personable and was very good a explaining things.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Provider was interested in what I had to say

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

I only have good things to say about Cleveland clinic and Dr. Rony Sayegh! The care I received was the best!

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

I received the best care from Dr. Sayegh. He is a top notch surgeon!

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

All the staff including the doctor were very nice and easy to talk to

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

The doctor was very friendly,Great personality and knowledgeable. He took the time to make sure I understood everything he explained to me. He's great!!

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Dr. Sayegh is a wonderful Doctor and the staff are wonderful too.

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