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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English, French
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Corneal Transplant
  • Diabetic Eye Examinations
  • Eye Examinations
  • Glaucoma Evaluations
  • Multifocal Intraocular Lenses
  • Post Surgical Exams
  • Pterygium Surgery
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Dry Eyes
  • Emergency Care
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Inflammations
  • Ocular Allergies
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Ocular Pain
View all 10 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 School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Internship - John Hopkins University
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

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 9/20/2020, 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

132 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Dr. Seyeigh is an extremely caring professional. The BEST!

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

wonderful physician- really listens

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

Love this Doctor and his assistants. He is very very personable, caring, kind, knowledgeable and funny! I would not go anywhere else for my eye care.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Doctor very thorough as well. I have a chronic eye virus. He is my 3rd doctor I have seen & hope he can figure out my problem or what is causing my virus.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr. Sayegh was concerned, personable, informative regarding my conditions, explained and showed, discussed results of tests. Very good first visit with him.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2020

Excellent care Dr. Sayegh always is through in his knowledge and care of his patients.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2020

It was surprisingly easy to be cared for by the best doctors and staff. My friends have all been there and feel the same way.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

I was nervous at first because they told me that the doctor I always used was not going to be there but the new one was just wonderful and I have no concerns at all for the future.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr. Rony did a great job. I would recommend him.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

excellent dr - very respectful and very clear on what the problem was and treatment

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Dr. Sayegh was very patient and gave great explanations.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

I felt Dr. Romy really empathized with my ongoing pain issue and spent more time listening to me than the previous 6 ophthalmologists I had seen. He suggested a completely different approach to managing my care that I am trying.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

The doctor spoke directly to my child, treating him as an important part of his own care. The doctor also explained my child's condition in a way no one has ever done, making it easier for both me and my child to understand how it works and how to treat it.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

this was my first visit with this Dr. and I was very impressed. He was very knowledgeable, kind and funny. Definitely a match for me!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

The Physician was very knowledgeable and had an excellent bedside mannet

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

The physician was great explained everything to me.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

The doctor was very nice and very patient

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

We just moved to Cleveland a few weeks ago when I experienced sudden and unusual pain in my eye. Without a primary care doctor I didn't know where to turn except to the Cleveland Clinic due to its reputation. I was so relieved I could get a same day appointment.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

The care provider was great.

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