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

Treatment & Services

  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Corneal Transplant (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
  • Intraocular Lens Implantation
  • Multifocal Intraocular Lenses
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Post Surgical Exams
  • Pterygium Surgery
View all 20 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 7/30/2023, 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

421 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 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

53 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr Sayegh is wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

All good. Great doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Dr. Sayegh is a wonderful Doctor. Always listens to my questions and concerns. Is kind, patient, courteous but friendly too. I can't recommend him highly enough. Very well educated in his field and open to what you think. Wants my input on my care. Wonderful Doctor and person!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Sayegh listens to concerns and questions. He takes the time to provide complete and helpful answers.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

I drive a good distance to see him because my condition is complicated and he is clear and compassionate in his treatments and my care Plan

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr Sayegh was good but very quick. I waited 1 hour and 15 minutes to be seen for about 5-7 minutes

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Doctor Sayegh was very informative of my condition and explain in detail all aspects of eye with photos and drawings which helped me understand possible surgery in future, Very kind and helpful

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

This is one of the best eye dr.s I've ever visited. He answers all my questions and concerns. He has taught me how to cate for my eyes in-between my visits. This has allowed me to be able to care for myself. Thank you Dr. Sayegh. May God always bless you for your kindness and knowledge you share with your patients. This makes for great staff whom considers our questions without judgement.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

This is one of the best eye dr.s I've ever visited. He answers all my questions and concerns. He has taught me how to cate for my eyes in-between my visits. This has allowed me to be able to care for myself. Thank you Dr. Sayegh. May God always bless you for your kindness and knowledge you share with your patients.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Doctor is very competent and engaging.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. And his nurse made every visit pleasant and informative.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Dr. Rony R Sayegh is one of the nicest and most pleasant people I've ever met.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Very good, attitudes from the doctor and staff members..

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Really personable and knowledgeable. I will see Dr S for my continuing care.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Been a patient since 2021. He has helped me tremendously. Dr Perez had referred me to him.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Love him - very caring, calm manner. Does a great job explaining proposed treatments/next steps

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Sayegh answered my questions and provided information that helped me to better understand my severe dry eye condition and the treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

The doctor was great. I feel comfortable having him do my surgery

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

I see Dr. Sayegh in Akron and this survey pertains to that team and location only.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr. Sayegh is an excellent physician and always takes the time to answer my questions.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Do not feel the same way about Cole Eye Institute downtown. This location and Dr. Sayegh are a pleasure to visit.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

I was 100% satisfied with my visit to Dr. Sayegh. He was generous with his time. Very helpful. I was extremely happy.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr sayegh is a kind compassionate provider. I can't say enough good things about him

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Excellent staff and doctor

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

I would highly recommend this provider to everyone whom needs medical assistance with ther eyes. He really cares about his patients and answers all their questions. If he doesn't have a answer right then he will make sure to follow up with the answer.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

Dr. Rony Sayegh is awesome! I cannot rave any more about him! Always pleasant and helpful. Gives great suggestions and makes you feel so welcomed.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

The physician did not seem to care much about my original concern and focused on another problem (which did need addressed). I did not feel heard

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Every single person I spoke to from scheduling to the doctor and assistants were all absolutely fantastic

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Love this Doctor and this office is so well run

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Love Dr Sayegh. He is so nice and friendly and very competent!,,

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2023

I am very comfortable with him and trust his judgment. He's the best.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

I was very impressed by the examination, the degree of information, as well as the doctor and staff.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. Sayegh is an exceptional Doctor. I would recommend him to anyone!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr Sayegh discussed options, a course of treatment, and will follow up with how treatment is going and what step 2 will be if necessary.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Extremely pleased with Dr Sayegh, professionals/staff. In the process of scheduling a second procedure. Would highly recommend to friends and relatives.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Dr. Sayegh squeezed my son in for an urgent visit the following day. We were very appreciative.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Dr. Sayegh and his staff are always so kind and helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr Sayegh is amazing. He is extremely patient and kind. He is great at communicating.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

I had the best experience with Dr Sayegh. He explained everything well and in terms I understood. He took his time and was understanding to my eye pain and light sensitivity. He even came in on an off day to follow up with me and to make sure treatment was working. I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

I love my doctor! He has a very nice bedside manner as well as skills in how he does his job. Look forward to seeing him next year!

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

Jackie at Dr. Meffley's (at Cole Eye Medina Hospital) is wonderful! She does an excellent job and is always so friendly!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

I really liked working with Dr Sayegh. He really listens and responds well.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2022

I would highly recommend my provider to everyone for he cares about his patients and listens to my concerns on the questions I asking him. He makes sure I understood everything before I leave. Thank you for providing me with this provider. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my eye care.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Dr. Sayegh is a wonderful Doctor that truly listens and cares about his patients. He may be delayed but for good reseaning. He isn't just in and out or pushy. A true breath of fresh air! I'd recommend Dr. Sayegh to anyone!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Good like dr tony very much

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

Unbelievable service and care from all providers

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Doctor spends the necessary time with each patient to understand and explain options.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Dr. Sayegh is truly top notch. After several severe episodes of recurrent corneal erosion I knew a surgical procedure was a possibility. Dr. Sayegh did not presume that this was the only option. He gave choices, shared clear risks/benefits, and respected my husband and I processing our decision ultimately to move forward with a surgical procedure. He is extremely respectful and caring, he made the procedure smooth and alleviated anxiety. Explained each step well and ensured comfort. So grateful to have him as a doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr Sayegh is very down to earth, he's kind, caring and funny.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

Dr. Sayegh is outstanding he made me feel that he really cares for me

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Really respect Dr R Sayegh

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

I really like Dr. Sayegh (?) He is a really nice manHe answered all my questions

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

Dr. R Sayegh, MD exceeded my expectations in all areas! Great Dr.

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