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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Pediatric Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinitis
View all 4 Specialties +


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About Jonathan Sears, MD

Jonathan Sears, MD, is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic. He received his undergraduate education at Yale College, graduating cum laude with a BS in chemistry. He continued with medical school at Yale University School of Medicine, where he developed a novel method of screening B-cell epitopes, which was used to help develop the Lyme vaccine. He was a Resident in Ophthalmology at Yale as well, and next completed a two-year surgical fellowship at Emory University, where he developed an interest in pediatric retinal detachment and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

Dr. Sears' research interest is in ROP. He uses a mouse model of ROP to test the hypothesis that small-molecule activators of hypoxia-inducible factor are able to drive retinal development early in life to prevent ROP detachment.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Emory University Hospital
Vitreoretinal Fellowship
Decatur, GA USA

Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT USA

Internship - Yale-New Haven Hospital
Internal Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Medical Education - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Undergraduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA

Professional Highlights

  • AAO Achievement Award
  • The Hartwell Foundation Research Fellow
  • Matilda Zeigler Foundation Research Fellow


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

retinal detachment secondary to degenerative disorders such as myopia or trauma or diabetes, retinopathy of prematurity and other acquired vitreoretinal diseases, vitreoretinal diseases, pediatric retina

Awards & Honors

  • Distinction in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Yale University, 1988$0$0Cum Laude, Yale University, 1988
  • Yale Medical Student Research Fellowship, sponsored by National Institutes of Health; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Section of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine, 1990-1992
  • Harold J. Lamport Prize, awarded for the most creative biomedical research by a Yale medical student, Department of Biochemistry, Yale School of Medicine, 1992
  • Yale Resident Research Prize, Department of Ophthalmology, 1995 and 1996
  • Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship, in support of clinical research, 1997
  • Emory Medical Care Fellowship, in support of basic science research, Emory University School of Medicine, 1997
  • Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, Fellow Research Competition, Finalist, 1998
  • Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, 1998
  • Clinical Investigator Development Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2003
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005-2009
  • Best Doctors in Cleveland, 2005-2009
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 2007
  • Editorial Board Member Online News and Education (O.N.E.), 2007
  • Editorial Board Member British Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Best Research, Poster American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2008
  • Strathmore Who's Who 2009

Innovations & Patents

  • Stimulating angiogenesis to prevent ischemic retinopathy


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • International Congress of Eye Research
  • Association of Pediatric Retinal Surgeons
  • Cleveland Ophthalmic Society
  • Heed Ophthalmic Society$0$0
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 10/16/2019, Dr. Sears 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

273 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

66 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Dr Sears is the best in class!!! I'm blessed to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Dr. Sears is such a caring and concerned eye doctor. He is very thorough!

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Dr Sears and his staff always answer my question s and explain procedures, follow up directions etc

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr. Sears & his assistant Christina, are simply the best! and I am always telling people about the wonderful work they have done and continue to do to preserve my eye sight. Great job!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Dr. Sears is the best

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

I wish Dr Sears could do the cateract on my right eye but he did help me choose a cateract specialist a Cole Eye Clinic and I have an appointment. Dr Sears and staff are great.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Good experience. The Doctor was very helpful!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Sears is an excellent physician and I recommend him to my friends and family.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I have always felt very fortunate to have The Cleveland Clinic near my residence. I want to compliment Dr. Daniel Petkovsek for how well he performed my injection of meds.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr Dr.Sears is the most compassionate medical personal I have ever come across. I always felt most comfortable at the appointments.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Sears very good . Thank you.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

would highly recommend Dr. . Sears.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr. Sears is great, and I appreciate how he explains things to me until I understand. He makes things much easier to understand and to make an informed decision about treatment. Thank you, Dr. Sears, for your care and concern to get the best possible vision for me!

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Dr. Sears is a superb physician and a great attribute to CCF

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Doctor Sears went over tests I just had in detail and explained what the next step was even better

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Dr.Sears very knowledgeable, friendly and honest

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

worth the almost 6 hour drive to be seen by knowledge physicians at Cole Eye Institute.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Dr Sears and the staff always answer my questions and concerns. friendly people at front desk, valet and medical staff.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Providers were superb. I think they were over-booked.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Dr. Sears is a superb doctor and surgeon. He is also a great person. A compassionate man. The Clinic is fortunate to have Dr. Sears.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

A appointment with Dr Sears is always a good appointment . His work has improved my vision and our communication's are always good and understandable. l am fortunate to have him

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Every time that I have an appointment I have no trouble at all getting in to see the eye doctor. The service is wonderful. Keep up the great service.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Dr Sears is always attentive and professional. I trust him explicitly

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

While in an exam room, waiting to be seen by Dr. Sears, I observed a gentleman who had been waiting a very long time, walk back into the examination area to ask why he wasn't being seen... I heard a nurse explain to him that their schedule was very behind that day, and they were taking patients in the order of their appointment. It would have been nice if this nurse had explained that to everyone in the waiting area, so that we would at least understand why it was taking so long to be seen.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

I've been seeing Dr Sears for almost a decade and he is an outstanding professional I'm grateful to have him treat my eye.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Again, Dr. Sears and everyone at the clinic were wonderful

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

very pleased with Dr. Sears and staff.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

I feel as if I am the only client the doctor has for the day!

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Sears to many. He and his staff always make me feel comfortable and I trust their care.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

I have seen many providers at the clinic. Dr.Sears,altho I have faith in his medical skill sand knowledge, this was indeed a very poor experience. He walked in the room,never shed a glance my way,plopped himself down at the computer and never introduced himself. After my callling him on that he immediately asked me if he should call another doctor to treat me,as if he didn't give a hoot to treat me. He may be a good doctor academically, but he needs some training in patient matters. I felt he was rude,, short circuited and did not enjoy my visit with him. Now I know why he was available quickly for an appt. He might now be the pick of many who want to be seen for eye matters.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

I'm very impressed with Dr. Sears!!

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Sears was wonderful at explaining everything until I understood it! He really helped me understand why I was having the problems I was having!

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Outstanding and I already have recommended the Cleveland Clinic and Dr Sears to a family member.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr Sears saved my eyesight.He is a pioneer in his field and am thankfulhe is my Doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Dr Sears and Staff excellent

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr. Sears is the best doctor I've ever met! It's hard to come by a good doctor that also has great bedside manners. Thank you Dr. Sears!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr Sears is the greatest

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Dr Sears is the best and I will recommend him to others!

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr. Sears is a great doctor. I would definitely recommend him.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr. Sears truly cares about my case and what my concerns are. Comes in room very prepared of what medical history I have and truly shows he cares. Best doctor I have ever had.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Dr. Sears is an excellent surgeon/doctor. He is highly intelligent, compassionate, and excels at communication. His experience is comforting.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

I recommend Cole Institute to whoever listens! I am both thankful and pleased by Dr. Sears abilities in saving my vision. And the entire staff, from valor service to ALL of your Dr. and nurses and techs are to be commended for their care, empathy and friendliness. Thank you one and all.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Dr. Sears and his student were very professional.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr. Sears has always been very caring in his treatment. I trust his judgement.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

My contact with this Dr. was very brief.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

I don't think you can say enough good things about Dr Sears. He is an outstanding doctor. Whatever yardstick you want to use, Dr Sears will be at the top. The Cleveland Clinic is very lucky to have him working there.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

Dr. Sears is a great doctor and great person, was curious and pleasant. he answered all of my questions fully. He is a great representative to your hospital.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

The physician and staff made the experience a good one.

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Dr. Sears is a great eye doctor and also Christine is very courteous and helpful.

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Part of the reason we moved from Virginia to Ohio was easy access to Cleveland Clinic. There have been no disappointments. First, Dr Cline was able to diagnose my son's GI issues and stabilize his medication, NO HOSPITALIZATIONS IN almost 2 years! that's a record for him, and Dr Jonathan Sears has managed my eyes so well I've graduated to annual visits! Also all other staff have. even wonderful!!! Thank you all.

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr Sears and his staff are excellent in providing care, respect and information in a timely manner. I do not worry about decisions because of the lack of information when I have an appointment with Dr Sears and his staff

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

i am very satisfied with everyone in the practice thanks, especially dr sears himself and his nurse christine i couldnt be happier

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

Dr. Sears is a professional and a wonderful doctor and person. We are fortunate to have him.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr. Sears is phenomenal; he is so courteous and attentive, I never mind the wait because I know that when I see him he gives his full attention to the appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

I have been seeing Dr. Sears for 11 years. He remembers me every time and can recall all of the details of my case. Not only my medical information, but he recalls details about my life and cares for me as a person as well.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr Sears is outstanding

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

I have no problem referring any one to my doctor

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr. Sears is a superb human being and a brilliant surgeon. He actually cares about patients as individuals and has a capacity to make you feel important. I'm very fortunate that he was assigned to repair my detached retina!

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr. Sears was very courteous.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

I have now been seeing Dr. Sears for a year for my detached retina. I would not want to see anyone else!

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

We have shared Dr. Sears' name with many friends in case they need a retina specialist.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

the experience was informative and the advice if followed will allow me to keep my ability to see. Dr. Sears has a "bed side manner" that is comforting. His research will relieve the suffering of millions of the very young on this planet. I am humbled to be under his care. You have in your midst a Jonas Salk. He is keeping faith with the notion "To Act as a Unit". I might add "On dehalf of mankind".

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2019

a great and caring doctor. I would surely recommend his services. he put me very at ease with what I was experiencing.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Always feel that staff is truly engaged in my eye health. Dr Sears and Christine are extremely kind and care about me as an individual not just a number on a chart.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr. Sears is always kind and informative with my on going retina issues.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

I was very pleased with Dr Sears i came to him for a second opinion He evaluated my condition and explained the diagnosis and what lies ahead Dr Sears has a comforting bedside manner Dr Sears provided me peace of mind He invited me to come back in future if i have concerns and I will

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