Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cole Eye Institute, Beachwood
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cole Eye Institute, Beachwood
Primary Location

Cole Eye Institute, Beachwood


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Eye Surgery
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • LASIK (Laser in situ Keratomileusis)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Refractive Surgery
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Glaucomas
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Anterior Ocular Disease
  • Astigmatism
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal Disease
  • Corneal Scar
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Inflammations
  • Eye Injuries
  • Farsightedness
  • Fast Facts: Conjunctivitis
  • Floaters And Flashes
  • Herpetic Eye Disease
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Iritis
  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Ocular Allergies
  • Ocular Injuries
  • Presbyopia
  • Red Eye
  • Refractive Errors
  • Refractive Surgery Complications
  • Tear System
View all 30 Specialties +


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About Michael Millstein, MD

Michael Millstein, MD, is a Staff Ophthalmologist in Cole Eye Institute. He was appointed in 1999 subsequent to serving as a partner in a private practice, Group Ophthalmology Practice, Eye Associates, LLC.

Dr. Millstein is board-certified in ophthalmology. His special interests include glaucoma, cataracts and LASIK laser vision correction.

Dr. Millstein received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, followed by a transitional internship at Mount Sinai Hospital of Cleveland, and a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

He has co-authored several articles and presented ophthalmic information to peers in the United States as well as Canada and Mexico. He received the Senior with the Highest Academic Record award from Case Western Reserve University, and the Senior with the Best Performance in Chemistry award from the Lubrizol Corporation. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Cleveland Ophthalmology Society, among others.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University Hospital
Cincinnati, OH USA

Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Accommodative intraocular lenses¬†-- apodized diffractive IOLs
  • Certified on Visx and Ladarvision excimer lasers for refractive surgery

Professional Highlights

  • Royal College Speaker, Atlantic Provinces Ophthalmological Society Meeting,¬†2007
  • Chairperson, Cataract Symposium of the Cole Eye Institute's Innovations in Ophthalmology meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, 2007


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, lasik, Refractive Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Senior with the Highest Academic Record, Case Western Reserve University
  • Senior with the Best Performance in Chemistry, ¬†Lubrizol Corporation


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Cleveland Ophthalmology Society
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 9/9/2018, Dr. Millstein has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Millstein serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Signature Optical

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

690 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

64 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Being a retired ophthalmologist,I am well aware of the quality of ancillary personnel and the expertise of the provider. Dr Millstein is terrific and I have complete confidence in him

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

dr. Milstein and the office staff are 100% professional, courteous and always make me feel welcome I am a patient. I truly feel they have a sincere care about my eyesight health.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

dr. Milstein is an excellent physician who takes The time to explain my condition and Provides answers to any questions I have

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

dr millstein was, as expected, kind, thorough, pleasant. I am beyond comfortable to have chosen him for surgery

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Dr. Millstein is very kind and thorough and takes the time to answer any questions that you have, he shows genuine concern for his patient and that is very commendable.

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

The care provider showed concern and interest in my progress and included me in the decision of the treatment.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Dr. Millstein addressed my concern and fully explained the seriousness of the issue and what steps, if any, I needed to take.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Excellent Care Team of Dr. Millstein and staff in responding to my need of being seen ASAP due an injury . I was very touched by the Special Care and Concern shown me. Dr. Millstein my Sincere gratitude to you...You are a very caring doctor !

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

I think Dr. Millstein's services are in high demand. I had to schedule the appointment 2-3 months out.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Dr. Millstein is a superb physician. The Cleveland Clinic should be honored to have him as a Physician

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Dr. Millstein is an excellent doctor and a person who treats patients will respect.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr. Millstein answered all my questions, was genuinely happy that his prescribed eye drops are helping me immensely, and answered my questions thoroughly and patiently. he wanted to make sure I understood the outcome of the examinations that I had.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Doctor Millstein is very professional and always reassuring to concerns. i highly recommend Doctor to my friends and family.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Excellent doctor. I have no complaints.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

*Dr. Millstein is very professional, warm and caring. I am so pleased he is my doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

I feel very good about seeing my doctor he is very good at what he does

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

I like the Doctor very much

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

excellent. a very knowledgeable and caring doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

I absolutely love Dr. Michael E Millstein and his staff. This is why I keep coming back. I definitely would and have recommended him.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019

dr mulstein Dr Millstein was the best vey kind and professional

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

Dr Millstein very good to reassure me I don't have risk for glaucoma! cataracts under control still.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Cannot say enough good things about Dr. Millstein. He is such a professional, so empathetic and kind. I would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone (and have!). A+++

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Dr. Milstein is always very good with his explanations and reviewing the test administered.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Dr Milstein was very nice explained well if I had questions later justcall

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

the whole staff including the Dr was very nice and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

I will not be returning to this doctor. He doesn't even act human. I've seen another doctor for my problem and the difference in the way he made me feel is enormous. He explained things I never realized I should know, and he addressed my concerns totally in a way my Cleve Clinic doctor never would. I always felt like he was looking down at me. My only bad experience ever with a Cleve Clinic doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

I believe the staff did care about me as a person, it's just the doctor who cannot relate to his patients.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

Dr. Millstein speaks in a condescending manner. He doesn't provide detailed explanations of issues concerning my condition. I feel he provides only what he thinks I need to know. I don't feel like we are working together, rather he directs me at his discretion.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Hi Staff and Doctor ver yprofessional and yet personal. I have complete confdence in their work and sincerity.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

dr. Mike was extremely personable and I would recommend him and his team to anyone in the future

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Dr. Millstein is an excellent doctor and a very nice person.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Mila at the Cole Eye Institute was extremely helpful and courteous. There are not enough words to describe how fantastic Dr. Millstein is. His caring, expertise and professionalism eased my worries immediately.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Dr. Millstein is an excellent doctor. He explains everything very clearly and is very calming.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

prompt appointment for an suspected retina problem, complete examination by Dr Milstein withcomplete confidence in his skill and care

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

dr Milstein is always thoughough, kind, friendly,personable, professional!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr Millstein is a excellent doctor, he makes you feel comfortable, he is very professional, and because of how personable he is you trust him,

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

I saw Dr Millstein for a problem of great concern for me. I had spoken to numerous providers before him regarding the same problem. His advice and explanationsfar surpassed others and although my problem is not "fixable" I left the office feeling that I had honest answers about what I'm dealing with and a plan for moving forward. I really appreciated his help and advice.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

Dr Millstein is courteous and professional at the same time.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

I highly recommend Dr. Millstein. He is very honest and clearly wants to individualize his approach to each patient.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

dr was great and returned calls promptly

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

I find Dr. Millstein very personable, friendly and professional. I am comfortable asking any. questions I have in my mind and that he would answer them honestly and explain it clear enough to understand. I like the fact that he always goes over what previous results were from office visit and the current one with me. it helps keep me on top of what is going on with my eyes, whether good or bad. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

Dr. Millstein is a true professional, very kind, informative, answers all questions and he is thorough.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2018

very caring and efficient provider.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2018

Dr Millstein did an excellent job in listening to my concerns and explaining how he felt we should proceed.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

Dr. Millstein is so popular that it is difficult to see him unless I try at least 6 months in advance. However, he is well worth the wait!

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2018

doctor's explanation of procedure was too simplistic

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

He is my eye Doctor my experience was all good.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2018

Dr. Millstein is a very good eye doctor. We have been going to him for at least five years. He did eye surgery on my husband last year with a very good outcome. He is very thorough, extremely polite, listens carefully to us and answers all our questions. He never rushes us through our exam and is very patient. We are very pleased with him.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

This was a great experience! Dr. Millstein called me while he was on vacation to answer some questions I had about my surgery. He's awesome! His staff is also fantastic and I have and will continue to recommend family and friends to him.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

Dr. Millstein took time to explain things and answer all of my questions. He told me what to expect and he was right on target.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

I could not imagine a more professional provider. Dr Millstein answered all questions and responded quickly when I left messages. His care and expertise was exceptional. Thank you.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

Dr Millstein is extremely personable! I am glad he is my opthamologist! very informative! So glad he is with Clve clinic! thank you

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

I left the office of Dr. Millstein feeling that he cared and was knowledgeable. He is positive and energetic.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

impressed with dr millstein and office staff

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

This was my first appt with this provider and I was very pleased. He anticipated many of the questions that I might have and answered them before I could even ask them. I was very pleased with how efficiently his staff worked and how quickly the doctor saw me and answered my remaining questions. Thank you!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

I read reviews about this doctor after I scheduled an appointment and was given his name. The reviews were good so I had good expectations of seeing him. He had an intern with him and at times I felt a little rushed .

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

My care provider has always been the best I ever had and I recommend him to all my family and friends. He is so very calm and patient with any question I have both over the phone and in person.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

I appreciated the time Dr Millstein spent with me. I also appreciated the doctors suggestion of going to the optometrist across the hall to have my new prescription filled. I am very happy with my new glasses,

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2018

Too much time taken up front before seeing the doctor and then he was in and out of my exam in 10 minutes. Felt rushed to get out the door. He didn't spend enough time with me to explain the circumstance.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2018

this doctor is a credit to your organization

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2018

I arrived an hour early and Heather saw to it that I was seen within 15min of my arrival. I didn't expect this and was pleasantly surprised. My total eye appointment including visual acuity, pupil dilation, and doctor exam was 35 minutes! Usually, it takes 2-3 hours.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

Dr. Millstein always talks to me about treatments, medications and any follow-ups to my care and condition.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

Dr Michael Milstein saved my eyesight.I had detached retina surgery in my left eyein 2004, he told me someday I wouldundergo cataract surgery and have20/20 vision. This miracle happened in 2016when he performed my cataract surgeries!

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

Dr Milstein is the Very Best!

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