Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Diabetic Eye Examinations
  • Glaucoma Evaluations
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cataract and Intraocular Lens Implantation in Cataract Surgery
  • Cataracts
  • Cataracts and Cataract Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
View all 5 Specialties +


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About Richard Gans, MD

Richard E Gans, M.D., FACS  joined The Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute in 2004.  In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Gans is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Ophthalmology at The Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  He is an accomplished surgeon and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Gans is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with specialty interests in cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes.

Dr. Gans has been an ophthalmologist in the Cleveland area for 20 years. Prior to his coming to the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Gans was on staff at University Hospitals of Cleveland and at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland.

He completed his bachelor's degree at Emory University in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Case Western Reserve University, as well.

Dr. Gans is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Emory University
Atlanta, GA USA


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

comprehensive ophthalmology including cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes, cataract surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/20/2018, Dr. Gans 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

518 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr. Ganz was patient and clear in his responses and explanations of procedures. I have vision in only one eye and will need cataract surgery which I have apprehension about (related tp previous issues such as a vitreous hemorrhage and two retinal tears). Dr. Gans was referred to my by two CCF ophthalmologists and a CCF technition in the Opthamology Department.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr Gans and staff are very caring

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Dr. Gans is consistently professional, gives thorough explanations, and is very kind. I feel very grateful to have him on my health care team.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Dr. Gans was very helpful in explaining options & what to expect from the surgery. He reassured my fears related to the surgery. His staff worked well with him Everyone was great.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Dr. Gans is the best.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

My appointment on July 15 with Dr. Fans was fine. He gave me his card and said if I decide to have the surgery call the top number which was a direct line to his office. I called Thursday and Friday and no one returned the call. Will call again Monday and hope to get a response.

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

Dr. Gans has excellent hand eye coordination which is essential in his position. He promptly corrected me when my eye twitched. I re-focused and surgery was a success.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr. Gans is the best! can't we give him a higher rating! 5, just isnt high enough! he is awesome, caring and professional. thank you Dr Gans!

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

I very much like Dr. Gans. He was very courteous and spent appropriate amount of time to talk with me.

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

I was called in right away for the eye reading, then waited 70 MINTES OR LONGER in the waiting room after dilation to see the physician.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Dr. Gans was very down to earth about my eyesight, which I appreciated.

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr. was backed up on his appointments. He rushes me through. His attitude and response to my questions were unsatisfactory.

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

I can't thank Dr Gans enough for his honest answers!

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr.Gan's was very knowledgeable in explaining my next steps in recovery,what to look for and what was going to happen.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Dr. Gans is an excellent doctor. I shave complete confidence in him and wouldn't have trusted anyone else with this issue.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

The Dr. understood my concerns and whom to recommend for more specialized care.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

The technician was very prompt and did an excellent job. The wait for the actual physician was longer than I wanted. Just a lot of patients for him to see.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr. Gans was very professional and explained his assessment well. However he comes across as a very cold and uncaring person.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

Dr. Gans was very friendly, efficient, and informative.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

I truly respect and like Dr Richard Gans

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Gans was wonderful. Very caring and explained everything thourghly.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

Dr. GANS is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

all good! the poor doc, he has to b quick and also courteous and answered every question! and we only can wait 15 min to see him! These docs have to be super human!!!

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2018

Dr Gans was very helpful. He was very honest with me about my options for my eye problem Problem is there are no options. I do appreciate him being so kind and compassionate.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

Dr. Gans represents the consistant high quality of Cole professionals. his staff and associates are all very compassionate and helpful.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2018

Dr. Gans is excellent

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018

Dr. Gans is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018

Dr had been called to surgery and I wasn't upset that he was a little late. spoke with a lot of nice patients while I was waiting. if I needed him I would want him with me in surgery so my wait was nothing.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

Have the utmost confidence in Dr. Gan and consider myself very fortunate to get appointment with him. Dr. Gan answered all my questions, is extremely professional and all that you would want in excellent eye surgeon.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

I did not have to wait, however, when going to medical appointment bring a book. No doctor intentionally makes patients wait, emergencies and problems do happen.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2018

Dr Gans was very helpful in answering my questions and clarifying any issues I identified. I appreciated the information he provided on the reason he recommended a specific IOL lens for my condition and why he did not think other types(identified by friends who had other types implanted) would address my particular needs.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2018

everyone was kind and courteous the Tech was very nice and Dr Gans also.

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