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 9/3/2020, 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

375 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

52 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Dr. Gans is an excellent doctor, has taken care of me for at least 8-10 years, I have the utmost confidence in his care and treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

I have vision in only one eye so I must feel confident and able to ask questions to my ophthalmologist. Dr. Ganz is that person. He was kind and respectful.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

good experience. Dr Gans is very efficient and knowledgeable. staff is helpful too

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Dr. Gans and his team are excellent as well as all the support staff that I met along the way.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

There are no words to say how kind, caring and competent Dr. Richard Gans is. Cleveland Clinic is very fortunate to him.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Dr. Gans is phenomenal. He is knowledgeable and skilled professional who delivers care with courtesy and compassion. I have been his patient for many years and he is consistently exceptional. Thank you Dr. Gans

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

I have already recommended Dr. Gans to multiple people

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Great Physician

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr Richard Gans is the BEST and I am a physician

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Gans is exceptional. He takes time to address all your questions and needs. His kindness and expertise are appreciated.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Gans gave clear and helpful answers and was extremely professional and pleasant

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

dr. gans always answers my questions.and he has a very upbeat personality and he explains the exam very well.

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

Dr. Ganz and the Cole Eye Institute are the best in the world. Period.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

staff and Dr.Ganz were fabulous

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Dr. Gans gave me a very detailed and understandable explanation of my condition and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr. Ganns and the entire staff we're exceptional!

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

I had an excellent experience and care provided by Dr Richard Gans and his team at the Cole Eye Institute

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

I highly recommend Dr Richard Gans who is an excellent surgeon , kind and compassionate.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

I never have any issues seeing Dr. Gans. The staff at Cole Eye and Dr. Gans are always courteous, professional and easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

This was a very very very good appointment and Dr. Dr. Gans was so attentive, caring, concerned, answered all my questions and concerns. my visit with was 100% better than I have ever been treated by Dr. Jonathan A Eisengart his secretary and team. didnot speak to me in a condescending way and listened to me.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Dr. Gans sent a nurse to find me at another area so he could see me before he had to leave for a meeting. I appreciated his consideration of my time.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

I have been coming to Dr.Gans for several years now and Dr. Gans and his Team have always been respectful,professional and puts you at ease. Jillian(new to the team) was very helpful especially when it came to checking the pressure in my eyes.Thank you!

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

the Dr was wonderful/to the point/and I had no problem understanding everything

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I heard the Dr was good. from other friends. he was

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

very good doctor

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Richard Gans, and his department made this a great experience. All appointments and the surgery were completed per schedule, ad most importantly, with excellent results.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

the assistant that worked with me was very knowledgeable and explained everything she was doing prior to my seeing Dr. Gans. it was a pleasure to meet with Dr. Gans and be reassured that my eyes were fine.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

excellent service... Dr Gans very friendly and helpful

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

he is a good doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

excellent Doctor. I just worry about him retiring.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

I complimented Dr. Gans on how well he and his staff get along.It was awesome to see.As he was leaving, I noticed he made sure he told EVERYONE to have a nice weekend!Was nice to a close knit group.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Dr Gan was very thorough in my examination told me what to expect.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Dr Gan is excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

dr Gans is excellent!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

Dr. Gans is wonderful & very skilled as a physician. So glad he was my doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

dr Gans is wonderful- patient and takes time to answer all my questions

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Hans pleasant,professional,and caring

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr Gans is awesome....

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

wonderful doctor and good explaining

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

excellent experience with both Dr Gans and his staff

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

I was referred to Dr. Gans and I would recommend him to others

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Dr Ganes did a great job once again. Very through check of my eyes.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

I am very pleased with my cataract surgery by Dr Gans

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Dr. Gans and his staff all were caring, pleasant, courteous, efficient, etc.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Dr Gans is an excellent provider and a very caring person

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Dr. Gans is in high demand, yet his schedule worked with me to find the earliest appointment possible. courtesy and flexibility reigned!

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Dr. Gans was very courteous, friendly, and efficient. I really appreciate his skill and demeanor.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

I met Dr Gann after my visit with Dr Martin to discuss cataract removal. i am waiting for the scheduler to call me to set the first cataract surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Excellent provider!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Dr. Gans has always given professional while showing personal care. He gives concise summaries of my exam.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Gans was the BEST

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