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 School - 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

471 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 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

28 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

They got me into the exam room but there were waits due to doctor's schedule of emergencies.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018

Dr. Gans was called away to surgery so the wait time was understandable, but longer than I had experienced before.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

I love Dr. Gans!

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

documentation was very good I guess Dr assumed I could and would read the dischard information.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018

Dr. Gans has always been a very nice provider. I appreciate him a lot.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2018

Dr. Gans is one of the best. He made me feel at ease during a very stressful time. Not being able to see is very scary. He was able to explain everything in a manner that I was able to understand and feel comfortable with.

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

Able to get a same day appointment due to a cancellation. Everything went very smoothly. Dr. Gans was efficient, but not rushed. Great visit.

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

My meeting with Dr. Gans was brief but pleasant. He gave me the actual eye exam (internal eye) and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on May 21, 2018

Appointment was completed in a timely manner. Provider was on time and thorough in his exam and asked if I had any further questions once the exam was complete. A very good experience with him as usual.

Reviewed on May 10, 2018

Dr. Ganz gave a very detailed explanation of my options at this point, benefits and risks and then let me make a decision based on that information.

Reviewed on May 9, 2018

Dr Gans has provided excellent care in regards to my cataracts both in evaluation and in surgery over the last four years. He communicated well and kept me advised as to the status of my cataract development, and when it came time to take them out was an excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on May 3, 2018

dr gans is very professional and knowable exactly what I wish for in a physician

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018

good experience with Dr Gans and reception area as well as all in the registration and pre-op area

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2018

The entire Cleveland Clinic @ Cole Eye Institute was far beyond my expectations. I WILL return next year for my annual checkup with Dr. Gans.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2018

really appreciate Dr. Gans expertise and kind way of articulating

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2018

He was rushed and tired. It was late in the day. I was just another patient

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2018

Dr. Gans was professional but distant, and at times seemed not to be listening as I explained my condition. He seemed more focused on his tests and results than on responding to what I tried to explain about my vision problems. Only at the end of the visit--once he had a recommendation--did he become more interactive and animated. The recommendation was quite confusing as it contradicted what the nurses who performed my exam had told me earlier.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2018

Dr. Gans is a great communicator. Made me feel so less anxious about my problem.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2017

Printed instructions post-op cataract did NOT match what was given to me as an additional sheet - crearting some confusion on my part & I called to clarify . I pointed this out on return appt to Dr.Gans and his comment was that prior they did give eye gtts to individual patient but now must be purchased due to cost restraints. The discharge instructions say " You will be given a home going kit with eye gtts. Pls bring that kit, etc,etc

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2017

There should be an EXCELLENT or AMAZING choice! He was all of that and more!

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2017

Not clear if I need to monitor my eye situation differently because of the surgery.

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