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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
View all 5 Treatment & Services +

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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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 10/3/2021, 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.

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

302 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

56 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

We will miss seeing an excellent MD...heard later that Dr Gans was retiring.I wish he would reconsider another few years.For obvious selfish reason ,we want his precious presence,excellent professional impeacable expertise and his gentlemanly manner in dealing with his patients.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Dr. Gans is very good and caring doctor

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

We are sorry to hear that Dr Ganz is retiring, he has been wonderful for us.

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Sorry that Dr Gans is retiring, hopefully I will find another eye doctor who is just as kind and knowledgable

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Very positive appointment. Will miss Dr. Gans when he retires.

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Doctor Ganns is the best.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022


Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

A great physician. Top care.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

Dr. Ganns was courteous and fixed my vision problem. Couldn't be happier.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

I had previous dealings with the doctor and I was very Impressed with him. That Is why I requested him to handle by surgeries now. I have a great amount of respect and trust In him.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

I received back against recommendation from dr.sax. And I knew that when the cataract surgeries were completed that I would have definitely quality of life being able to see better than I did before.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

Dr Gans was so considerate of my issues. I was very scared and Dr. Gans explained everything so well that I am not afraid anymore. Dr Gans helped me so much. Thank you!!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

He is a wonderful doctor. He has saved my eyesight.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

Dr and staff are amazing, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable.Would definitely recommend !

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

This was a 1 year follow up to my cataract surgery and Dr. Gans was terrific as usual.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Dr Gans and the technician were both great I really appreciated getting my eyes checked and my experience was very positive.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Dr. Gahn and his staff always make me feel they care about me. All are very pleasant and professional.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

Been with Dr. Gans since 2007. Outstanding physician.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Dr Gans was excellent. Thanks for your service.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

I was pleasantly surprised I could receive treatment on the day of my exam. The time frame was reasonable from entering and exiting upon completion of the treatment. The doctors treatment has proved to have worked for whatI was experiencing and needed to have addressed.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Dr Gans excellent at explaining as exam performed.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

The worked well together, but I believe the care from the actual provider, Dr. Gans, was severely lacking. I understand that he was likely swamped, but this is my time, health, and money. He seemed nice, but he brushed my issue off and have me zero time to ask questions, raise concerns or explain what was happening with my situation. For the above reason I will not recommend the Cole Eye Center.Also, figuring out where to park and ultimately how to get to the appointment when I parked a mile away was a nightmare.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

People that work there are thorough and nice . I did not wait a long time and there was plenty of space so not to crowd in waiting room. If I had one critique it would be that the doctor did not Introduce himself to me . I liked him but just that part would have been better

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Good doctor . I would have liked him to introduce himself

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Excellent care from Dr. Gans and staff

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr Ganz for about ten years, reporting twice a year, I am consistantly getting competent attention.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Dr. Gans and his team work very well together-very organized and efficient.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Experience was top notch as always with the Clinic. I must mention the excellence of Dr. Gans' assistant who was exceptional.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Excellent assistant to the doctor and Dr. Gans himself was thorough, professional, and courteous.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

I see Dr. Gans once every year. All of my visits have been good experiences. He is easy to communicate with.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

All of my visits with Dr. Gans have been good experiences. He does a good job explaining things and answering my questions

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Dr Gans, is an excellent Ophthalmologist very kind , Professional and a great Surgeon.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Excellent and Wonderful care by Dr against and his team at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Always knowledgeable, good listener, excellent care provider, and very professional. I have appreciated having his service over many years

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

My previous appoint with Dr Gans was cancelled by someone making another appoint for me for anotherCC doctor. I verified it with My Chart tech support.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Dr. Gans is probably the best in his field. His exam and explanations were highly professional, and he excelled in compassion and courtesy.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Like I mentioned earlier, I'm disappointed at the wait time it takes from the time we call for an appointment to when we can actually be seen and receive the necessary care. This complaint applies to all departments we visit. To be very clear, your doctors are the best, but It can take forever to get In and see them. And If for some reason, an appointment is cancelled or needs to be rescheduled It can result In another long delay. We are Senior Citizens and live out of town, and should not have to wait (in our opinion) longer than 7 days from the day we call to get In. This is our only complaint about the Cleveland Clinic, that in all other respects is "top notch."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Exellent Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021


Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021


Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

I understand that that it takes time to see a good doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

I have confidence in Dr. Gans.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Dr. Gans knew exactly what was happening to my vision. The diagnosis was a relief to know about and understand. He explained it clearly.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Dr Gans is very thorough in my exam, medication usage, my health is always his concern. He is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Dr.Gans is a thorough and engaged caregiver. He is pleasant and professional as are his staff

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

I was very pleased with the exam and the work of the technicain that ran all the tests but I needed more information about my eyes and the problems I have been having. Like the watering, the discomfort or soreness I have at times during the day. I seem to be losing sight in my right eye, the Dr. Didn't mention any changes. I also cannot see small print easily , so I usually take glasses off and try readers which doesn't do much good either. I limit my reading and TV time so my eyes won't get so tired, sometimes this helps sometimes not. Is there something I should be doing that I am not aware of. I wear my tinted glasses to eliminate glare most of the time. I just had hoped the Dr. Would be able to tell me bout my eyes and what I should do to eliminate the problems I have. I hope I haven't made this sound like I'm not grateful for the care I got , I just don't know what to expect or do. Thankyou for allowing me time to express my concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Dr. Gans is always professional and personable open to all questions

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Dr. Gans and his assistant made my visit very easy and comfortable. I would highly recommend them.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Very impressed and pleased with experience with Dr. Gans.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Gans is exceptional

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Gans is very friendly, efficient and professional. We like him very much.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Dr Gans is the best!

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

I was expecting a visual field test since I was due at my last appointment in jan but was told at that time couldn't get it due to covid and not being able to clean the machine, this time the tech said oh no, can't do that test today when it's so late in the afternoon- even after Dr Gans saw concerning changes in my optic nerves I'm surprised I still wasn't given one. I was however referred to another doctor in October. I've also faxed a request for copies of my last three visual field tests and I've not heard back. Hoping to have those for my personal use ASAP.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

I felt very relaxed and comfortable knowing that my operation by Doctor Gantz would be successful and problem free.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Dr Gans is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Outstanding doctor, really care about your eye health.

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