Cleveland Clinic Receives $31 Million for Cole Eye Institute

Cleveland Clinic Receives $31 Million for Cole Eye Institute

The Cleveland Clinic has announced a $31 million gift from Jeffrey A. Cole and his wife, Patricia O'Brien Cole, in support of its Cole Eye Institute.

The institute will use the gift  to expand its clinical and surgical capabilities and advance its research and educational mission — in part through a future expansion of its existing facility. The institute currently employs more than a hundred physicians and researchers who diagnose, treat, and investigate the spectrum of ocular conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, uveitis, strabismus, and pediatric eye disorders.

Established in 1999 with a lead gift from Cole and the Cole National Corporation — whose brands include Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, and EyeMed Managed Vision Care — the institute also houses basic and clinical research teams dedicated to genetic and non-genetic eye diseases.

"Jeff has been a good friend to the Cole Eye Institute over the years," said Daniel F. Martin, chair of the Cole Eye Institute and the Barbara and A. Malachi Mixon III Institute Chair of Ophthalmology, "and we are excited to continue our partnership on the next phase of growth that will put us at the forefront of our field."