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  • Senior Instructor, Ophthalmology, CWRU School of Medicine



Dr. Sara E. Schoeck joined the University Hospitals Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in July 2007 as the Department’s first Pediatric Optometrist. Dr. Schoeck brought with her an established patient practice along with over 15 years of clinical experience in providing excellent eye care to pediatric and adult patients in need of refractive eye care, medical eye care and contact lens fitting for both cosmetic and medical needs.

Dr. Schoeck was born in Parma, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and is a graduate of Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio. Dr. Schoeck received a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Professional Studies from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. She then attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where she was awarded the Class of 1951 Endowed Scholarship and also received her Doctor of Optometry. She was one of the first students to complete an Optometric Clinical Externship with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of Ophthalmology as part of her clinical training.

Clinical Interests

Over the course of Dr. Schoeck’s 8+ years of full-time service with the University Hospitals Eye Institute and CWRU Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, she (along with Faruk Orge, M.D., and the late Jeffrey N. Bloom, M.D.) has devoted her time to establishing a clinc for Pediatric Ophthalmology/Optometry in Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital’s Deforia Lane Clinic. Previous to 2007, Pediatric Ophthalmology did not maintain a regular/consistent clinic at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Drs. Paula and Florin Grigorian joined the team in 2012 to further strengthen the Pediatric Ophthalmology/Optometry Clinic at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Currently, Dr. Schoeck provides optometric care on at least a monthly basis to many pediatric patients with conditions such as strabismus and amblyopia in the Deforia Lane Pediatric Ophthalmology/Optometry clinic. The remainder of her clinical time is spent serving patients at our suburban satellite locations.

Dr. Schoeck has dedicated herself to fitting many of our pediatric patients with medically necessary contact lenses and has helped to promote a special service offered by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the Pediatric Contact Lens Donor Fund. This fund established in 2001 by Loretta Szczotka, O.D., Ph.D., with the generous donation of Naomi Singer provides the financial aid for pediatric patients with medical eye conditions such as aphakia, strabismus and amblyopia who are in need of contact lenses and do not have the means or insurance to purchase these devices. These patients would not otherwise be able to see adequately with conventional eyeglasses and benefit best visually from contact lenses.


Currently, as a Senior Clinical Instructor, Dr. Schoeck has dedicated many hours to student teaching and has helped prepare many ophthalmology residents and optometry students for their future careers as clinicians and scientists. Dr. Schoeck currently participates in our didactic lecture series teaching Optics to our first, second and third year ophthalmology residents, and provides an OKAPS review course for them each spring. She also serves as an adjunct Clinical Instructor with The Ohio State University College of Optometry by providing clinical instruction to fourth year optometry students who rotate through her clinics on a three month basis. She possesses an enthusiasm for teaching and has received much positive feedback in the form of preceptor evaluations and written letters from her past students.

Patient Education and Community Involvement

Dr. Schoeck has contributed to the advancement of patient education in the optometric and ophthalmic fields. She has received the Top Ten Referring Eye Doctor Award from the Ohio Amblyope Registry for three years in a row (2010-2013) and has been interviewed and appeared on local news programs discussing the importance of routine eye care and contact lens safety in children.

Education & Training


1988, University of Notre Dame

Professional Education

1992, Ohio State University College of Optometry


Children's Eyes, Children's Vision, Pediatric Optometry

Office Locations

UH Case Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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UH Westlake Health Center
950 Clague Rd
UH Eye Institute, Bldg B, Ste 102
Westlake, OH 44145
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UH Eye Institute
6001 Landerhaven Dr
Landerhaven Office Plaza, Ste B
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
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Research Interests

Dr. Schoeck has helped to advance the University Hospitals Eye Institute and CWRU Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in vision and contact lens research through her work with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) and Vistakon, a world-wide leader in contact lens research and manufacturing.

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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For calendar year 2013, Sara Schoeck, OD did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.