Richard Lembach

Richard Lembach, MD

  • Ophthalmology - Cornea & External Diseases
  • Ophthalmology
  • Physician
4.8 out of 5
  • 32 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 8 Patient Comments

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About Me

My ophthalmology practice focuses on cornea and anterior segment surgery. This specialty deals with the outer part of the eye. I perform corneal transplants, and I treat eyelid disorders, dry eyes and more, including contact lens expertise.

I'm fortunate to practice medicine at Ohio State. I've grown with our ophthalmology program. When I started, there were just two cornea specialists. Everything has grown considerably since that time.

My early interest was corneal transplantation. My second love was refractive surgery. I began with extensive research in contact lenses. I've maintained an interest in research and therapeutics. Later, I developed expertise in performing refractive surgery. This surgery has advanced over 20 years and is an excellent treatment. Ohio State is proud to be an early innovator, involved in early refractive surgery research. I was proud to participate in that, much like my contact lens research.

One of the joys of practicing at Ohio State is teaching residents and doing research. I believe in teamwork. I share my experience with patients and listen to their needs. I can tell them we've been there before and we're going to help. We'll do our best every time.
  • Elected member, Cornea Society
  • Medical Director, Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank
  • Senior Teaching Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2015
  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Conjunctival Diseases
  • Conjunctival Cancers
  • Aphakia
  • Myopia
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Iritis
  • Conjunctivitis, Bacterial
  • Keratoconjunctivitis, Infectious
  • Conjunctivitis, Viral
  • Aniridia
  • Exfoliation Syndrome
  • Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndrome
  • Pemphigoid, Benign Mucous Membrane
  • Pterygium
  • Keratoconus
  • Aniseikonia
  • Anisometropia
  • Astigmatism
  • Hyperopia
  • Corneal Dystrophies, Hereditary
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Acanthamoeba Keratitis
  • Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus
  • Keratitis, Herpetic
  • Blepharitis
  • Conjunctivitis, Acute Hemorrhagic
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Scleritis
  • Conjunctivitis, Allergic
  • Pinguecula
  • Corneal Edema
  • Corneal Endothelial Cell Loss
  • Corneal Neovascularization
  • Corneal Opacity
  • Corneal Perforation
  • Corneal Wavefront Aberration
  • Keratoconjunctivitis
  • Conjunctivitis, Inclusion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Xerophthalmia
  • Ophthalmia Neonatorum
  • Trachoma
  • Corneal Dystrophy, Juvenile Epithelial of Meesmann
  • Fuchs' Endothelial Dystrophy
  • Arcus Senilis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratitis, Dendritic
  • Aphakia, Postcataract
  • Capsule Opacification
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial
  • Corneal Diseases

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
9/1/1964 - 6/1/1968


Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH

1/1/1968 - 6/30/1969


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

1/1/1969 - 1/1/1970


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

1/1/1972 - 1/1/1975


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

1/1/1975 - 1/1/1976

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Information

My Department



The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

32 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.6 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.6 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.5 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.6 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.7 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

    Dr. Lembach has been my primary care provider for this medical problem for several years . He is very attentive, courteous, polite, and appropriate eye contact

  • Reviewed on Sep 06, 2019

    Overall it was just very good!

  • Reviewed on Sep 01, 2019

    good information-easy to understand

  • Reviewed on Jul 28, 2019

    Was excellent. Explained everything, no surprises

  • Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

    Competent and professional.

  • Reviewed on Jun 09, 2019


  • Reviewed on Jun 01, 2019

    Dr. L tolerated my chatter. i liked him very much.

  • Reviewed on May 13, 2019

    Dr. Lembach is very professional!

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Lembach has reported no relationships with companies or entities.