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Laser Vision Center
1305 York Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10021
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Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue, 11th and 12th Floor
New York, NY 10021
P: (646) 962-2020 | F: (646) 962-0604
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(646) 962-2020

Personal Statement

Welcome! When you visit our office at Weill Cornell Medicine, your eye health is my top priority. My entire team is dedicated to providing you with compassionate, personalized eye care. I am a true believer that excellence in performing eye care is derived from both education and experience.  My team and I strive to keep current on the latest techniques and standards so we can provide you with the best care and the most optimal results.  I offer a variety of general ophthalmology, cornea, and refractive surgery treatments to help restore and maintain your optimal vision health. Some of these eye care services include: comprehensive eye examinations, cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, corneal transplantation, treatment of various corneal diseases, and dry eye.  I never take for granted that you have placed a great deal of confidence in me and I look forward to meeting with you.

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Board Certifications
  • Ophthalmology
  • General Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Corneal Disorder
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Corneal Disease
  • LASIK Surgery
  • Cataract
  • Corneal Transplantation
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • Laser Vision Correction Surgery
  • Clinical Research
  • Problems With Sight
  • Dry Eyes

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care


  • M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, 2003



Assistant Attending Ophthalmologist
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University


Dr. Edward C. Lai is a board certified ophthalmologist and an accomplished ocular surgeon.  After receiving his undergraduate degree with honors in Biology from Brown University, Dr. Lai attended Tufts University School of Medicine for his medical training. He then completed his internship in general surgery and internal medicine at the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan and his residency in Ophthalmology at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and New York University.  Following his residency, he performed additional advanced training in Corneal, Cataract, and Laser Vision Correction surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology.

Dr. Lai is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine, and serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Service. He is also an integral member of the cornea service.  His research has focused on ocular surface diseases and cataract surgery and has published peer-reviewed articles on the subjects.  Dr. Lai is a gifted educator and has an integral part in resident and medical student training. He has been awarded the resident teaching award on two occasions. He has also been an invited lecturer at the Harvard University intensive cataract course, and has also lectured internationally, most recently at the  American Austrian foundation Salzberg medical seminar and the Quatari Ophthalmology Conference on Ocular Trauma.  His practice interests include comprehensive ophthalmology, advanced corneal, cataract, and laser vision correction.