Dr. Edward C. Lai, MD

Dr. Edward C. Lai, MD

Ophthalmology | Male

Edward C. Lai, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist and an accomplished ocular surgeon. He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Service. He is also an integral member of the Cornea service. Dr. Lai specializes in laser vision correction (LASIK and PRK), advanced cataract surgery, and general eye disease. After receiving his undergraduate degree with honors in Biology from Brown University, Dr. Lai worked with AmeriCorps prior to attending Tufts University School of Medicine for his medical training. He then completed his internship in general surgery and internal medicine at 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 Medical College. Dr. Lai's research has focused on ocular surface diseases and cataract surgery and he has authored textbook chapters and peer-reviewed articles on these subjects. He is a gifted educator and has played an integral part in fellow, resident and medical student training. He has been awarded the resident teaching award on two occasions. Dr. Lai has been an invited lecturer at Harvard University's intensive cataract course, and has also lectured internationally, most recently at the Pan American Ophthalmology Congress and the Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology annual meetings. Dr. Lai has interest in global health and recently volunteered in a cataract surgical mission in Tanzania. Dr. Lai is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, and is an active member of other professional societies. He is committed to excellence in the provision of a complete range of ophthalmic service. His practice interests include comprehensive ophthalmology, advanced corneal, cataract, and laser vision correction.Read more

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Your eye health is my top priority. 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, including: cataract & LASIK surgery, treatment of various corneal diseases, and dry eye. I never take for granted that you have placed a deal of confidence in me.Read more

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Edward C. Lai, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist and an accomplished ocular surgeon. He is an Assistant Professor...Read more

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Edward C. Lai, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist and an accomplished ocular surgeon.  He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Service. He is also an integral member of the Cornea service.  Dr. Lai specializes in laser vision correction (LASIK and PRK), advanced cataract surgery, and general eye disease.  

After receiving his undergraduate degree with honors in Biology from Brown University, Dr. Lai worked with AmeriCorps prior to attending Tufts University School of Medicine for his medical training. He then completed his internship in general surgery and internal medicine at 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 Medical College.

Dr. Lai's research has focused on ocular surface diseases and cataract surgery and he has authored textbook chapters and peer-reviewed articles on these subjects.  He is a gifted educator and has played an integral part in fellow, resident and medical student training. He has been awarded the resident teaching award on two occasions. Dr. Lai has been an invited lecturer at Harvard University's intensive cataract course, and has also lectured internationally, most recently at the Pan American Ophthalmology Congress and the Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology annual meetings.  Dr. Lai has interest in global health and recently volunteered in a cataract surgical mission in Tanzania.

Dr. Lai is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, and is an active member of other professional societies.  He is committed to excellence in the provision of a complete range of ophthalmic service. His practice interests include comprehensive ophthalmology, advanced corneal, cataract, and laser vision correction.

Dr. Lai's Care Philosophy

Your eye health is my top priority. 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, including: cataract & LASIK surgery, treatment of various corneal diseases, and dry eye. I never take for granted that you have placed a deal of confidence in me.

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Blepharitis
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drusen
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Genetic Predisposition to Migraine With or Without Aura
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy - Deafness - Mental Retardation - Absence of Large Myelinated Fibers
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Macular Edema
  • Malignant Astrocytoma
  • Migraine
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Stye
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage

Education

  • Medical School
    Tufts University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2003

  • Internship Hospital
    St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center

    Completed in 2004

  • Residency Hospital
    George Washington University Medical Center

    Completed in 2005

    New York University Medical Center

    Completed in 2007

  • Undergraduate School
    Brown University / Alpert Medical School

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • LASIK
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Sutureless Cataract Surgery
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery