Dr. Edward Lai, MD

Dr. Edward Lai, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  

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Dr. Edward Lai, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 13 years. He specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story

Weill Cornell Eye Associates, New York, NY

1305 York Ave

New York, NY 10021
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Health Net
  • HealthFirst
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana

Learn about Dr. Lai

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Lai performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Dry Eyes
very high
more than 91% of peers
Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
more than 86% of peers
more than 83% of peers

Dr. Lai's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Lai's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Lai "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."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Lai "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."

1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

54  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blurred Vision
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Cataracts
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drusen
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Genetic Predisposition to Migraine With or Without Aura
  • Glaucoma
  • Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy - Deafness - Mental Retardation - Absence of Large Myelinated Fibers
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Astrocytoma
  • Nystagmus
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Stye
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage


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20  Procedures

  • 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
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Sutureless Cataract Surgery
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Brown University / Alpert Medical School
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Tufts University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • George Washington University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • New York University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lai to family and friends
6 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (6)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Lai's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

Excellent doctor.
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