Dr. Edward Lai, MD

Dr. Edward Lai, MD

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Accepting new patients

Dr. Edward Lai, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in New York, NY. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Lai to book an appointment.

Locations

Weill Cornell Eye Associates

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(212) 235-1519
Weill Cornell Eye Associates1305 York Ave New York, NY 10021
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Dr. Lai's Reviews

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4.2

Based on 9 ratings

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Easy and pleasant to work with. Communication was easy and explanations were direct and specific. An overall pleasant experience.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Michael Nuremberg – Apr 16, 2020
I have always found Dr Lai to be very through. I have been seeing him for 3 years. He is excellent at explaining thinks. I have always found the staff to be be very efficient.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Feb 15, 2020
Was more concerned about his reputation than my eye. Strung me along for over a month and, when his office did not send the required surgical info, I got the hint he did not want to do cataract surgery on my eye. He should have been up front about it!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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May 12, 2018
Excellent doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Howard in Forest Hills – Dec 15, 2017

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Experience
Background

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for New York
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Lai's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Visual Field Defects
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Visual Field Defects more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Scotoma
Dry Eyes
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Dry Eyes more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Senile Cataracts
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lai treats Senile Cataracts more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Lai treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Lai's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Astigmatism
  • Astigmatism Correction Surgery
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Clear Lens Surgery to Correct Near and Far Vision Simultaneous
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diplopia
  • Dry Eyes
  • Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Esotropia
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Exophoria
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Surgery
  • Farnsworth Lantern Test
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Heterophoria
  • Hyphema
  • LASIK
  • Medication Management
  • Migraine
  • Pinguecula
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sutureless Cataract Surgery
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Ultrasound, Eye
  • Vision Disorders
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Screening
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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(212) 235-1519

Dr. Lai accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Priority (Select Network)-NY
Empire (Select Network)-NY POS
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Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP)
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Oxford Health Plans
POMCO Group
UnitedHealthCare
Community Plan
Compass
Empire Plan
Medicare
United Healthcare EPO
United Healthcare HMO
United Healthcare POS
United Healthcare PPO
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About Me

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...Read more

Biography

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...Read more

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

2007
New York University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
2005
George Washington University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
2004
St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center
Internship Hospital
Brown University / Alpert Medical School
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Edward Lai, MD?

Call (212) 235-1519 to make an appointment as a new patient, or (646) 962-2020 for existing patients or other inquiries. Click here for more information.

Is Dr. Edward Lai, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Edward Lai, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Lai's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Edward Lai, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Lai frequently treats Visual Field Defects, Dry Eyes, and Senile Cataracts. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Lai treats.

Where is Dr. Edward Lai, MD's office located?

Dr. Lai's office is located at 1305 York Ave, New York, NY 10021. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Edward Lai, MD speak?

Dr. Lai speaks Spanish, Chinese, Mandarin, and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Edward Lai, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Lai has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Lai is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

New York, NY

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

7 Awards Received