Edward C. Lai, MD

Edward C. Lai, MD Specialties: Ophthalmology

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Edward C. Lai, MD
Specialties: Ophthalmology
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1305 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Empire
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • WellCare

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About Edward C. Lai, MD

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 has volunteered on several cataract surgical missions 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 is currently accepting new patients; appointments can be made by calling 646-962-2020.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center


  • Cataract

  • Cataract Surgery

  • Clinical Research

  • Corneal Disease

  • Corneal Disorder

  • Corneal Surgery

  • Dry Eye Syndrome

  • Dry Eyes

  • Laser Vision Correction

  • Laser Vision Correction Surgery

  • LASIK Surgery

  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Eye Surgery

  • Problems With Sight

  • Refractive Surgery


  • Internship: St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency: George Washington Medical Center
  • Residency: New York University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology