Edward C. Lai, M.D.

Edward C. Lai, M.D. Specialties: Ophthalmology, General Ophthalmology

Edward C. Lai, M.D.
Specialties: Ophthalmology, General Ophthalmology
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1305 York Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10021
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About Edward C. Lai, M.D.

Edward C. Lai, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist and an accomplished ocular surgeon. He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Service and of Clinical Operations. He is also an integral member of the Cornea service and has been named on New York Magazine's and Castle Connolly's Top Doctors Lists since 2017. He has also been recently listed as one of America's Top Eye Doctors by Newsweek Magazine. Dr. Lai specializes in cataract surgery, laser vision correction (LASIK and PRK), 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 four 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 various 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: Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Tufts University School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Languages Spoken

  • English