Ilan Cohen MD

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Having performed thousands of successful laser procedures, Dr. Ilan Cohen is one of the most experienced eye surgeons in the nation. He was the first surgeon in the New York City area to perform cutting-edge corneal surgery such as the implantable contact lens and the artificial corneal transplant. He has been featured on CBS, CNBC and Fox News for his innovative surgical techniques (watch here).

Dr. Ilan Cohen is highly skilled in all aspects of cornea and refractive surgeries, including LASIK eye surgery, cataract surgery, Visian ICL implantable contact lenses, and much, much more. He operates at the most prominent eye centers in the New York City area, including The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

The Experts’ Expert

Considered the experts’ expert by his colleagues, Dr. Ilan Cohen’s is the address to which they refer their most challenging cases. He is a trusted adviser who is often called upon to provide new ideas or approaches to difficult problems. His colleagues routinely seek his care and refer their family and friends when eye issues arise. Patients have traveled from as far as Europe, the Middle East and South America to seek Dr. Ilan Cohen’s surgical skills and expert advice.

Dr. Ilan Cohen also teaches at the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, which is at the forefront of technological and surgical advances for cataract surgery and LASIK surgery, and is where eye surgeons from all around the world gather to learn about the cutting-edge advances in eye surgery. Dr. Cohen’s recent book about LASIK has been widely adapted by eye surgeons worldwide, and he has written many articles for publications such as in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Ilan Cohen has devoted his entire life to the perfection and fine-tuning of innovative surgical techniques that provide an added level of safety and new options that were previously unavailable. He has the ability to tailor a vision correction treatment to your eyes in order to minimize risk and maximize visual outcome. Dr. Cohen uses a wide array of advanced laser modalities to achieve the best outcome, however, for those who are not safe candidates for laser procedures, he can offer other non-laser options. Choosing safety first is his guiding principle in recommending an appropriate procedure for you.

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Dr. Ilan Cohen earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Psychology, and Biology, graduating Cum Laude from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. He went on to earn his medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed a unique Cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship at the renowned Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, and his residency in Ophthalmology at Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York City. He is Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

When asked, “why did you choose eye surgery?” Dr. Cohen answers:

“I became interested in eye surgery, after my younger brother had an eye injury that required several surgeries. I developed a deep passion and respect for this art, which saved my brother’s eye, and decided to pursue it as my career. On my journey, I discovered that eye surgery is a multidimensional field with elements of art, science, experience, technology, innovation, devotion and talent. I am forever grateful for the satisfaction, challenges and the perpetual growth that it provides me.”

On a more personal note: Dr. Ilan Cohen speaks four languages. His interests include: playing piano, scuba diving, playing squash, ballroom dancing, poetry, traveling and Yoga.

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Doctor Details
Board Certified
Primary Specialty
Refractive Surgery
Secondary Specialty
Ophthalmologist (MD)