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Dr. Ilan Cohen

President and Medical Director

“I have dedicated my life to the mission of providing sharp, youthful vision, both at distance and near to patients of all ages. Today, thanks to advances in modern technology, I strive to enhance your vision beyond what is possible with glasses or contacts”


Innovative Procedures –Turning Promise into Reality

Dr. Cohen is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He is fellowship-trained in cornea and refractive surgery. In the last 25 years, he has performed more than 75,000 vision correction procedures including on more than 1000 doctors. Dr. Cohen performed the first implantable contact lens procedure (ICL), in the Tri-state area. Implantable Contact Lens serve as a LASIK alternative for patients with high myopia (extreme nearsightedness). He was featured on both Fox and ABC news for this groundbreaking achievement.

He performed the first artificial cornea procedure in the Tri-state area, restoring sight to a legally blind man who hadn’t seen out of one eye for decades which got him featured on CBS news. Watch videos of these news reports.

Dr. Cohen’s vast surgical experience includes a large number of complex cataract and LASIK surgeries that are referred to him by other ophthalmologists seeking his unique skill set with such delicate operations. This is perhaps one of the reasons that so many other eye doctors trusted their vision to his capable hands.

Dr. Cohen is a graduate of Tufts University School of medicine and did his cornea fellowship at the prestigious Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Motivated by an Early Family Tragedy
to Pursue Surgical Excellence

When Dr. Cohen was a teenager, his brother suffered a serious eye injury when a bottle of Coke hit the ground and exploded. Glass shards penetrated his eye, and he had to undergo several surgeries. Watching this happen focused Dr. Cohen’s interest in vision and started him on the path he is still walking on– to help as many people as possible restore their eyesight and overcome ophthalmic ailments.

He loves combining the most advanced technology with patiently honed manual dexterity to produce an immediate change in people’s lives. It’s a continual challenge, and the rewards keep coming with each new patient who sees and feels better faster than imagined.

Dedication To Safety

Dr. Cohen has been a referral source for the surgical complications of other ophthalmologists from early in his career. He has therefore devoted his time and career to the reduction of surgical complications and the perfection of surgical techniques. The analysis of his surgical data over the last 10 years reveals a complication rate that is 10 times lower than the national average in cataract surgery and 5 times lower in LASIK. Perhaps this is the reason that more than 1000 doctors have decided to trust their vision to his hands.


Accelerating Momentum, Advancing Technology

Dr. Cohen anticipates laser cataract surgery will soon become the standard of care for cataracts. He also expects that newer, more advanced lens implants will continue to improve vision after surgery to such an extent that cataract patients will experience near-total freedom from glasses. But all this progress hinges on one critical element: The skill and knowledge of the surgeon, coupled with the latest technology. And the best way to know that you’ve found a highly skilled ophthalmologist is by looking at the track record of successful procedures performed, as well as the words of patients and other doctors.




Dr. Cohen is a graduate of Tufts university school of medicine. He did his fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the prestigious Vanderbilt university hospital.


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Patients Testimonials

What other Doctors say about Dr. Cohen

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When looking for a doctor to do my LASIK surgery, I was searching for someone with deep subject matter expertise, who is precise with a high degree of attention to detail, and who enjoyed and was enthusiastic about what they did.

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I met Dr. Cohen through the recommendation of one of my ophthalmology friends when I was looking to get LASIK surgery. I am 20/15 in both eyes and have never had a problem. Thank you Dr. Cohen!

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I chose Dr. Cohen for my cataract surgery with a multifocal lens implant because over the last 20 years of knowing him and referring many of my patients to him, he never made a mistake. I couldn’t be happier with my vision.

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Dr. Ilan Cohen is one of the finest surgeons I could possibly imagine. He has done multiple surgeries, he’s handled incredibly complicated cases. He is one of the finest doctors and I am more than happy to recommend him.

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When it comes to mine or my family’s eyes, Dr. Cohen is my number one choice. Why? Because I have seen his results, and they are far superior than most surgeons in the area. If you want the best results, it’s Dr. Cohen that you have to go to.

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Dr. Cohen is one of the finest surgeons I know. I have seen plenty of his LASIK post op results which have been excellent. I would not hesitate to send any of my family members to him. 

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I have known Dr. Cohen for over 10 years through his reputation and personal interaction. He is one of the best surgeons that I know. When working on a complicated case, I will call Dr. Cohen because his opinion is very important to me.

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I have co-managed hundreds of patients with Dr. Cohen who have had all kinds of refractive surgery. Each procedure is tailored to the patient's particular eye. 

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I have been the director of an ophthalmology surgical center for the last 30 years. I personally know over 100 eye surgeons. If a member of my family needed eye surgery, Dr. Cohen would be the one to perform it.

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I've been an optometrist for 19 years, and I've worked with a number of different surgeons. I think Dr. Ilan Cohen has some of the best hands that I've ever seen.

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When I think of doctor Ilan Cohen, I think of the best. Dr. Cohen and I have been involved in some of the most exciting research projects. Dr. Cohen, in my opinion is one of the best surgeons on this plant.