Dr. Ilan Cohen

Manhattan’s Top LASIK Surgeon

The Doctor’s Choice For LASIK And Corrective Eye Surgery in Manhattan

Our Manhattan office is in the Midtown East area conveniently located near the E, M, N, Q, R & W subway lines. Dr. Ilan Cohen offers refractive consults and performs vision correction surgery using the most advanced equipment in our state of the art facility located on the 8th Floor. For directions to the office please see the map below. To book an appointment give us a call at (212) 764-2020 or click the button below.

Why Cohen Eye Institute?

The Cohen Eye Institute is the leading provider of LASIK surgery in Manhattan. Dr. Cohen performed the first implantable contact lens (ICL) and artificial cornea procedures, in the Tri-state area. Over 1,000 physicians have chosen CEI for their own corrective vision procedures.

Experience isn’t the only reason the Cohen Eye Institute remains a top choice for Manhattan LASIK surgery. CEI employs cutting-edge surgical technology, excelling in procedures such as LASIK, SMILE, and cataract surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Cohen customizes treatment by incorporating a diverse range of intraocular lenses designed for multifocal, extended-range, and astigmatism correction, specifically tailored to each patient.

Meet Dr. Ilan Cohen

The Most Experienced LASIK Surgeon in Manhattan

Dr. Cohen, a board-certified ophthalmologist, boasts a rich career spanning 25 years with over 75,000 vision correction procedures, including pioneering achievements. Notably, he performed the first Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) and artificial cornea procedures in the Tri-state area, garnering recognition on Fox, ABC, and CBS news.

His expertise extends to complex cataract and LASIK surgeries. He is often referred to complex LASIK surgeries by other ophthalmologists seeking his unique skill set with such delicate operations. A Tufts University School of Medicine graduate, Dr. Cohen completed his cornea fellowship at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
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What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

The Benefits of LASIK

LASIK, short for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is a laser eye surgery designed to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness.

The objective of the LASIK procedure is to enhance the patient's vision by reshaping the cornea, which is the clear outer layer of the eye, resembling a clear dome. The cornea functions as a lens, similar to the lens in a camera, focusing light.

LASIK tailors the cornea reshaping according to the patient's prescription, ensuring that light rays enter the eye with minimal scatter and optical degradation. The outcome is improved visual acuity, essentially restoring the sharpness of vision.

At the Cohen Eye Institute, we make LASIK:  
Affordable, Painless, Quick

If you are fed up with the inconvenience and expense of glasses and contacts, LASIK can be a great option that offers a significant improvement in vision with little risk and time associated with the procedure.

We offer both bladeless or All laser LASIK as well as Contoura® LASIK that utilizes advanced mapping technology to generate an accurate and thorough three-dimensional map of the cornea.

The primary advantage of LASIK is the swift enhancement of your vision almost immediately post-procedure. With a procedure duration of just 20 minutes and a recovery period of one to two days, the temporary inconvenience pales in comparison to the enduring years of improved vision that follow.

Different Types of LASIK

All-Laser LASIK

Bladeless or All-Laser LASIK is a type of laser eye surgery that doesn’t use blades but two different kinds of lasers to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

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Contoura® LASIK​​

Topography-guided LASIK is a type of laser vision correction that leverages the power of advanced mapping technology to create a precise and comprehensive three-dimensional map of the cornea.​

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Photorefractive Keratectomy​ (PRK): PRK is a type of laser eye surgery that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea.

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Small Incision Lenticule Extraction is a laser correction surgery that became popularized for the treatment of myopia and astigmatism.

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Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) surgery inserts a small lens inside the eye to permanently correct the vision.

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Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is the only procedure that can correct both near and distance vision in both eyes permanently if you are older than 40.

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Patients Testimonials


LASIK Patient

"I am looking forward to not wearing glasses or contacts anymore and go swimming. the procedure was so easy; piece of cake. I could see the clock without squinting. Dr. Cohen was very informative and made the whole experience pleasant. He walked me through everything. I am the biggest chicken, if I could do it, anyone can do it."


LASIK Patient

"Since I was four years old, I had been wearing thick glasses because of my high astigmatism. My wish had always been to see clearly without having to wear my glasses. The surgery has changed my life immensely. I chose Dr. Cohen for my LASIK because of his level of professionalism and his educational background. The surgery was easy, painless, quick and the minute he finished I was able to see perfectly without my glasses."

Dr. Lipchak

Multifocal Implant

"I am an optometrist and 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 didn't feel a thing during the surgery. I couldn't be happier with my vision. I am happy with my choice of lens and excited that I never have to have anything done again!"


LASIK Patient

"Dr. Cohen came extremely recommended to me. I saw the results of other people that I know and really wanted to get a surgery too. I actually wanted to get it done a few times before, but he said, I am not ready yet, because I was abusing my contacts. I had to stop wearing them for a while. My vision a day after was 20/20. Thank you so much Dr. Cohen! You are a life saver."


PRK Patient

"I work in Manhattan. I am an operating engineer. When I was 14 years old I needed a cornea transplant on my right eye. I really couldn't see well even after the surgery. I recently went to Dr. Cohen and he did a procedure on my right eye. It drastically improved my vision. I can actually street signs and news paper and television."


The cost of LASIK eye surgery in New York can vary based on several factors, including the specific LASIK technology used, the surgeon’s experience, and the clinic’s location. At the Cohen Eye Institute, we believe LASIK should be affordable which is why we offer financing options at our Manhattan office to make LASIK more accessible to our patients.

There is street parking only.

In NY, we accept Carecredit, WF, and Alphaeon.

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