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Dr. Ilan Cohen

Ophthalmology
Ridgewood, NY
26 years experience male

Locations

Office

New York, NY

Address

2 W 47th St, New York, NY
Directions

Office

Old Bridge, NJ

Office

Ridgewood, NY

About

Bio

Having performed thousands of successful laser procedures, Dr. Ilan Cohen is one of the most experienced 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. He is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed a unique cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship at the renowned Vanderbilt University Hospital. Dr. Cohen is considered the experts’ expert by his colleagues and is the address to which they refer their most challenging cases. He teaches at the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, where eye surgeons from all around the world gather to learn about the cutting edge advances in eye surgery. Dr. 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.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

Hebrew

Doctor Q&A

427 Answers
627 Agrees
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: Not likely. There are drugs available that can however. Speak to your eye doctor.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Lubrication: Try over the counter lubricating drops (not ones that say they get the red out). If this is not effective, see your eye doctor.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Pain, tearing: A corneal abrasion will result in significant pain and the feeling that there is something in the eye. The eye will become red and tear. Depending on ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your eye doctor: Floaters from pvds are usually single, central small dark spots. Floaters experienced with retinal detachments are usually multiple small floaters or ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Surgery: Surgeries are available which can reduce or eliminate the eye turn. If the vision is affected in the turned eye, the surgery is unlikely to improve th... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Get examined: If you have a significant amount of astigmatism your vision will be blurry. See your eye doctor for a refraction to find out for sure.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: If by lazy eye you mean an eye turn (strabismus) then yes. Eye turns can develop after birth in the first few years of life. See your eye doctor if yo... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Floppy iris syndrome: Extended use of Flomax (tamsulosin) can cause atrophy of the iris muscles resulting in improper dilation of the pupil during cataract surgery. This si... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Latisse (bimatoprost): Ask your eye doctor about a prescription called latisse (bimatoprost). It is very effective in enhancing eyelash growth.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not if used properly: Contact lenses are a medical device, just like a drug. If used properly, they are safe and effective. If used improperly, they can cause severe proble... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Neither: It is better to see your eye doctor and determine what the problem is so that you will know the correct solution.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: Myopia means that light comes to a focus in front of the retina. Astigmatism means light in comes to multiple focal points rather than one. It is pos... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See a doctor: Flashes of light can be a sign of a tear or hole in the retina which may need treatment. See and eye doctor immediately.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Inflammation: Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition, not an infection. The inflammation comes from the body's response to toxins produced by a heavy population o... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Maybe: Cataract surgery does not exclude you from being a laser vision candidate. In fact, many people correct their vision with laser treatment after catara... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Dry eye syndrome: This is likely due to dry eyes. When you go outside the tears evaporate more quickly and cause your symptoms. You can try using artificial tears but i... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Myokymia: Most likely you have a benign condition called eyelid myokymia. This typically is caused by stress, caffeine use and lack of sleep. See an eye doctor ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Stye: This is more commonly known as a stye. It is an infection of an oil-producing gland in the eyelid. The usual treatment is hot compresses and frequent ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Depends on kind: There are a huge range of hard contact lenses for different purposes. Costs can range from $50 per lens to a few hundred.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Different fit: Scleral lenses are used in certain types of eye disease where you don't want the lens to touch the cornea. Regular contact lenses to make contact with... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Usually don't: Various treatments for floaters have been tried including braking them apart with lasers and removing the fluid in the back of the eye where the float... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not likely: The blurred vision and difficulty focusing may be related but these two are likely not related to your floaters. Any changes in vision warrant a visit... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your eye doctor!: Vision loss that is worsening requires immediate attention. There could be problems occurring that cannot be remedied if too much time passes. The pos... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: Staring at the sun or other sources of bright light can cause solar retinopathy. This is a condition where the photo-receptors in the center of the re... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Depends on the cause: There are a multitude of potential reasons why your eyesight is not adequate. Without knowing the reason, a treatment cannot be suggested. See an eye ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Very good outcome: Lasik is an extremely safe and effective treatment for those who are good candidates. Visual recovery is rapid and painless. See a refractive speciali... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes but not ideal: As long as you clean your contact lenses well and use and replace them as directed, most people can wear them everyday. However, having a pair of glas... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
You cannot: With the exception of certain eye diseases, most people's prescription, including astigmatism, is stable from the early 20s to the middle to late 40s ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
18: Lasik is fda approved for patients over 18 but most refractive surgeons prefer to wait until patients are over 21 to perform the surgery as there is a... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Infection: Sleeping in your lenses increases your risk of a vision threatening infection by about 5 fold. Sleeping in lenses can also cause inflammatory conditio... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Many test: We do a number of tests to measure physical qualities of the eye like corneal shape and thickness, refractive error and visual acuity. We also take a ... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Likely a stye: Use hot compresses as often as possible. If there is no improvement in a few days, see an eye doctor.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: If you have a low enough amount of myopia, you may become slightly hyperopic with time. Also, certain eye health problems can cause a shift towards hy... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not directly: When we do anything that requires visual attention (watch tv, read, use a computer) the number of times we blink in a minute goes down by about half. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Too much to type: There is far too much you need to know to cover here. Make sure you see a refractive specialist for your consultation, preferably one who is fellowshi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Cold compresses: Cold compresses will help reduce swelling but you should see an eye doctor if you've had a trauma to the eye.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Hours: Most people have excellent vision within hours of having lasik. Many wake up seeing 20/20 the next day. Your surgeon will check you the next day to ma... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Depends: The symptoms can range from nothing at all to severe loss of vision. Seeing your eye doctor regularly is the best course of action.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Likely a chalzion: Try hot compresses and digital massage. If there is no improvement, see an eye doctor.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Depends: This depends on the level of blood and inflammation caused by the injury. You should be under the care of an eye doctor. This condition can lead to ot... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Eye doctor: Depending on your problem, an ophthalmologist or an optometrist can help you.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Mild: -1.00 would be considered mild myopia (nearsightedness). There are many factors that go into making you a lasik candidate other than your prescription... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Optic nerve damage: Open angle glaucoma is a group of disorders in which there is characteristic and progressive damage to the optic nerve. This results in loss of periph... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: The only alternative to cataract surgery is to not remove the cataract. If you choose not to remove the cataract, the vision will slowly deteriorate. ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
None: There is no "natural" treatment for uveitis. This is a potentially serious inflammatory condition which should be evaluated and treated immediately. S... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: This is a very commonly given piece of advise. Keeping the eyelid margin clean can help various eye problems like styes, blepharitis, dry eyes and all... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Many possibilites: Blurry or foggy vision can be caused by a huge number of eye conditions. Causes can be as benign as needed a new glasses prescription to serious healt... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes: The virus that causes this condition is contagious.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Irritation: Burning, itching, redness, tearing, discharge and blurred vision can all be signs of pink eye or acute conjunctivitis. The severity and mix of symptom... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Squint: You should be evaluated by a doctor who does strabismus surgery to correct the squint.

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Jul 15, 2013
Amazing fund of knowledge
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I saw the eye doctor today and he said to was my eye out often with antibacterial soap. It's a severe case of conjunctivitis. Left eye was starting to show signs of the infection. Thanks.
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My aunt had a spot in her eye very like mine and she did end up with cancer of the eye from that spot. I will mention it to my opthomoligist. Thank you
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My son was hit by a friend's "flying pen"; got external hemorrhage, lucky the retina only swollen, no tear or damage!!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Medicine
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 1996MD

Awards

Top Ophthalmologist , First Place, East Long Island, NY - Winter
2013
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