Charles R. Beyrer, MD, FAAO.

Meet Dr. Luz Amaro Quireza

Doctor of Optometry (OD), FAOA

I am thrilled to join The Retina Group of New York during this exciting time, I look forward to working with my retina colleagues here to build a premier LI Retina Diagnostic Electrophysiology Center”— Dr. Amaro-QuirezaISLANDIA, NY, USA, August 14, 2023/ -- The Retina Group of New York is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Luz Amaro-Quireza, a highly educated optometrist scholar and dedicated clinician, to their retina team. With an impressive array of credentials from top universities, Dr. Amaro-Quireza brings 16 years of academic experience as a faculty member and attending doctor at Columbia University Medical Center and Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. Her expertise in electrophysiology and medical retina departments with world-renowned specialists has made her one of the most sought after professionals in the field.

Dr. Amaro-Quireza has been highly published in the field, particularly regarding visual monitoring for patients on hydroxychloroquine, and neuro-ophthalmic cases. She is also an active member of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. In addition to her professional work, she frequently participates in humanitarian services throughout El Salvador while continuing to lecture internationally on various topics within her field.

At the Retina Group of New York, Dr. Amaro-Quireza will be responsible for developing a comprehensive diagnostic electrophysiology center focused on serving Long Island’s growing population with retinal diseases such as hereditary retinal conditions, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, retinal detachment and other eye conditions that affect vision or cause blindness. This new center will provide advanced testing including optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus photography , angiography, automated visual fields, color, contrast and night vision testing as well as specialized tests like visual evoked potentials (VEP) electroretinography (ERG )and multifocal ERG (mfERG), the most sensitive test for Plaquenil and Hydroxychloroquine monitoring.

“I am thrilled to join The Retina Group of New York during this exciting time," said Dr. Amaro-Quireza about her new position at the Retina Group of New York. "I look forward to working with my retina colleagues here to build a premier Long Island Retina Diagnostic Electrophysiology Center that provides high quality care for patients suffering from retinal diseases."

The Retina Group of New York is committed to offering its patients unparalleled treatment options supported by cutting edge technology, skilled surgeons, experienced staff members and superior patient care programs that are tailored to meet each individual's needs. With Dr. Amaro-Quireza joining their team they are confident that they can continue providing excellent care long into the future by establishing a LI Retina Diagnostic Electrophysiology Center with her guidance.

For over 25 years, Retina Group of New York has been offering comprehensive eye care services including second opinions. At Retina Group, we understand that every patient's eyesight is unique—and so is their approach to treatment. Care is tailored to each patient’s individual needs while utilizing cutting-edge technology—all delivered with compassion. Dr. Amaro-Quireza's multilingual skills will also help with the retina education of the with the Hispanic and Italian communities.

"We're proud to welcome Dr. Amaro-Quireza to our retina team," said James M. Maisel, MD , Founder and CEO of the Retina Group of New York. "Her expertise will bolster the Retina Group’s level of service and help us continue providing exceptional eye care services to our community."


    Complutense University of MadridSchool of Optometry and Optics
    Optics-Optometry Degree

    Center for International OptometryMaster in Optometry

    New England College of OptometryDoctor of Optometry

Post-Doctoral Training

    Martha Elliot Health CenterPrimary Care Optometry

    VA HospitalOcular Diseases Service

    New England Eye InstitutePediatric and Binocular Binocular Optometry Service

    Moorfields HospitalInternship in Electrophysiology and Medical Retina

    Academy of OptometryAmniotic Membrane, Prokera fitting course

    Onefit Med Scleral Lens / Tiedra FarmaceuticaScleral lens fitting online course

    Brien Holden Vision Institute Education6 hours online Managing Myopia Program

    Bausch and LombVision Shaping Treatment VST / Moonlens Certification Fitting

    Massachusetts Society of OptometristsTopical and Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents
    and Glaucoma Certification

    Euclid Orthokeratology contact lensesCertification Ortho-K lenses for Myopia Management

    American Board of Optometry Candidate

    New York State Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents Certification

Professional Organization, Societies and Service

    European Academy of Optometry and Optics , EAOO

    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, ARVO


    Fluent Spanish and English.

    Mild Level Italian and Portuguese.


    Optometry Center Amaro-QuirezaOptometrist

    Eye Associates P.CCertified Optometrist

    New England Eye Center, Tufts UniversityOptometrist/Neuro-Ophthalmology Department
    Co-Director Electrophysiology Department

    Bronx Lebanon Hospital CenterAttending Optometrist, Ophthalmology Department

    CUMC Department of OphthalmologyElectrophysiology / Medical Retina DepartmentFaculty Attending OptometristInstructor in Optometric Sciences (in Ophthalmology)

    US Air Force Optometry / Ophthalmology DepartmentAttending Optometrist

Academic and Hospital Appointments

    New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia Univ.
    Faculty Attending Optometrist

    Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Albert EinsteinFaculty Attending for Ophthalmology and Optometry Residencies


    TPA-Certified Optometrist New YorkLicense Number: TUV007134Status: Active

    TPA-Certified Optometrist Massachusetts
    License Number: 4218
    Status: Active

    Topical and Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents and Glaucoma Certification Massachusetts
    Status : Active

    Oral Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents Certification New York

Teaching Experience

Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology at CUMC - Yearly
Refraction and Retinoscopy Workshop

Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology at CUMC
“Electrophysiology a very useful tool in Ophthalmology “

Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Albert Einstein Bronx, NYSupervised Optometry Residents each Friday during General Optometry Clinic

Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Albert Einstein Bronx, NY
Electrophysiology Lectures for Ophthalmology and Optometry Residents
Specific Courses included:
Electrophysiology, a very useful tool in Ophthalmology
Basic in Electrophysiology: Methods, different testing and Clinical Application

Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Albert Einstein Bronx, NY
Contact Lens Lectures for Ophthalmology Residents
Specific Courses include:
Contact Lens Basics
Soft Contact Lenses: Fitting Different Cases
RGP Lenses

First Latin American Optometric Symposium Boston, MA
New England College of Optometry
Binocular Vision Course

Publications and Scientific Posters

Outgoing project

ARVO Baltimore, MD
A comparison of rod visual fields to recommended functional and structural screening test results for patients treated with hydroxychloroquine.
Scientific Poster ; co-author
Conference cancelled COVID 19

ARVO Vancouver, CA
Hydroxychloroquine Therapy: Effects on retinal function and structure
Presentation: 5032-A0495/Session : 453 Scientific Poster.

ISCEV Reims, France
Retinal Sites and Function Affected by Hydroxychloroquine therapy Maria Luz Amaro-Quireza, Stephen H. Tsang MD, Donald C. Hood, Vivienne C. Greenstein
Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia University, NY

"Screening for glaucoma in populations at high risk : The eye screening New project"Lama A. Aswad , Devon B. Joiner , Xinhui Wang, Carlos Gustavo de Moraes, Deborah Popplewell, Maria L. Amaro-Quireza , Muhammad Shabsigh and Nancy Taher. Cogent Medicine , 2017

“Electroretinography in Pediatric Retinal Dystrophies “
James Lin MD, Luz Amaro-Quireza, Stephen H. Tsang MD
Practical Management of Pediatric Ocular Disorders and Strabismus
A case based approach.
Elias I. Traboulsi, Virginia Miraldi Utz 2016

A comparison of structural and functional changes inpatients screening for Hydroxychloroquine RetinopathyViviene C. Greenstein PhD, Luz Amaro-Quireza OD ; Evelyn S.Abraham MD
Ranthambore Ramachandran MD, Stephen H Tsang MD, Donald C Hood
Doc. Ophthalmol. 2015

ARVO Seattle , WCA Comparison of Tests Recommended for Detecting Hydroxychloroquine related Retinal Toxicity
Maria Luz Amaro-Quireza OD (1,2); Evelyn S. Abraham MD (3); Stephen H. Tsang MD (1); Donald C. Hood MD (1); Vivienne C. Greenstein MD (1)
(1) Ophthalmology Columbia University New York, NY
(2) Albert Einstein Bronx, NY
(3) New York University New York, NY

Subretinal Fluid from Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Demonstrated by Optical Coherence Tomography
Thomas R. Hedges III MD, Laurel N. Vuong SB, Alberto O. Gonzalez-Garcia MD, Carlos E. Mendoza-Santiesteban MD, Maria Luz Amaro-Quireza OD
Archives of Ophthalmology/ Vol 126, #6 June 2008; 812-815

Multifocal Visual Evoked Potential, Multifocal Electroretinopathy and Optical Coherence Tomography in the diagnosis of subclinical loss of visionThomas R. Hedges III MD, Maria Luz Amaro-Quireza OD,Ophthalmology Clinics of North America 17, No 1 2004; 89-105

Evaluation of Hydroxychloroquine Retinopathy with Multifocal Electroretinography
Scott C. So MD, Thomas R. Hedges MD, Joel Schuman MD, Maria Luz Amaro-Quireza OD
Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging/Vol. 34. #3 May/June 2003; 251- 258

Optical Coherence Tomography Demonstrates Subretinal Macular Edema from Papilledema
Vincent J. Hove III MD, Audina M. Berrocal MD, Thomas R. Hedges III MD; Maria Luz Amaro-Quireza OD
Archives of Ophthalmology/Vol. 119 September 2001; 1287-1290

Conferences and Lectures by Invitation

European Academy of Optometry and Optics Helsinki, Finland
“Electrophysiology: A very useful tool. Ophthalmology Basics and clinical cases “ Speaker
Conference rescheduled for April 2021 COVID 19

Invited as a lecturer at the INO Lima, Peru
Instituto Nacional de Oftalmologia

3rd Encuentro de Neuro-Oftalmologia Havana, Cuba
Argilagos in memorian ; Instituto de Neurologia y Neuro-Oftalmologia de Cuba. Speaker

Invited as a lecturer at the IRO Trujillo, Peru
Instituto Regional de Oftalmologia

Visual and Peripheral Nervous System Disorders Havana, CubaInternational Meeting; “Multifocal Erg in Occult Maculopathies“ Speaker

Humanitarian Services

6 Medical Trips to El Salvador with ASAPROSAR, NGO. Provide free eye care and eye surgery to Poverty stricken population.