Fuensanta A. Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAO

  • Associate Professor of Optometry
  • Attending Optometrist, NECO Center for Eye Care, Commonwealth


OD, New England College of Optometry (NECO)
PhD in Optometry, Optometry and Vision Science Division, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
BSc in Optics and Optometry, Facultad de Óptica y Optometría, Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Areas of Expertise

Professional Honors & Awards

2022 Dupuis-Pellerin Award for Faculty Excellence
Fellow, American Academy of Optometry

Practice Locations

Myopia Control Clinic at NECO Center for Eye Care, Commonwealth

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Optometry
American Optometric Association
International Myopia Committee
Massachusetts Society of Optometrists
Prevent Blindness Scientific Committee
World Council of Optometry

Research Involvement

Dr. Vera-Diaz is an expert in myopia control, from both the scientific and clinical perspective. She received a PhD in Optometry from the University of Bradford, UK, for her work investigating optical and neural factors in myopia. She then undertook a postdoctoral research position at NECO and a research fellowship at Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School. At NECO, Dr. Vera-Diaz has developed a successful research program (link below), funded by the NIH. She investigates mechanisms contributing to the development of myopia, specifically, optical, retinal and visual processing structures and functions of the human visual system. Dr. Vera-Diaz serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and is a reviewer in NIH study panel sections.

Children’s Vision Lab

Publications & Presentations

Dr. Vera-Diaz has a strong publication record, with many peer-reviewed publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals related to myopia and several book chapters. She serves as a reviewer for multiple vision science journals, including IOVS, and is a reviewer in NIH special emphasis study panel sections.