Our History

Over the past 50 years, the Maris family has built a collaborative culture of patient-first ophthalmic care on Long Island.  Dr. Peter Maris Jr. was fortunate to follow in the footsteps of two  role models, namely his father (Dr. Peter Maris Sr.) and his late uncle (Dr. Charles Maris).  The Maris Brothers established a large and reputable Long Island ophthalmology practice in the mid-1960’s.  Both brothers enjoyed decades-long careers as ophthalmology clinicians and surgeons who earned the respect and admiration from their patients and colleagues in the New York area.

In 1986, Dr. Peter Maris Sr. moved his practice to its current 230 Hilton Avenue location, at the border of Garden City, less than half-of-a-mile from the Garden City Hotel.  After many fruitful years with his father at the helm, Dr. Peter Maris Jr. assumed all of the practice’s clinical responsibilities in 2006.   In 2007, Dr. Maris formed Long Island Ophthalmic Care, P.L.L.C. and has remained its president and chief operating officer ever since. 

The Maris Brothers

Our Doctors

Dr. Peter Maris Jr. and Dr. Robert Lopez are proud to have attended some of the most prestigious universities and ophthalmology training programs in the country.  Each of them has been mentored by world-renowned ophthalmologists during their subspecialty fellowship training years. Together, Dr. Maris and Dr. Lopez offer a complementary skill set that  benefits their patients and allows for unparalleled continuity of care.  While Dr. Lopez is an expert vitreoretinal surgeon, Dr. Maris is one of only a handful of ophthalmologists in the entire nation who is subspecialty-trained in both glaucoma surgery and cornea surgery.

Both Dr. Lopez and Dr. Maris completed ophthalmology residency training at Columbia’s renowned Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, and they retain faculty appointments at that institution.  Dr. Maris and Dr. Lopez perform many of their more complicated ocular surgeries at the Eye Institute, and they pursue activities related to research and clinical education there.  Both are past recipients of the John M. Wheeler Memorial Teaching Award for excellence in resident teaching.