A Strong Team
More Than 30 Years Providing Superior Standard of Care
The Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center is not your typical eye clinic. There are several things that set us apart: Our convenient on-site fully accredited surgery center, our state-of-the-art technology, our cosmetic surgeries and services, and the level of care that our strong team of doctors can provide to you and your loved ones. You can feel confident that every business decision made at this practice is done with the patients put first.
A Team Of Uniquely Talented and Skilled Doctors
In the more than 30 years that the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center has provided superior vision care to the community, we have developed a unique team of talented doctors who work closely together to provide you the medical eye care you won’t find in any big box store or retail chain. As we continue to grow, as Founder & Medical Director, I am proud to have hand selected two of the few Medical Optometrists in Arizona to join me in providing you the care that you deserve. My Director of Optometry, Dr. Eugene Shifrin, and my Assistant Director of Optometry, Dr. Manuel Zambrano, both possess unique medical experience, skills and training you won’t find with a typical optometrist.
Both Dr. Shifrin and Dr. Zambrano provide the exact same comprehensive medical eye exam that I do, using the same technology we have invested in. The only service they cannot provide are your surgical procedures that I offer to you.
Difference Between a Medical Optometrist and a Retail Chain Optometrist
All Optometrists earn a Degree in Optometry. However, most then go on to provide basic refractions in order to offer customers new prescriptions and then provide new eyeglasses or contact lenses if needed. The optometrist you will find at a typical retail clinic will not be able to give you a comprehensive medical eye exam, which is an important part of your overall health care, nor can they give you the additional testing that is so vital for any diagnosis or treatment.
A Medical Optometrist continues on with their education, taking it to a new level:
· They complete a full-time accredited postgraduate clinical residency training program with emphasis on medical optometry, similar to a medical doctor.
· During residency, they work hands-on with patients providing medical eye care.
· They must document significant practice of medical optometry for a minimum of two years immediately prior to their application for certification.
What If My Family Doctor Asked That I See an Ophthalmologist for My Vision Care?
Ask your doctor why they want you to have the exam. Typically, they want to get a good look at the back of your eyes (retina) to assess your health, especially if you have a condition such as Diabetes. The eyes are an important part of everyone’s health care, as your eyes reveal a lot about your health. Any good doctor will encourage you to schedule a comprehensive medical eye exam with testing. Seeing a Medical Optometrist enables you to undergo the testing your doctor is seeking for your proper care. Dr. Zambrano and Dr. Shifrin provide the same exact exam and level of care that I offer and that your physician is seeking for you to receive. Both Dr. Shifrin and Dr. Zambrano keep your doctor and me informed, and will schedule you to see me if you are in need of a surgery or a second opinion.
You Can See Dr. Shifrin and Dr. Zambrano Quickly To Ensure You Stay on Top of Your Care
Together, Dr. Shifrin and Dr. Zambrano have four decades of experience in medical vision care. Knowing this importance, I personally selected each of them to ensure that each of our patients has his or her medical eye exam timely, while I focus my efforts on the important surgical aspects of your eye care. Both Dr. Zambrano and Dr. Shifrin are very skilled and I’m very confident in the care they provide.
Thank You For Placing Your Trust In Our Talented Team
I know you will enjoy Dr. Shifrin and Dr. Zambrano, and I want you to know you are like family to me, and to our entire team. We are thrilled to be growing and able to offer our unique joint skills to you. I thank you for placing your trust in my team, and I promise you will always be the most important person in the room to us. See you soon!
- Emilio M. Justo, M.D., Founder & Medical Director