Recently, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order that lifted the state-wide mandate for masks. The order asked businesses to continue to follow CDC guidelines to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  While we respect everyone’s personal choices surrounding this matter, the nature of our work with our patients require that we work in close proximity of each other and therefore we believe it is in the best interest of our business to continue wearing masks until further notice.  We will revisit this policy once we have more time and information to evaluate the impact the executive order has on our industry and community.  In the meantime, we respectfully ask that while you are providing us the privilege of caring for you and your loved ones, that you please respect our mask policy. Masks are required on every individual in the building, covering the mouth and nose. 
We understand that this has been a trying time for all involved, and we are all ready to get back to normal as soon as possible. We are working hard to create processes that will allow us to do so shortly. We are confident that within a short time, if we can all work together, we will return to normal. We are very excited to see your smiling faces again, soon.

What is Ophthalmology? By Elysia Labita on June 14, 2012






OPHTHALMOLOGY - lots of extra silent h's and l's in there, but it's pronounced op-thul-mol-O-gy.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), "an ophthalmologist, or an Eye M.D., is a medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care" (click here for AAO's website).  Ophthalmologists are different than optometrists and opticians due to their level of training and in the eye conditions and diseases that they can diagnose and treat.  Due to extensive education and additional medical training, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine AND surgery.  They can diagnose and treat all eye diseases as well as perform eye surgery and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses for vision problems.

When compared, an optometrist provides primary vision care including sight testing and correction, as well as the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes.  They are able to prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, can detect eye abnormalities and prescribe medications for certain eye diseases.  Optometrists are fantastic resources for basic and routine eye care, but they are not medical doctors.

In the case of Emilio M. Justo, M.D., board certified ophthalmologist, he is unique in that his ophthalmic training has led to extensive experience in oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.  He can not only treat vision conditions and diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, but he can remove excess skin on your eyelids, a procedure known as upper eyelid blepharoplasty, to drastically improve your peripheral vision and to reduce fatigue from heavy eyelids.  This immense training and over 23 years of experience in overall eye health and cosmetic practices, leads to a unique perspective for an overall evaluation of your eye health and quality of life.

In serving Phoenix's West Valley and the Sun Cities communities for well over 23 years, Dr. Justo has established three unique practices in Sun City, Sun City West, and Wickenburg to address the eye care needs of the local population. 

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Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center

Ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon Emilio Justo founded Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center in 1989. With locations in Sun City West, Sun City, and Wickenburg, AZ, we help patients from the Phoenix area and beyond improve and maintain their vision through quality eye care. Our doctors are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Board of Ophthalmology
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Arizona Medical Association
  • The Arizona Ophthalmological Society
  • The Phoenix Ophthalmological Society

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