Our current mask policy reflects our ongoing efforts to support the healthiest possible environment for every patient and team member, while following closely the guidance from health officials. Masks are at this time required by all patients, visitors and staff inside our practice.  You can have confidence that our team members are taking every effort to maintain the health and safety of our practice at this time, including sterilizing each room between each use. We thank you for your understanding as we strive to focus on the best in care as we treat a diverse group of patients including those considered to be at higher risk.  We will get through this together.

What is Macular Degeneration and are you at risk? By Elysia Labita on September 10, 2012

Cutting Edge Technology!  Macula Risk Testing and Information Seminars for Macular Degeneration.

As you may already know, Macular Degeneration is a devastating eye disease that has robbed millions of people of their useful eyesight.  The good news is that Age-Related Macular Degeneration (also known as AMD) can now be detected much earlier, and the best news is that there are now treatment and preventative strategies that were not available as little as one year ago!

We now are able to offer AMD patients and their families the unique opportunity to have a genetic test (that is painless and involves taking a swab sample from inside the cheek) that can help identify patients that are most likely to progress to advanced AMD with vision loss due to a genetic predisposition. This Macula Risk test is reimbursed by most healthcare insurances, including Medicare. The Arizona Eye Institute does NOT get paid for providing or interpreting the test. 

If you or your family members have been told you have AMD or your vision is deteriorating, it is with a sense of urgency that we offer and encourage you to take part in this testing so we may assist in evaluating your genetic risk. Furthermore, by identifying your own genetic risk category for developing visually disabling AMD, you are able to counsel your family’s loved ones so that they may be more pro-active in being vigilant for this potentially sight-threatening disease themselves, thereby taking advanced measures to reduce their own risk for the future.

I encourage you to share with your friends and family this remarkable advancement in DNA testing for potential vision loss from Macular Degeneration. 

We will be holding three information sessions at our Sun City West office on

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:30 AM

19052 R. H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West

If you would like to attend, please RSVP and specify which session you will be attending by contacting our office at (623) 975-2020 

or emailing us at to reserve your spot.

Space is limited, so please don’t miss this opportunity. 

We encourage you to bring a family member or friend who may be affected by Macular Degeneration.


This state-of-the-art information and breakthrough technology with DNA testing are offered to you out of our longstanding dedication and loyalty in providing the most comprehensive medical eye care for our patients. 



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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:

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