Recently there have been announcements among various government leaders on the topic of whether it continues to be appropriate to wear masks in very specific settings, and asking that businesses such as ours continue to review our public safety and mask requirements. As a business providing important health care services to the community, we are committed to top quality care that also prevents the spread of any illness, including 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.  These precautions are appropriate given the demographics of many of our patients that place them in what medical experts consider “at risk” groups that are important to us to keep safe and well.
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.

August is Cataract Awareness Month By Emilio Justo on August 18, 2014

This is a month when we should all take a moment and breathe a sigh of relief.

That is, because we live during a time when technology like that offered here at the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center, can resolve the most common age-related vision ailment: Cataracts.

It's Cataract Awareness Month and a good time to remember why your annual medical eye exam is so very important, and why you should always come see us if you have any vision concerns.

Our investment into the LenSx femtosecond laser for refractive cataract surgery is improving lives, and doing it in a way that is safer, more precise and reproducible, and more comfortable than ever before.

There is no knife involved. No stitches on your eye. And you don't have to walk around with an eye patch after surgery.

Many patients are relaxing and reading with their dramatically improved vision, the very same day of surgery. Their concerns about losing the independence of driving a car, or of seeing other important hobbies - even books, television or golf - are gone.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of cataracts can vary dramatically among patients. The best thing to do is to come in for an appointment if you have any questions or concerns about your vision. Often, one of the first indicators is a loss of clarity when reading street signs, newspaper or book print, or watching television. An appearance of glare, halos, or starbursts when looking at streetlights or oncoming headlights when driving at night. Common symptoms are:

·        Cloudy or blurred vision

·        Appearance of faded or yellowing colors

·        Glare or halos around headlights, lamps or sunlight

·        Difficulty seeing at night

·        Double vision or ghosting around images

·        Frequent changes in prescription glasses or contact lenses


The natural aging process is usually the cause of cataract development. However, injury, disease, use of steroids, and genetic predisposition can also lead to cataracts.

Take action

Your eyesight is precious, and we want to catch cataracts, and any other vision concerns such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, early. Please contact us to make an appointment today.

-Emilio M. Justo, M.D.

 Medical Director

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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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