National Cataract Expert By Emilio Justo on May 13, 2020

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Dr. Emilio Justo National Cataract Expert

Our Founder & Medical Director, Emilio M. Justo, M.D., is featured as a national expert on customized cataract surgery in this in-depth article from RealSelf that will answer most questions you've ever had about cataract surgery.

The timing could not be better to educate patients about customized cataract surgery, as Dr. Justo has resumed performing cataract surgeries in his Sun City West fully accredited surgery center.

Check the article out and share it! We are still taking cataract surgery consultations as well, and can design a surgery specific to your unique needs. Read highlights below, or the entire article here.

How do you know when it’s time to have cataract surgery?

If you have cloudy or burry vision, or dim or things don’t look as bright or colorful as they used to, one or both of your eyes may have a clouded lens. Many people say that their vision with cataracts is similar to the effect of looking through a dirty car windshield.

Cataracts need to be removed only when the change in your vision begins to interfere with your everyday life—for instance, making it more difficult to drive, read, or watch TV. In some cases, simply changing your eyeglass prescription may help to improve your vision. 

“The proper time to consider cataract surgery is when significant enough clouding of the natural lens develops and causes blurring of vision, glare, halos, starbursting, difficulty seeing street signs, and difficulty with small print,” says Dr. Justo. “Once the patient feels that their vision is compromised significantly enough and that their vision cannot be corrected with eyeglasses readily, that is the time to consider cataract surgery.”


Is laser cataract surgery safer?

In a laser cataract procedure, the surgeon uses a femtosecond laser, instead of handheld surgical tools, to make the incision and lens opening. The procedure is more controlled and precise than being fully performed manually, explains Dr. Justo. This can potentially reduce certain risks and improve the visual outcome of cataract surgery. 


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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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