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.

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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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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