Welcome Dr. Valdes! By Emilio Justo on January 03, 2022

Welcome Dr. Daniel Valdes

We are proud to introduce our newest Assistant Director of Optometry, Daniel Valdes, O.D., who brings more than two decades of dedication, compassion and experience to the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center.

"Dr. Valdes fits perfectly in to our community, which appreciates a provider who takes the time to get to know them as a person and not just a patient," said Medical Director Emilio M. Justo, M.D. "Dr. Valdes makes a point to get to know elements of your life and lifestyle that he can use to individualize a care plan that will have dramatic benefit to your quality of life.  He has unique experience in technology, research and treatment that makes him a valuable asset to our growing practice."

Dr. Valdes offers routine eye exams for eyeglasses and contact lenses, as well as comprehensive medical eye exams.  He has extensive experience treating or diagnosing glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye, diabetic retinopathy, and in treating eye injury or emergencies. 

He will treat patients in the Sun City and Wickenburg offices, and can often accept emergency visits. He is open to new patients who would like to take advantage of his unique expertise. 

“I am strongly motivated by innovation, a trait that serves patients as well," Dr. Valdes said.  "My love for optometry developed while
conducting undergraduate research studies in virology pertaining to blindness during AIDS at the University of Miami. Since that experience, I have worked closely with some of the nation’s leading surgeons in refractive surgery procedures and laser assisted cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses. It is my true honor to work alongside Dr. Justo and this community.”

Dr. Valdes earned his Doctor of Optometry Degree from Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated with honors. His Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Miami, where he studied Microbiology and Virology.  Dr. Valdes also earned an Associate Degree in Science from the University of Michigan. Originally from Merritt Island, Florida, he is a proud Arizonan now who spends his free time competitively cycling and engaging in other athletic activities. 

The Arizona Eye Institute in addition to eye exams, specializes in customized cataract and eyelid surgeries as well as other cosmetic services and products. Learn more on our Website or contact us to schedule with Dr. Valdes today.

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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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