New Announcement - May 21, 2024

Dr. Emilio Justo's 2nd TED Talk is now LIVE on YouTube! The title of his talk is:

Unleashing the Drive Within: The OBSESSION Advantage to Unprecedented Success

Click Here to View the Full Video and Photos of TEDxWesternU Event

In the meantime, please join the more than 6 Million Viewers who have watched Dr. Justo's first TEDx talk from August 12, 2023 at TEDxCherryCreekHS titled "Delayed Gratification: Your Superpower to Success" Please see the link below to view the full video, as well as photos of the event:

Delayed Gratification: Your Superpower to Success

Dr. Daniel Valdes
Assistant Director of Optometry

Dr. Emily Marsh

The Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center is proud to have Daniel Valdes, O.D. as Assistant Director of Optometry. Dr. Valdes has earned his reputation as a highly respected medical optometrist following decades of experience focused on the individual care and education of every patient he sees.

Experience & Quality

“I am strongly motivated by innovation, a trait that serves patients as well. I most enjoy patients who appreciate a doctor who takes the time to gain their trust and get to know them as individuals. That greatly enhances my ability to provide holistic treatment. 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.”

About Dr. Daniel Valdes

Learn more about Dr. Daniel Valdes, Assistant Director of Optometry here at Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center. He strives to get to know his patients in order to meet their unique needs. Patient interactions, making a difference, and patient satisfaction are his priorities.

Doctor-Patient Relationship

“My goal for you is to provide a remarkable patient experience, the best eye exam you have ever had. I want you to feel educated and empowered about your vision care. It is vital to me that you receive the proactive and preventative care you deserve, and the individualized treatment you need to live your best life.” 

Professional Interests

“I have always prided myself in getting involved with cutting-edge research and technology. Today, that experience makes it easy for me to advocate for the unique care each individual patient requires using the technology we have invested in at the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center. I am dedicated to ongoing education, and recently received multiple new certifications including a new FDA approved contact lens treatment for myopia, or close-up sight.”

HOMETOWN: Merritt Island, Florida

EDUCATION: Nova Southeastern University – Doctor of Optometry Graduated Cum Laude with Honors University of Miami – Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology Studied AIDS-related cytomegalovirus University of Michigan – Associates in Science

RESIDENCY: University of Miami School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Focus on management of ocular diseases, emergencies and infections

PROFESSIONAL: Completed Council on Endorsed Licensure Mobility for Optometrists Certification (CELMO) Certified in the new FDA approved medical myopia program with MiSight contact lenses Doctor of The Year 2007 & 2010 American Association of Corporate Optometrists

PERSONAL: Dr. Valdes' passion is competitive cycling on a national level. While at the University of Michigan and later the University of Miami, he was a member of both the national and conference championship swimming team. He also enjoys snow skiing, surfing, boating and riding motorcycles. Dr. Valdes has traveled through 47 of the 50 states in the United States throughout his adventures. He is fluent in Spanish, has studied French and Portuguese.

LIFE MOTTO: Make your present moment your best moment, and the rest of your life takes care of itself.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” 

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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

To request a consultation, please fill out our online form or call (623) 975-2020.

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Over the years, many people have asked me my secret… The answer is simple – I listen carefully and attentively.
Dr. Emilio Justo

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