New Announcement - July 1, 2024

Dr. Emilio Justo released his first book! The title of his talk is:

The Power of Pause: Mastering Delayed Gratification for Success

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Dr. Justo's 2nd TED Talk from February 2, 2024 is live on YouTube titled "Unleashing the Drive Within: The OBSESSION Advantage to Unprecedented Success".  Please see the link below to view the full video, as well as photos of the event:

Unleashing the Drive Within: The OBSESSION Advantage to Unprecedented Success

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

Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy and Related Conditions

If you have diabetes, it is important to monitor your eye health for diabetic retinopathy and other common health concerns that can impact your vision. At the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center, Dr. Emilio M. Justo and his talented Medical Optometrists Dr. Mark Yates and Dr. Daniel Valdes, provide regular exams and advanced diagnosis for diabetes-related eye conditions. Our team of experienced providers also offer a full range of treatments to protect your eyesight. If you suffer from diabetes, it is important to be proactive about your eye health. To undergo a screening for diabetic retinopathy and other conditions, schedule an exam at our Phoenix practice today.

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Diabetic Eye Exams

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus can increase your risk for a number of eye diseases. Because of the increased risk for vision damage, it is essential that you undergo diabetic eye exams at least once a year. If you have already been diagnosed with an eye disease, you should schedule more frequent appointments. At these exams, your doctor will look for various conditions, including:

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetes-related eye condition. Elevated blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels of the eye, cutting off oxygen and nourishment to the retina. In response, the body will grow new blood vessels. Unfortunately, abnormal development causes the new vessels to leak blood, resulting in a loss of vision. In some cases, scar tissue will form and pull on the retina, increasing the risk for retinal tears or detachment.

Patients with type 1 diabetes do not usually develop this condition for at least five years after diagnosis. Type 2 patients often have eye problems at the time they are diagnosed. With both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the risk for diabetic retinopathy increases the longer a patient has the condition. Fortunately, timely diagnosis and control of your blood sugar levels can protect your remaining eyesight.

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The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Flashes and floaters
  • Dark spots on the visual field
  • Problems with night vision

Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

Doctors cannot restore vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy. However, there are a number of treatments that can control your symptoms and prevent further vision damage. Steroid injections can diminish enlarged blood vessels, and may improve your vision. If you do not respond to this more conservative option, we may recommend more aggressive treatment. In these cases, Dr. Justo's team and our in-house retinal specialist will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, which may include laser treatment. Our advanced lasers can shrink swollen blood vessels and prevent them from leaking blood. The treatment involves minimal discomfort and conveniently takes place right here in our office.

Schedule Your Eye Exam

Dr. Justo and our team are committed to preserving your vision so you can continue to enjoy the activities you love. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or a related eye disease, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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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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