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.

Cataract Surgery Has Enormous Impact


Dr. Emilio Justo describes cataract surgery, its benefits and the steps involved in the procedure. This procedure is used to treat the clouding of the natural lens of the eye called cataracts. When left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness, so it's essential to seek Dr. Justo's help if you're having trouble seeing clearly.

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DR. EMILIO JUSTO: Cataract surgery is a modern-day procedure to help those patients, particularly those who are more elderly, who tend to develop cataracts, to help them see better. And what cataracts are? Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, behind the pupil. As that lens becomes more clouded, typically due to aging but in younger patients, they can develop cataracts due to trauma, due to medical conditions such as diabetes, due to certain medications such as prednisone or steroids. They can accelerate the cataract process as well. So, in a cataract procedure, by removing that clouded lens, which is referred to as the cataract, and replacing it with a new synthetic artificial lens, otherwise known as an intraocular lens implant, one is able to restore that vision that they had years ago. It is one of the most gratifying procedures that we as physicians and surgeons can do because there is nothing better than restoring a person’s eyesight. Modern day cataract surgery, which I perform, is typically a no-stitch procedure. In some cases, it is a no-stitch/no-patch procedure, meaning that those individuals had the surgery performed just under eye-drop anesthesia. In others, who are more anxious or squeeze their eyes heavily, we do it with the traditional anesthetic, where their eyes are fully numb. The cataract procedure typically takes about 10-15 minutes on most individuals. With the new lens implant that is inserted after the cataract is removed, the patient can typically see quite, quite well within the first 24 hours to 48 hours. Once their vision has improved, they can certainly resume all their normal physical activities. We do not place any restrictions on bending or lifting, or exercising. About the only restriction I ask is that they do not swim under water, so as to avoid any chlorinated water in their eye. Cataract surgery has an enormous impact on a person’s life by restoring their ability to function the way they used to. They can see street signs much better. They can read the fine print much better. And with the advent of newer premium lens implants, in many cases, they can see both distance and reading up close without any eyeglasses. So, clearly it is a life-changing event for most patients and a very gratifying surgery for ophthalmologists such as myself.

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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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