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.

Restoring Vision with Femtosecond Laser Surgery


The Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center provides laser femtosecond laser surgery to remove clouded cataract lenses and replace them with intraocular lenses. Laser cataract surgery does not require any stitches, is amazingly reproducible and accurate. Patients can see more clearly and participate in more activities after cataract surgery treatment.

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Fields: One of the most common surgeries in the United States is getting a new focus all thanks to lasers. Carey Pena joining us now and, I guess, Carey, after years of being used over in Europe to treat cataracts, doctors here in the U.S. are now catching on. Carey Pena: Yeah, that's right, Fields. So laser surgery for cataracts was approved several years ago, but there are still only a few hundred doctors using it in the U.S. We found one here in the valley and he says it is making the surgery easier and safer. Glen Navis: I wanted to play softball. I wanted to join a softball team and the first time I was out there I didn't do very well at all. Carey Pena: But Glen Navis's softball game was not suffering from a lack of skill, rather a lack of sight. He could not keep his eye on the ball. Glen Navis: It would get, like, five feet away from me and it would just disappear and you'd just be kind of, 'Well, I . . .' Carey Pena: Thinking he needed glasses, Navis went in for an eye exam. Glen Navis: The first thing he said to me was, 'Well, you have cataracts. I'm like, 'Well, how bad can they be?' He says, 'Well, you can still drive.' Carey Pena: Which is how and why he ended up here at the Arizona Eye Institute and Cosmetic Laser Center, laser being the key word. Dr Emilio Justo: With this femtosecond laser, there's only a couple hundred of them in the United States, so it's still a very new technology. Carey Pena: Because he's active and did not want a lot of downtime, Navis liked the idea of laser cataract surgery. Dr. Emilio Justo is one of the few doctors doing it here and says quick, easy healing is do to the precision of the cut the laser makes for doctors to access the cataract. Dr. Emilio Justo: It's a three plane incision. It goes down into the cornea, across horizontally, down gain by making that tri-beveled incision. It self seals, does not require any stitches. Glen Navis: So I was only out, I think I only missed three games of softball. Dr. Emilio Justo: In doing it by the laser, in my opinion, makes it much more reproducible, precise, and accurate. And with that reproducibility, in my estimation, comes an increased safety factor. Carey Pena: The laser is also able to accurately cut through the center of the cataract. Dr. Emilio Justo: Once the implant is put in, the new lens, it makes it for better quality vision because that implant is better centered. Carey Pena: The lens Navis had put in to replace the old one also helped to correct his astigmatism, and he says that has put him back in the game. Glen Navis: My last game I had five fielding chances and no errors, and I had three hits. Carey Pena: Well, that's pretty good right there. And while insurance does cover cataract surgery most, so far, do not cover the laser procedure. We put more information on our website,

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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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