The Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center is Open

We are still open at our regular office hours at each of our three locations. Our Medical Director & Founder, Emilio M. Justo, M.D., is seeing surgical consultations. Dr. Mark Yates and Dr. Manuel Zambrano will continue to see our postoperative patients as well as any urgent and emergency patients, along with medically necessary eye exams throughout this time.


As always during the cold and flu season that we are now in, we ask that you reschedule any appointment if you feel ill, have experienced a fever within the last 24 hours or are concerned that you may have been exposed to someone with these symptoms. We will be asking screening questions as patients arrive.

If you have an urgent eye problem and feel you need to be seen promptly, our office is here for you, but we ask that you call us at (623) 975-2020 to schedule a same day appointment rather than walk in.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order mandating the temporary halt of all elective surgeries and all surgeries not considered life saving, in order to divert supplies to emergency and life saving medical needs. If your surgery must be rescheduled, one of our team members will reach out to you.

Our service to you is very important to us, so in response to this mandate, we have implemented changes to our schedule aimed at upholding high safety standards while still providing needed care.

To maintain a safe atmosphere for patients and our staff, we have significantly reduced the number of patients who will be in our offices at any one time. We respectfully request that any friend or family members wait in the car during the time that the patient is inside the office. The patient may also wait in the car until the doctor is ready, at which time we can call or text you in your car.

If you would like to try on eyeglasses, please ask one of our opticians to hand you the frames you are interested in, to ensure all frames are kept clean for you.

It is important that you know we are monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and will follow our usual OSHA guidelines for infection control. We are closely following the Center for Disease Control's recommendations as we learn more about the Coronavirus. We have increased our strong disinfection protocol and maintaining deep cleaning standards.

You are like family to us, and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.

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 provides regular exams and advanced diagnosis for diabetes-related eye conditions. He also offers 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.

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 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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19052 N R H Johnson Blvd
Sun City West, AZ 85375

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10701 W Bell Rd
Sun City, AZ 85351

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500 W Savage St
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

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