Emilio M. Justo, M.D. is the Founder and Medical Director of a unique institute that today offers the top of the line technology for the most pressing vision and cosmetic needs. Dr. Justo first opened the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center in 1989. Today, he performs bladeless refractive cataract surgery using the LenSx femtosecond laser - which offers the growing number of patients with cataracts a safer and more precise vision correction. He is proud to be one of a few surgeons in Arizona who use the newest laser technology. Upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is also performed by Dr. Justo. Arizona Eye Institute staff works hard to help patients whose insurance often covers the medically-necessary upper lid outpatient surgery performed under local anesthesia. While the procedure regains a patient's natural eyelid structure, the surgery also can significantly improve the patient's peripheral (side) vision and help decrease heaviness and eye fatigue. Dr. Justo's story begins with birthplace near Havana, Cuba. His parents wanted a better life for their son, and were fortunate to flee Fidel Castro's communist Cuba when he was only 3 years old. The young man did not take the new opportunity before him for granted. Relocated to Indiana, and at times raised by grandparents, he watched as his father worked two jobs and his mother study at Indiana University. Dr. Justo worked as hard as his parents, and at only 17, he graduated Valedictorian of his high school. At only 23, he graduated from the prestigious Integrated Pre-medical/Medical Program at University of Michigan, with both his B.S. and M.D. degrees. At 27 he moved to Arizona and joined an established ophthalmologist in Sun City. Just months later, the ophthalmologist suffered serious health issues, and Dr. Justo took over the practice. It would grow and expand to the three locations today in Wickenburg, Sun City and Sun City West - drawing patients from all over Arizona, as well as nationally and even internationally. The institute offers everything from annual eye exams and eyewear, to more serious vision care. Dr. Justo's Nursing Director is also a Certified Aesthetic Laser Nurse who also provides a variety of aesthetic services including Botox and Dysport, soft-tissue fillers, microdermabrasion, sclerotherapy for spider veins, and Obagi skin care peels and products. Permanent make up is also a popular option at the institute performed by a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional.
Over the years, many people have asked me my secret for creating beautiful results and achieving excellent vision for my patients. The answer is simple: I listen carefully and attentively. By doing so, I am able to create an individualized rapport and bond with each patient that is uniquely unsurpassed, and I also make sure to relieve any concerns by answering all of your questions. The best part of my life's work is seeing the outstanding positive benefits that either visual rehabilitation through modern cataract surgery may achieve, or the increased self-confidence and self-esteem resulting from facial or body cosmetic surgery. It's this type of human contact and positive feedback that keeps me practicing..and smiling!
Dr. Justo's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Board certified in Ophthalmology
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Anterior Segment Ophthalmology
Cornea & External Diseases
Cornea & Refractive Surgery
Ophthalmic Reconstructive Surgery
Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Justo's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Accidental Eye Injuries
Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Binocular Vision Disorder
Cataract - Ataxia - Deafness
Cataract - Cardiomyopathy
Cataract, Total Congenital
Chronic Eye Diseases
Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Ectropion of Eyelid
Eye Movement Disorders
Eye Muscle Disorders
Foreign Body in Eye
Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
Glaucoma - Sleep Apnea
Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
Glaucoma, Normal Tension, Susceptibility to
Macular Degeneration, Polymorphic
Myopia, Infantile Severe
Myopia, Type 6
Poor Color Vision
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
Progressive High Myopia
Refractive Eye Disorders
Retinal Artery Occlusion
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Strabismus-Like Double Vision
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Defects
Visual Field Loss
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Antifungal Eye Drops
Argon Laser Surgery
Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty
Argon Laser Treatment
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Cataract Removal Surgery
Clear Lens Extraction
Clear Lens Surgery With Multifocal Implants
Clear Lens Surgery to Correct Near and Far Vision Simultaneous
Contact Lens Exams
Contact Lens Fitting Services
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic Facial Implant Surgery
Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
Diabetes Eye Care
Diabetic Eye Exam
Dilation of Outflow Canal
Endoscopic Brow Lift
Extracapsular Cataract Extraction
Extraocular Muscle Surgery
Facial Rejuvenation, Advanced, Laser
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Glaucoma Medical Therapy
Implantable Contact Lens
Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Office Procedure
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Vein Removal
LightSheer® Hair Removal Procedure
Medical and Surgical Management of Glaucoma
Non-Cosmetic Botox® Injection
Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures
Phakic Refractive Lens Implantation
Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
Plastic Surgery, Facial
Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
Punctal Plug Insertion
Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
Refractive Lens Exchange
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
Repair of Lid Retraction
Repair of Retinal Detachment
Retina and Vitreous Surgery
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft Tissue Injections
Sutureless Cataract Surgery
YAG Laser Capsulotomy
YAG Laser Surgery
Malpractice Claims not available
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arizona.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of Calcutta / B.S. Medical College
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1984
University of Michigan
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1984
University of Michigan Medical School
Medical School | Graduated 1985
St Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
Washington Hospital Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Justo has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Fellow
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Member
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Member
American Board of Ophthalmology, Diplomate
American Society of Lipo-Suction Surgery, Member
Arizona Medical Association, Member
Arizona Ophthalmological Society, Member
Arizona Society of Cosmetic Surgery, Member
Clinical Assistant Professor University of Arizona Phoenix Medical School, Assistant Professor
Midwestern University Glendale College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Optometry, Assistant Professor