By Dr. Emilio Justo
When I founded the Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center in 1989, I had a goal to transform lives through restoring and caring for vision, a vital sense that most of us rely on for our day-to-day activities. Just 27 then, I had no idea what an amazing journey this would become.
Over the years, that dedication only grew as my staff worked with me to help thousands in our community regain and restore their independence, their vision and their quality of life.
I work long days and into the evening because of what I see each and every day — People regaining their vision, and able to enjoy life again. It is worth every single second, every eyelid surgery, every cataract surgery that I complete.
I invite you to join us Friday, Feb. 22, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary of serving the Valley’s vision and beauty needs. That is three decades of educating and improving the community’s collective vision, and well worth celebrating. You are all invited!
A big part of this gala event will be a live streamed upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, at noon. I will introduce you to the patient, then take her to the surgery center where you can watch the surgery play live on TV, to see just how easy it is to undergo, and why it is so worth looking to see if your insurance will cover the procedure. You will be able to speak to the patient immediately following her surgery! I will also make myself available for any questions you have, and to say hello.
It has always been important for me to educate the community that eyelid surgery is not just cosmetic, although it has obvious cosmetic benefits when you restore the original beauty of your eyes. But most importantly, eyelid surgery restores key vision that enables you to continue driving at night and to enjoy favorite activities without growing tired from heavy eyelids drooping into their peripheral vision.
We will also have experts available to talk about skin care and methods to maintain a natural looking youthful appearance using the best products available, from injectables to dermal fillers and even permanent makeup. After all, when we feel great about ourselves, all areas of our lives improve.
To celebrate the big occasion, we will have food, live music, valuable raffles, live demonstrations and some exciting surprises at the 30th Anniversary Gala, which will run 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at my Sun City West location, 19052 N. R.H. Johnson Blvd.
Editor’s Note: Emilio M. Justo, M.D., is Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center founder and medical director.