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Cataracts can impact your vision on top of existing conditions like near- and farsightedness or astigmatism.  

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are a permanent solution that can treat cataracts and restore your eyesight at the same time. 

Learn how Mills Eye + Facial Surgery can restore your eyesight in Pensacola, FL, using the latest IOLs. 

What are IOLs? 

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are see-through lenses that can help restore your eyesight by correcting refractive errors, a major cause of visual impairment. Unlike glasses or contact lenses, IOLs become a permanent part of your eyes. Most IOLs are used in tandem with cataract surgery, which we can perform at outpatient surgical centers around the Pensacola area. 

How Do IOLs Work?

Patients experience blurry vision when light is not focused correctly into the retinas, the part of your eye that transmits visual information to the brain. The shape of your eye and its various parts can impact its ability to focus light into the retina.
Up to three small, self-sealing incisions are made in the cornea for the laser or ultrasound probe, which is used to break down and remove the clouded lens. The IOL is rolled into a specialized injector, then inserted and unrolled into position.

An IOL replaces your natural lens, a transparent disk that sits behind the iris and pupil, with a custom-made one that reflects light more accurately into your retina. IOLs are a regular part of cataract surgery, a procedure that treats your natural lens when it becomes cloudy and obscures light. 

Benefits of IOLs

Improve Your Vision 

IOLs are a long-lasting solution that improves your vision by treating refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. 

Permanent Solution

When used for cataract surgery, intraocular lenses are the only permanent solution for vision loss due to a clouded natural lens. 

Increased Independence 

Intraocular lenses can decrease your dependence on glasses and contact lenses, and some patients may be able to get rid of them completely. 

Refractive Errors IOLs Can Correct 

IOL's are an essential part of cataract surgery, providing clear vision after the cataract is removed. Depending on which intraocular lens you choose, you may be able to fix more than one refractive error at the same time. Refractive errors intraocular lenses can address include:



Your distance vision can be impaired due to overcurvature of the cornea or if you have a longer eyeball.



If your eyeball is shorter than normal or the cornea is less curved than it should be, your near vision can be compromised. 

Man with Astigmatism


You may have blurred vision if your cornea or lens is curved too steeply in one direction. 

Lady with Presbyopia


Presbyopia occurs when your natural eye lens loses elasticity due to aging. This leads to gradual thickening and loss of flexibility in your natural eye lens, making it harder to focus on close objects. 

Regain Your Eyesight Contact Mills Eye + Facial Surgery Today

Cataracts can rob you of your vision, making things cloudy and difficult to see. If you notice your vision is declining, it's time to schedule a consultation with our Pensacola, FL, practice today. 

Cataract surgery may seem frightening, but the truth is it's a common procedure that has a high success rate. Our ophthalmologist, Dr. David Mills, is an oculofacial plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgeon who is double board certified. When conducted by accomplished professionals like Dr. Mills, cataract surgery is extremely safe and effective. 

Don't let cataracts take your vision away from you. Contact our Pensacola, FL, office today by requesting a consultation online or by calling:

(850) 266-7500

Dr. David Mills

"My Go-To Eye Doctor"  Reviews from Pensacola, FL, Patients


Gerald Hoover


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Without hesitation I would recommend Mills Eye to all my family and friends, and if asked by a stranger, Mills Eye would be my “Go to” eye doctor. He and his entire staff were friendly, courteous and answered those questions asked in clear understandable manner. 

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Margaret Lindsey


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They care about all their patients and are all very nice and understanding about my eye problems. I would tell everyone if they need an ophthalmologist they should try Dr. Mayes and Dr. Mills.

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Our Premium Selection

Our Pensacola, FL, practice offers some of the most advanced IOLs that can improve your vision with a more natural transition between different distance visions. Both of these premium brands offer toric IOLs for those with astigmatism.    

Tecnis Synergy IOLs

The Tecnis Synergy lenses are multifocal IOLs that can correct refractive errors and presbyopia, a natural form of visual impairment that occurs with age. Created by Johnson & Johnson, these IOLs can provide clear and consistent vision, even in various lighting conditions like nighttime driving. 

Alcon PanOptix Lens 

The Alcon PanOptix® Lens is the first trifocal IOL available in the US, a lens with three distinct sections instead of the typical two used in bifocal lenses. While a bifocal lens improves near and distance vision, PanOptix provides clear vision when looking at near, far, and intermediate objects.

How IOLs Are Placed

Placing IOLs is a necessary step during cataract surgery. All cataract surgeries performed by our Pensacola opthalmologist follow this general timeline:

Local Anesthetic

Our surgeon will prepare you for surgery with eye drops and local anesthetic.


A small incision is made in the cornea so the surgeon can access the lens. The clouded lens is separated into pieces and extracted. 


After the cataract is removed, the compressed IOL is inserted into your eye with a minimally invasive tool.


The compressed IOL will unroll and shift into the correct position, replacing your natural lens. 

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Dr.David Mills is the very best!! His staff s amazing, professional, and very friendly.

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Ronald Breedlove`


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Always a great experience and everyone is polite and professional. I would recommend Dr’s Mills and Mayes as the best on the Gulf Coast.

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The average cost of cataract surgery and IOLs depends on the patient and which surgical center in the Pensacola area is used for the procedure. Insurance typically covers some part of the cost, but the coverage depends on your specific plan. Our staff can check how much your insurance will cover.

David M. Mills, MD, FACS, and Wes Mayes, OD

Mills Eye + Facial Surgery

Mills Eye + Facial Surgery is a premier oculoplastic practice offering advanced surgical options and effective, non-invasive cosmetic treatments. Our surgeon, David M. Mills, MD, FACS, has won several prestigious awards and is affiliated with various organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons

Together with Wes Mayes, OD, Dr. Mills is proud to provide state-of-the-art ophthalmology and optometry to the Pensacola community. To discuss your goals with our doctors, request an appointment online or call us at (850) 266-7500.

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