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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. 

"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 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.


The average cost of cataract surgery and IOLs are around $4,000 depending 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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