I am male, 33 years old, with bilateral (and growing) PSC cataracts. Also a huge (and growing number) of floaters as well. Have had many dilated eye exams from very good doctors and there are no retinal complications (although, there may be faint signs of PVD, but no retinal tears or detachment).
I've consulted with some doctors who have performed upwards of 25,000 cataract operations and several thousand Restor implants. (Dr. Christerbury in North Carolina, Dr. Mckool in NYC, some others in teaching hospitals)
No one can really recommend a lens to me. They've all gone over pros/cons of monofocal (Alcon IQ aspheric, for example) and multifocal (Restor). They've all said that Restor has "good" performance but does leave halos around bright lights which will never go away.
No one is sure whether mono or multi is good for me, everyone has said that although most people are happy with restors, some people are never able to adjust.
Also restor is similar to Monofocal for distance but not great for intermediate vision.
I'm a computer programmer, heavy web surfing, cell phone, video game use. Reading finely printed computer manuals and switching back and forth from the manual to the screen is important to me. I've worn glasses since 14 and have -5.50D in both eyes.
So my questions are:
1) Does the Aspheric restor improve intermediate vision over the previous version ? Does this newer version make going with restor now, a no-brainer ?
2) I've read that with monofocals, vision is quite blurry less than 5 feet inwards. With monofocals, could I switch easily from keyboard, monitor, open manual etc with bifocals or would i have to keep switching glasses to read a monitor 22 inches away vs. a book 12 inches away ? IF this is possible with MONOfocals, then maybe they are a safer option ?
3) Having the ability to read my wristwatch when I get up in the morning or a book to fall asleep to would also be great :-)
4) What other advise would forum members give me ? I really need to get surgery in the next year or so (I have too much glare, halos, smudged vision as of now with PSC). I'm
generally quite fussy (a smudge on my glasses really bothers me) but as I grow older, I think I can learn to compromise/adjust better with whatever type of IOL I choose.
Thanks so much for all your advice and replies.