Re: Cataracts- Multifocal IOL vs Monofocal IOL
The people who tend to be happiest with ReStor (a multifocal lens) have the following characteristics: healthy eyes (no dry eyes, no retina problems), no astigmatism, small pupils, a surgeon who is experienced with multifocals. There are many online posts from very unhappy multifocal patients.
The Crystalens provides good distance and intermediate vision to many people, but you'll probably still need glasses for prolonged reading and seeing small print. It helps to have a surgeon who is very experienced with the Crystalens.
Mini-monovision with monofocal lenses is a great option without an out-of-pocket fee. It can give you good distance/intermediate vision or good intermediate/near vision, depending on how the lenses are set. But you'll still need glasses for some tasks. Mini-monovision works well with toric lenses, which correct astigmatism.