Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Since you have years of experience with monovision contact lenses I feel you would do just fine with monovision toric IOL's.
Who knows how long it will take for the FDA to get around to approving the new toric mulitfocals and, since your cataracts are at the point that they are bothering you and are ready to come out, I do not see any reason to delay surgery.
Also, should you have the monofocal/toric IOL's placed in your eyes in a monovision configeration after cataract surgery and, for whatever reason, do not like it, you can have IOL explanted and exchanged.
Is there anything else you would like to discuss at this point or have all your questions been answered to your satisfaction?
I hope this information was helpful for you. But I do work for tips so I want to make sure you are happy with me before rating me. If you have another question on this or a related issue feel free to fire away. And please let me know if the rating system gives you any troubles. Thanks in advance, Dr. Rick MD FACS
We have been experiencing problems with the chat system for the last few days. Our engineers are working on it. However, I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)
What is the reason that my far distance vision is blurry right now (actually for quite a while--I really have to concentrate & tell my brain to focus on distance while driving). Is it the cataracts? Astigmatism? Or the monovision contacts? (My distance vision is much clearer when wearing my bifocals. . . )
I am weighing cost (our insurance premiums continue to go up; benefits continue to go down). I can only expect more of the same in 2014. . .The fact that I've already invested time/money in 3 measurment visits (a 4th scheduled for Friday, 3/22--surgery scheduled for 4/16). I have an active lifestyle, and do not want to wear glasses. Also, the contacts generally work so well for me that I am tempted, too often, to sleep in them. I realize that this is a very dangerous practice. Just having a hard time making a decision. . .a friend/colleague in Ecuador just had toric multifocal implants, and she is begging me to wait for FDA approval--scheduled for 13-14 months from now. However, not sure I want to be one of the first patients implanted with this new lens.