I've got one cage that's white on the inside so the puck (and other players) will stand out in your field of vision. It used to be made by Itech which merged with another company (Mission?) but I'm sure you could paint the inside of any cage.
I often find myself adjusting the tilt on my helmet so the bars are right where I want them.
I could not get used to the change from a half visor to a cage. After taking a puck to the mouth and another high medical bill I needed something to make sure I can play without visiting the emergency room so I switched to the Itech Concept II Deluxe face shield and have had no problems. Pretty much just a visor with vents where your mouth is so no loss of vision, haven't had any problem with fogging and it doesn't scratch easily. Very happy with it.
I switched from a visor to a cage a while back (after getting seven stitches in the chin). I found the black cages distracting; if you are wearing a black cage you could try a white or light grey cage before deciding to switch to a visor.
I never had any problems with cages, I think it's one of those things that if you keep thinking about it then you'll be distracted by it b/c you're psyching yourself out. I used to have one of those Jofa cages, the one that 99% of college players used to wear, had a real nice shape and was pretty protective. Not sure if you can still find them or what's close to them now a days.
How long have you had it on? It took me a few icetimes to get used to the switch back to a cage from a half visor. I was about to take it off and then took what would have been a slapshot in the teeth off of the cage. It's staying.
whiting out the inside of the cage is the best way to go. i used to wear a full cage as a kid and the black always messed me up and then one of my teammate's parents told me to just paint the inside of the cage white and it was night and day afterwards. give it a try with whiteout or just find a cage that's got white bars or go with a hybrid visor/cage.
If you have problems with a full cage wear it around the house watching tv or playing video games. that should help. I cant stand them personally thats why I wear a half shield only had a broken nose and couple of cuts here an there. nothing big plus I still have all my teeth.
I switched to Bauer 9500...it has the thinnest bars on the market and is very light weight. Also the finish isn't distracting. I haven't noticed it at all while playing.
I want to try that 9500 - it seems really good, from looking at it in the store. Noticeably lighter than other cages too.
I tried the Shield/Cage Itech combo for a scrimmage and didn't like it - much hotter than a cage. I'll pretty much fog up anything.
A cage lets you play without worrying about random accidents. I get a pass or clear rung off it at least once a game, and stick will always come up here and there. Try the 9500 - it's the best one out there, and just give it a little time. The issue is probably more mental than anything.
I don't get paid to play, so I'll do anything from having to tell a story that starts with: "WANNA KNOW HOW I GOT THESE SCARS?????"
I had that, I didnt like it at all. I like my half visor, and I like my white cage, but the two together didnt work well for me for whatever reason. I ended up cutting the cage off and turning it into a replaceable half visor.