Tina presented a special challenge due to her very high degree of farsightedness. At the +7.00 range, this is beyond what laser vision correction can cleanly and reliably correct. The other problem with laser treatment for this degree of farsightedness is that the effect of the treatment can diminish over time, causing return of farsightedness. For this reason I am now reluctant to advise LASIK for farsightedness much above about +3.50.
For Tina, I advised lens implantation, or what some call "clear lens replacement for hyperopia". I know that this seems a slightly more invasive treatment than LASIK, but for Tina and others like her, it is much better. Tina was very circumspect, wanting to talk to other patients of ours that had received similar care; we made this possible and support this kind of "due diligence".
Tina's lens replacement care was provided in November '06, and went well. We did some enhancement treatment for a mild amount of astigmatism in April of '07. For the first time in her entire life, she is now fully functional and very comfortable without wearing glasses. She just returned from a trip to the Caribbean, and was excited to tell me about her snorkeling and SCUBA diving without acontact lenses or prescription-containing dive masks, which she'd always needed to use before.
We are delighted with the results of her care.