Zembla Documentary on Lasik, Pain, and Suicidality

This Lasik documentary was created by investigative journalists in Holland. The language is mostly Dutch, with English subtitles. The documentary focuses on corneal neuropathic path after Lasik and the suicidality it creates. Dutch physician Dr. Michael Brouwer and other Lasik sufferers in Holland are interviewed, as is Dr. Edward Boshnick in the United States (see EyeFreedom.com). The investigators ask: Is the experience of pain after Lasik really uncommon? What are the consequences when it occurs? Also interviewed are Dr. David Barsook and Dr. Morris Waxler. Dr. Barsook is Director of the Pain and Imaging Neuroscience (P.A.I.N.) Group at Boston Children’s Hospital, MGH ,and McLean Hospital at Harvard University. Dr. Barsook maintains that corneal pain after Lasik follows an established model of neuropathic pain. Dr. Morris Waxler is the FDA's former chief research scientist on Lasik. Dr. Waxler maintains at his website HelpStopLasik.com that "The FDA does not want to admit that millions of people have now had a surgery that never should have been approved by its own rules. The FDA is now engaged in covering-up a scandal and an epidemic, and its own corrupt practices. This should be exposed, and LASIK should end." He revisits these conclusions in the video.

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LASIK, then PRK, PTK, and Haze

The photos below are the right and left corneas of the same patient. The first photo shows the right cornea. Between 2007 and 2015 this patient underwent the following surgeries: Right Eye: 2 separate LASIK surgeries followed by PRK surgery and then PTK…

PRK, now 20/300 without Scleral Lens

The 2 photos below are of an eye that underwent multiple eye surgeries including PRK surgery several years ago. Look carefully and you can see blood vessel growth along the corneal surface, where blood vessels do not belong. Also note the grey haze on the…

post-Lasik Ectasia with Epithelial Ingrowth, then PRK, then Haze

The photos below are the right and left eye of a patient with post-LASIK corneal ectasia and (epithelial ingrowth) who underwent PRK surgery 1 year after the ectasia diagnosis was made. The first photo shows a scleral lens over this patient's right eye. Look…

Lasik, then Ectasia, then PRK, then Haze

The 2 images below are of the same eye. This patient's eye underwent LASIK surgery 5 years ago. Several years later this eye developed post-LASIK corneal ectasia. After this diagnosis was made, it was suggested that this patient undergo PRK (photo refractive…

ALK on Hyperopic Cornea

The 3 images below are of the same eye. This eye underwent a refractive surgical procedure known as Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty or ALK. This procedure was abandoned about 15 years ago and as far as I know is not being done any longer. This eye was about…

post-Lasik Meibomian Gland issues

The 2 images below are of the "meibomian" glands of 2 different patients. These glands exist within the lining of our eyelids and produce the oils that cover the watery portion of our tears. If these glands are compromised, we can lose the tear film covering…

Topography of Cornea with post-Lasik Ectasia

The images below are 3-D computer enhanced corneal topographies of the right and left eye of a patient with post-LASIK corneal ectasia. In a "normal" cornea the surface would be a smooth continuous convex curve. What you are looking at are corneal surfaces as…

Series of Transplanted Corneas due to Lasik

This note is directed to those considering some form of LASIK combined with corneal transplant surgery. The photos below are of eyes that have undergone corneal transplant surgery. These corneas have either been rejected or are on the verge of rejection.…

Lasik over RK with Ectasia, Shown with Scleral Lens

This eye underwent 2 separate Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgeries followed by 2 separate LASIK surgeries many years later. A special camera and dye was used to obtain the first image you are seeing. The RK cuts are open which is why they "light up". The straight…

Ectasia - Do NOT get Intacs

To the members of this group who were diagnosed with post-LASIK ectasia and were told that Intacs surgery was indicated to correct this condition, please consider the photos below. All of these photos were taken of the same eye at different times. This eye…

Ectasia with Scarring

For those members who have developed post-LASIK corneal ectasia and are thinking about undergoing laser surgery to smooth out the corneal surface, please take the photos below into consideration. In the first photo, notice the cloudy areas in the center of…

3 RKs followed by 3 Lasiks

These 3 images are of the same eye. This eye underwent 3 separate RK surgeries in the 1980's followed by 3 separate LASIK procedures between 25 and 30 years later. The first photo was taken 5 years ago. Note the open RK incisions and the blood vessel growth…

RK - Do NOT try more Surgeries

This post is directed those who've lost quality vision due to Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery. Below, are photos of different eyes that underwent RK surgery and later on went on to lose quality vision and ocular comfort. All of the patients whose eye photos…

Wide RK Incisions

Note how wide these incisions are and how far they extend out to the corneal periphery. The 2nd photo is of a cornea with a transplant. When a corneal transplant is done, only the center 6mm to 8mm of the central cornea is removed. The donor cornea has to be…

Flat RK Cornea

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Scleral Lens over Lasik Ectasia with Intacs

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Lasik followed by Retinal Detachment, then Pain

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RK followed by ALK

The 2 images below are of the same eye. This eye underwent Radial Keratotomy about 30 years ago followed by a form of LASIK surgery known as ALK (Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty). In the photo below a special dye (fluorescein) was instilled onto the ocular…

Lasik over RK Equals Ectasia

Below are photos of the right and left eye of a patient that underwent both Radial Keratotomy(RK) in the 1980"s followed by LASIK surgery in each eye about 15 years later. Shortly after undergoing LASIK, both of this patient's eyes developed post-LASIK…

3D of Highly Myopic Cornea post-Lasik

This image below is a 3-D rendition of a highly myopic cornea that underwent LASIK surgery. There was so much corneal tissue removed that the front surface of the cornea is literally a flat surface like a table top. There is no way for this patient to have…

Lasik Ten Years Ago

This is a photo of an eye that underwent LASIK surgery about 10 years ago. 3 years later this eye developed post-LASIK corneal ectasia. In an effort to improve this condition, this patient went to Canada (about 4 years ago) for a PRK treatment (with a special…

RK Thirty Years Ago

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Scleral Lens over Thin Keratoconic Cornea

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RK followed by Lasik

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Eye Print Pro Treats Highly Irregular Eye, From 20/800 to 20/20

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Cataract and Vitrectomy due to Penetrating Injury

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EyePrint Pro

EyePrintPro technology creates a scleral lens based on a mold of the cornea. The molding is accurate to 1 or 2 microns and fits perfectly because it exactly mirrors the irregularities of the individual corneal surface. The technology is well suited for post-Lasik, Keratoconus, RK, eye injury, and corneal transplant patients. Read More in this PDF about EyePrintPro Scleral Lens Technology

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Recent Letters of Thanks

Young Woman Applies to Med School

Good afternoon Dr. Boshnick, I am in the process of applying for medical schools and was wondering if you would be willing to write me a letter of recommendation? I have chosen to write my personal statement (why I would like to attend medical school) based on my experience as your patient, and have also listed my experience of shadowing you as one of my most impactful experiences on my application, and thus feel that a letter of recommendation would hold strongly from you.

Words of Thanks from Peru

Dear Ed, Thank you so much for giving my Dad a new life! This means the world for him and for all of us! I would love to see his face when he receives your pictures! We appreciate so much your patience, enthusiasm and your great and professional work. See you in 2 months, Un abrazo, Cari

Words of Thanks from an Aunt and her Niece from Mexico


Thank you very much Dr. Edward Boshnick for all the good things that you have done for my beautiful niece Sora Avtan and me, you are an angel in our lives, the best doctor in the whole world and the best human being I ever known. In my special case, you gave me back my life, the gift of sight...God bless you!! I love you so much. -- Jackie Tanous

I couldn't be more thankful with you Dr. Boshnick, you didn't only brought me back my sight but you gave me hope and the best gift someone can give you, happiness. These past few months I was able to witness what an amazing person and incredible doctor you are. Thank you so much for what you've done for me and my aunt Jackie Tanous. God bless you!!! And once again, Thank you so so much!!!!! -- Sora Avtan

My father is living better

Many thanks again for everything, my father is living a much better life thanks to you!

I am very satisified with my lenses...

I am very satisfied with my lenses and after I left your office on the last day I was driving home and I thought how I wished I had put more thought into what I wanted to say before making the video. I would have said to the viewers how knowledgeable, friendly and sincere you and your staff are, the concerned professional attitude, ensuring all t's were crossed and i's dotted (proficient), the patience everyone had with answering all of my questions completely...and the friendly, knowledgeable professional atmosphere that made my experience a very satisfying one, way more than I expected. Thank you. -- Stephanie

 

 

Stargazer enjoying night sky again

 

My dear Dr. B, wanted to thank you again for your expertise, your amazing gift. These past few nights up north by the ocean we have had the clearest skies we have seen in a while. Michael and I have been stargazing for years, with him I've also seen many planets, our moon, our sun and have lost my breath to countless shooting stars. This time though, I was able to see what seemed to be stars within stars, the clarity with which I could focus the sparkles of tiny little lights in the dark sky left me in awe. While we feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy them, I send you blessings for your contribution to my crystal clear experience, again and again, thank you!

Flavia

Words of thanks

I love the sclera lenses. I NEVER thought I'd say that! They protect my eyes and allow me to do things I haven't been able to do in years. I love that I can manage the pain and have an explanation. I love that they don't pop out. I read on your facebook page a post from a woman who talked about similar experiences.

From Captain Juan Fernandez, Active Duty Marine

Thank you Dr. Boshnick for giving me my life back.

From a 93-Year Old Scleral Lens Patient in Peru

Dear Edward, It´s been so important for me and my family to get to know you, we thank you so much for your personal, professional and special assistance during my visit last April to your Center, you and your staff were fantastic! The scleral lenses you prepared form me are giving me the vision that enligthens my 93 years!! I am enclosing the Tomography performed by Dr. Luis Tobaru, my ophthalmologist in Lima. I hope to be visiting you in october this year.

Many thanks again!
Gonzalo

Edward Boshnick, O.D., F.A.A.O

Edward Boshnick, O.D., F.A.A.O

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Thinking about Refractive Surgery? Think again.

Below are illustrations of vision damaged by LASIK eye surgery, including blurry vision, smeared vision, ghosting, halos, starbursting, and glare. Images courtesy VisionSimulations.com

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