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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Over the past several decades I have created a unique scleral lens practice in Miami, Florida. Each specialty scleral lens that we fit is customized for each individual eye.

My philosophy to scleral lens fitting is to use the best of what modern technology has to offer, not just in the use of the newest materials and technologies available But also in the installation and use of the best diagnostic instrumentation, computers and specialty software to help us address the many vision issues facing our “high need” patient population.

The unique scleral lenses used in my practice along with the high tech equipment used to aid in the design of these lenses represents a major advancement in the field of specialty lens care. My practice deals with the most atypical corneas. Many of the eyes and corneas that I work with have been compromised and damaged from trauma, disease and surgery.

Specialty contact and scleral lens design and fitting is one of the most challenging and time consuming activities facing most eye care practitioners who do not fit such lenses on a regular basis. It requires innovation, imagination, extraordinary care and an eye for detail. For this reason, the overwhelming majority of eye care professionals are unable to provide these lenses and services. I do provide these services and lens technologies and have done so for over 30 years.

I have been fortunate enough to have treated patients from all over the world who have sought care for a number of ocular conditions such as keratoconus, post-surgical complications and severe dry to name just a few. My most shocking finding is how difficult it is for so many patients to find doctors specializing in treating patients with complicated ocular and corneal conditions.

Many eye doctors and corneal specialists hesitate to refer “high need” patients to eye care providers such as myself for fear that their patients will not be sent back to them at the end of their patient’s treatment. It should be understood that all patients referred to our practice for specialized lens care will be referred back to the patient’s referring eye doctor for continuing routine eye care. It is my feeling that my specialized practice should be viewed as a useful and necessary extension of the referring eye doctor’s practice.

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