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.

Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory ectasia or protrusion of the cornea. Over a period of years (from a few years to 5 or more years) the cornea tends to thin and steepen. As the cornea thins and steepens, the patient will experience a decrease in vision which can be mild or severe. For mild to moderate degrees of keratoconus, eyeglasses or soft contact lenses may be able to provide the patient with clear comfortable vision. However, in the more advanced cases of keratoconus, eyeglasses or soft contact lenses will not be able to provide the patient with clear vision. In addition, conventional gas permeable contact lenses may be able to provide clear vision but these lenses tend to be unstable on an advanced keratoconic cornea.

In the great majority of the patients that we see with advanced keratoconus, the outer cellular layer of the cornea known as the epithelium is compromised or not intact. For this reason patients with advanced keratoconus will not be able to tolerate or support a soft, hybrid or conventional gas permeable lenses. With these lens designs the vision may be acceptable but the comfort will not be. Also, the small gas permeable lenses may tend to pop out of the eye or have excess movement causing discomfort and eye pain after a short wearing period.

The only lens that will provide clear stable vision, and excellent comfort to a patient with advanced keratoconus will be a gas permeable scleral lens, specifically a GVR Scleral lens. This is due to the fact that the GVR Scleral lens does not touch the compromised cornea. Instead, the GVR Scleral lens vaults over the cornea and is supported by the white portion of the eye known as the sclera. The space between the back of the lens and the front surface of the cornea is filled with unpreserved sterile saline solution. In other words, the front of the eye is always in a moist environment. Because of this, very often the GVR Scleral lens will act as a therapeutic device and help the compromised corneal tissue heal. In addition, the blinking action of the eyelids against the irritated cornea can cause further damage to the cornea. The GVR Scleral lens will protect the compromised cornea from the rubbing action of the eyelids against the irritated cornea.

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