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.

Lasik in 2000 followed by Ectasia and Hydrops

The photos below are of the same eye taken 4 years apart. This eye underwent LASIK surgery in 2000. About 5 years later this eye developed post-LASIK corneal ectasia. In the lower left profile photo notice the protrusion or "bulging" of the cornea. This photo was taken about 6 years ago. The lower right photo is of the same eye taken 2 years ago. On this eye you can see a scleral lens. The cloudy area just below the pupil is due to a condition known as "hydrops". This condition is due to the most posterior corneal membrane (Descemets membrane) rupturing. When the intra ocular pressure against the weakened cornea is too great for the post-LASIK cornea to endure, this membrane will rupture allowing fluid from within the eye (the aqueous) to enter the center of the cornea. While there is no pain associated with this condition, vision can be severely compromised. The scleral lens is the only non-invasive technology that will allow this eye to provide functional vision. If the central area of the cornea becomes clouded obscuring vision, corneal transplant surgery will be the only option that will allow the eye to see clearly once again.

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