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.

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 the photos. This is scarring created by the laser. Look carefully at the "smiley face" white line at the bottom of the photo. This is the outline of the LASIK flap. The laser procedure degraded the vision in this eye and the scarring is permanent. The 2nd photo also shows a post-LASIK cornea with ectasia. This eye underwent Intacs surgery after the diagnosis of ectasia was made. The thick translucent structure going around the lower half of this photo is the Intacs ring. The Intacs did nothing to undo the corneal irregularity created by the LASIK surgery. Note the grey haze just above the Intacs. This is the scarring created by the laser surgery that was done in an attempt to make this cornea more spherical. Neither the Intacs or the laser procedure improved the vision in this eye. In fact, the corneal distortion and vision was made worse by these 2 additional surgeries.

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