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 - 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 underwent LASIK about 15 years ago. Several years later this patient was told that he had ectasia in this eye and that the best way to correct this condition was Intacs surgery. Intacs are plastic rings that are surgically inserted into the center of the cornea. The idea of these rings is to make the cornea more spherical. Several years after these rings were inserted into this cornea, crystals began forming over and around the Intacs rings. 5 years later, an inflammatory response developed around the lower plastic ring with significant blood vessel growth. One year later the lower Intacs ring was surgically removed. The corneal surgeon who removed this Intacs ring told me that it was touch and go as far as the need for a corneal transplant was concerned. The last photo shows this cornea after the Intacs was removed. This cornea will be permanently scarred. The point that I am trying to make is to be careful about any additional surgeries suggested to you to undo the damage caused by the first surgery. By the way, this patient is currently wearing a scleral lens over this eye for vision and comfort purposes.

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