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 12 years ago, Ectasia a few years later

This is a photo of an eye that underwent LASIK surgery about 12 years ago and developed post LASIK corneal ectasia several years later. In an attempt to make this patient's cornea less irregular a procedure known as Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) was done. CK involves the use of a small probe that uses radio wave to reshape the cornea. Before taking this photo, we instilled a special dye onto the ocular surface and placed a special filter before the microscope in order to highlight the defects on the cornea. The bright ring going around the corneal periphery is the LASIK flap. The fact that you see the dye lets you know that there is space between the LASIK border and the surrounding tissue. The green-yellow dots that are positioned like the numbers on a clock are from the CK probe. Several years after this photo was taken, this cornea began to come apart. The cornea became extremely cloudy and the corneal epithelium began separating from the underlying corneal tissue. In addition, this eye developed an internal ocular infection known as an endophthalmitis. After the infection was treated, corneal transplant surgery was done. The end result of all these surgeries was an eye with light perception only.

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