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.

RK followed by Lasik

This eye underwent RK surgery in the 1980's followed by LASIK surgery about 12 years later. This eye now has post-LASIK corneal ectasia which developed a few years after the LASIK surgery. This eye also has epithelial ingrowth. Note the thick grey white discoloration at 10:00 in this photo. This is a cluster of epithelial cells (the cells lining the outer surface of the cornea) that have gotten underneath the LASIK flap where they do not belong. In the center of the cornea opposite the pupil note the "glitter" or brightly colored debris. These are epithelial cells that have migrated (under the LASIK flap) to the center of the cornea and have deposited along the visual axis or line of vision. The green radial lines seen in this photo are the open RK incisions, still open after all these years. I saw this patient today and also one year ago. This eye appears the same as it did last year. However, yearly examinations are necessary to make sure that the cornea and eye remain stable. I have been taking care of this patient for the past 10 years. Both of her eyes were fit with scleral lenses which are allowing her to see clearly and comfortably.

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