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.

3 RKs followed by 3 Lasiks

These 3 images are of the same eye. This eye underwent 3 separate RK surgeries in the 1980's followed by 3 separate LASIK procedures between 25 and 30 years later. The first photo was taken 5 years ago. Note the open RK incisions and the blood vessel growth along the RK incisions. The milky-white hatchet shaped structure close to the pupil is epithelial ingrowth which are epithelial cells found in the outer layer of the cornea which got under the LASIK flap. 5 years ago this patient was referred to a corneal surgeon at major eye institution to see if he could life the LASIK flap and clean out the debris that got under the flap. This doctor was fearful of doing this because he felt that there was an unacceptable risk that the patient would need a corneal transplant on this eye. 6 months ago I took another photo of the same eye. Note the white "flecks" in the center of the cornea. Again, the patient was referred to the corneal specialists at this same major teaching eye institution who diagnosed this eye with a very rare condition known as "infectious crystalline keratopathy." The last image was taken with a technology known as "optical coherence tomography." Here you see a cross sectional image of the same eye with a scleral lens over it. Note that these crystalline deposits reside in the center of the cornea. Infectious crystalline keratopathy is one of the risk factors for refractive eye surgeries such as RK and LASIK which may appear many years later.

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