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 over RK with Ectasia, Shown with Scleral Lens

This eye underwent 2 separate Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgeries followed by 2 separate LASIK surgeries many years later. A special camera and dye was used to obtain the first image you are seeing. The RK cuts are open which is why they "light up". The straight lines are the open RK incisions. The green circular line going around the cornea is the open LASIK flap seam. These 4 corneal surgeries created a condition known as "corneal ectasia". The 2nd image below is a computer enhanced diagram showing the elevations and depressions of this cornea. If this was a "normal" unoperated cornea what you would see here would be a continuous smooth curved surface. The dark red area in this image is the "ectatic" cornea. This patient is wearing a scleral lens over this cornea which is allowing this patient to see clearly and comfortably.

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