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 about 15 years ago, then Lasik, Open Incisions

The images below are of the same eye. This eye underwent Radial Keratotomy (RK) 30 years ago. 15 years later this same eye underwent LASIK surgery. A special dye was used to highlight the corneal defects created by these surgeries. In the first photo, note the lite up radial lines. These are the still open RK cuts or incisions. Note the circular yellow green line going around the periphery of the cornea. This is the border of the LASIK flap. The bright green horizontal line going across the lower portion of the cornea is known as a "cross cut incision" intended to eliminate any astigmatic error. The fact that these defects "lite up" tell you that these incisions are still open and subject to infection from opportunistic organisms entering these defects. The 2nd image was taken with a computerized corneal topographer. This technology involves casting lit concentric rings at the cornea. These rings reflect back into the computer-camera so that a photo can be taken. If the cornea had a smooth undistorted surface, the rings would appear to be perfectly round. Note how distorted these rings are. It is for this reason that eyeglasses and regular contact lenses cannot correct the vision in this eye. A scleral lens, however, will replace this cornea as an optical surface and allow the patient to see clearly once again.

SMAP 3D Scleral Lens Design

Last year we introduced an exciting piece of technology that has allowed us to custom design a scleral lens much more accurately. It is the SMAP 3D, which is a computer attached to a dedicated camera that allows us to obtain a 3 dimensional image of the entire front surface of the eye, including the cornea and the surrounding white portion of the eye (the sclera). Up until now there has not been any technology that would allow us to measure the ocular curvatures outside the cornea. The SMAP allows us to do this. Read More

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