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 30 years ago, then Lasik, Incisions STILL open

This is a photo of the front surface of an eye that underwent Radial Keratotomy surgery 30 years ago followed by LASIK surgery years later. A special dye was used to highlight the defects (cuts) in this cornea. The straight lines that you see at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 O'Clock are the open RK incisions. The bright green circular line going around the periphery of the cornea is the outline of the LASIK flap. Needless to say, the vision that this patient has with this eye is very poor. In addition the eye is very dry and presents this patient with significant comfort issues. This eye was recently fit with a scleral lens which has greatly improved the vision and comfort in this eye for our patient. The cuts that you see in this eye are permanent. There is no way to undo the damage to the eye created by these needless elective surgeries. The only thing that we can do is to manage the patient's comfort and vision as best we can with specialty lenses. Corneal transplant surgery is really not a viable option.

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