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 Articles

Two RKs, Then Four Lasiks, then Ectasia, Neovascularization, and Epithelial Ingrowth.

The eyes seen here underwent 2 separate Radial Keratotomy surgeries in the 1980's. Beginning in 2000 and for several years after, each eye underwent 4 separate LASIK surgeries. Both eyes developed ectasia following these surgeries. In addition, over a period of years, both corneas became neo-vascularized (blood vessel growth onto the cornea) and developed epithelial ingrowth. Epithelial ingrowth is a condition where the cells from the outermost corneal layer (the epithelium) begins to grow under the LASIK flap where it does not belong creating a cloudy cornea. Look carefully at the first photo and you can see at 11:00 and 12:00 a cloudy inflamed appearance within the open RK incisions. These are epithelial cells that have gotten into the central cornea through the open RK incisions. In the 2nd photo, notice the grey haze opposite the pupil. This is epithelial ingrowth. Epithelial cells have gotten under the LASIK flap and are growing in an area where they do not belong. Note the blood vessels growing onto the cornea from 9:00 and 10:00. Again, blood vessels do not belong on the cornea. At the present time this patient has an appointment with a corneal specialist to determine if a corneal transplant in the left eye is the most appropriate course of action.

Epithelial Ingrowth After RK and Lasik Surgery

The top photo was taken in 2010. Note the blood vessels growing along the RK incision. In addition, if you look carefully you will notice a few milky-white deposits near the blood vessels close to the pupil. This was the first sign of epithelial cells ( the outer cellular layer of the cornea) getting underneath the LASIK flap. The lower photo was taken in 2013. Note how the milky white area has grown dramatically. The R-K surgery was done in 1988 and the LASIK surgery was done in 1999. At the present time this patient is having a consultation at a major university eye center for a corneal transplant.

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