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.

post-Lasik Meibomian Gland issues

The 2 images below are of the "meibomian" glands of 2 different patients. These glands exist within the lining of our eyelids and produce the oils that cover the watery portion of our tears. If these glands are compromised, we can lose the tear film covering the ocular surface of our eyes (through evaporation) exposing the underlying ocular tissues to the environment and the blinking action of the eyelids. "Meibomian gland dropout" or atrophy is one of the leading causes of dry eyes if not the leading cause. In the images below, the white vertical lines are the meibomian glands. In the 1st image, note that these white lines (which exist on the underside of our eyelids) appear compromised and do not extend the length of eyelid lining. In this image, these glands are atrophied and as a result this patient has a very dry eye. This eyelid belongs to an otherwise healthy 25 year old woman. In the 2nd image, note that the meibomian glands extend the entire length of the eyelid lining. As you all know I am not a proponent of LASIK surgery. However, it would be interesting to know what percentage of LASIK patients had a meibomian gland evaluation before undergoing LASIK surgery.

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