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, then Ectasia, then PRK, then Haze

The 2 images below are of the same eye. This patient's eye underwent LASIK surgery 5 years ago. Several years later this eye developed post-LASIK corneal ectasia. After this diagnosis was made, it was suggested that this patient undergo PRK (photo refractive keratectomy) surgery to make this cornea more spherical. The first photo shows this cornea after the LASIK-PRK surgeries were done. Look carefully and note the circular line at 6:00 and 5:00 o'clock. This is the seam of the LASIK flap. Note the cloudy areas below the pupil. This is the corneal haze created by the PRK surgery. The 2nd image is a 3-D computer enhanced model of this cornea showing the extreme corneal distortion. If this was a "normal" cornea, the front corneal curve would be smooth and spherical. This patient is wearing a scleral lens over this eye which is allowing him to see clearly (20/25) without distortions. The bottom line is that the PRK surgery created additional problems for this patient. In my opinion, he would have been better off not getting involved with any additional procedures.

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