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 Ectasia with Epithelial Ingrowth, then PRK, then Haze

The photos below are the right and left eye of a patient with post-LASIK corneal ectasia and (epithelial ingrowth) who underwent PRK surgery 1 year after the ectasia diagnosis was made. The first photo shows a scleral lens over this patient's right eye. Look carefully and not the white-grey haze in the center of this photo opposite the pupil. This haze was created by the PRK surgery and is permanent. Toward the left side of this photo note the elongated white-grey haze. This is the epithelial ingrowth. This is caused by epithelial cells (the cells lining the corneal surface) getting underneath the LASIK flap where they do not belong. The 2nd photo shows the epithelial ingrowth in the left cornea. These epithelial cells can migrate and proliferate creating vision loss years later making it mandatory that this patient's eyes are examined at regular intervals.

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