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 PRK, PTK, and Haze

The photos below are the right and left corneas of the same patient. The first photo shows the right cornea. Between 2007 and 2015 this patient underwent the following surgeries: Right Eye: 2 separate LASIK surgeries followed by PRK surgery and then PTK surgery. Left Eye: 2 separate LASIK surgeries followed by 1 PRK surgery. After the last PTK surgery on this patient's right eye, the LASIK flap was either deliberately or accidentally amputated. In these photos note the scarring in the center of both corneas. Look closely at the photo of the right cornea. In addition to the scarring in the center of the right cornea you can see a cloudy haze extending around the entire periphery of this cornea. This is due to the amputation of the LASIK flap. The central corneal haze or scarring is due to the laser surgeries. This patient is legally blind in the right eye and has severely compromised vision in the left eye. For the past year this patient has had clear comfortable vision in both eyes with scleral lenses.

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