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 in 2006, then Ectasia a year later, then Pressure Spike

The woman in this photo underwent LASIK surgery in 2006. (She is pictured here with Dr. Boshnick.) About a year later she developed post-LASIK ectasia in both eyes. In 2008, in an effort to correct her distorted corneas, she underwent another refractive surgical procedure known as CK (conductive keratoplasty). In March, 2014 the right corneal LASIK flap became dislodged and her cornea perforated. A emergency corneal transplant was performed to restore vision. To prevent rejection of the corneal transplant she was placed on steroid drops which caused a sharp spike in the intraocular pressure of her right eye to over 50 mm Hg. To bring the pressure down a shunt was surgically placed into her eye. Although her intraocular pressure was reduced to a normal level, irreversible damage was done to her optic nerve. She is now blind in her right eye. This case is an example of what we refer to as the domino effect of unnecessary eye surgery.

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